10/25/2013 03:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

HERO Opens for its Second Year

September 18th marked the beginning of ArtPrize, which was the world's largest open art competition held throughout the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. For [Fashion Has Heart], it meant months of planning and hard work finally coming to fruition.

[FHH] flew all of the veterans back for the unveiling of their designs on Sept. 11th. The tragedy on 9/11 is an event that inspired many of our Heroes to take up arms on behalf of our country. With the 12th anniversary of 9/11 falling a week before ArtPrize officially began, it seemed very fitting to host a special Grand Opening for these Heroes' stories on that night.


The opening allowed attendees to meet the veterans and hear the meanings behind their designs.

The exhibit, complete with a mini-documentary explaining the creative process, was very well received. On one side of each Heroes' shipping pallet display, there was a blank canvas that attendees could leave personal messages for the Heroes. Less than a week after the event has begun, their boards have already filled-up. Following ArtPrize, each Hero will be given their boards to hang in their homes, making them a constant reminder of the hundreds of people who are supporting them in their post-service duties.




Throughout the venue, each veteran Hero had their own shipping crate boxes displaying their t-shirt and Bates boot designs, as well as their personal stories.

The HERO [series] will also be opening at The Forbes Art Galleries in collaboration with Kendall College of Art and Design starting Nov. 11.

Check out the [Fashion Has Heart] site for a preview of this year's designs before they go up in the webstore!