Collection #5 is just as important to the others, but this one is extra special to the brand.. LOPH is a deaf owned brand; owner, Kellie Irvin created + designs the clothing is Deaf but uses the cochlear implants to connect with the Hearing world. Kellie grew up with Hearing parents, two big brothers, one deaf and one hearing, because of this they all learned sign language + it became Kellie and her brothers’ first language growing up. The design on these hoodies is I love you in sign language, with a peace sign melting to keep our message of spreading peace all around you + to the world. Kellie believes that being Deaf gave her a huge sense of peace within herself + wants to get rid of the stigma of Deafness being a bad thing, and does not take away from who that person is.
“Because of my parents going out of their way to learn ASL and making us feel at home even if they can’t understand, I was able to grow to create and be my best self. I want to help other Deaf kids be able to be comfortable and to find their peace like I did, so this collection is for them.” - Kellie Irvin