The power of a child’s imagination inspired brothers Jonathan and Alex Torrey to found Umano, a fashion brand specialising in luxe essentials featuring children’s artwork. Their sketches are showcased on a selection of fine jersey T-shirts, sweatshirts, tanks and dresses, and for every purchase a child is given a backpack filled with school supplies. Umano – meaning “mankind” in Italian – partners with schools in the US and abroad, and the brothers embark on “giving trips” to personally deliver the rucksacks.
Among the bestselling prints are the cool Fixie bicycle (pictured) by six-year-old Ruben, who wants to be a firefighter, and friendly monster Eddie by aspiring doctor Ramón, also aged six. “We are motivated by children’s raw confidence when drawing,” Alex says, “and hope to make an impact by empowering them to unleash their creativity through art.”