Fashion (pays it) Forward

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Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Airline senior Haley Wade wearing one of two shirts she designed for her senior project. Proceeds from t-shirt sales at her April 10 event will go toward helping a local couple who is in the process of adopting internationally.

Airline senior helping local couple adopt internationally through t-shirt sales

Haley Wade dreams of one day owning her own boutique.

She’s putting her passion for fashion to use this semester with her senior project. Wade has designed two t-shirts with help from mentor Britney Spivey, owner of Simply Chic Boutique in Bossier City, and will host a reveal party Sunday, April 10.

These are no ordinary t-shirts, though.

“I wanted something that everyone could wear,” Wade said. “We settled on a Mother’s Day theme, but then I heard about Jason and Tracy. It changed everything.”

Proceeds from the event will help Jason and Tracy Wood with costs associated with international adoption. Though she has never met the couple, Wade feels there’s more to gain from this project than just a letter grade at school.

“My mom has always said to take the gifts God gave you and give back to others,” Wade said. “I’m taking my love for fashion and design to help support this couple.”

The first t-shirt she designed says “Love my Tribe.” The meaning behind it,” Wade explained, is the word tribe refers to family.

“Since the proceeds are going to be donated to this couple, it’s going to help them start their own tribe…their own family,” she said.

The second t-shirt says “Raising Arrows” and is based on Psalm 127 verses 3-5: “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” (NIV)

Along with designing t-shirts, Wade wrote a paper on international adoption.

“[Jason and Tracy] are in the process of adopting a little girl from China. After doing my research, I found that traveling and adoption expenses are very pricey,” Wade said. “I would love to see a big turnout and hope this will inspire others to give back to the community.”

The t-shirt reveal party will be held April 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Simply Chic Boutique, located at 2850 Douglas Drive in Bossier City. Shirts are available in size small through large. “Love my Tribe” shirts will also be available in youth sizes.

Wade is the daughter of Frank and Ashley Wade of Bossier City and a senior at Airline High School. She plans to attend LSU Baton Rouge in the fall and major in business.