Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Army Specialist Danielle Green-Byrd was hit by a rocket propelled grenade while on patrol in Iraq. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, she discovered that her dominant left arm had been amputated. Additionally, her husband unexpectedly passed away not long after she returned home to Chicago. In spite of these circumstances, Green-Byrd continued to give back to others. She earned two masters degrees and now provides counseling to returning wounded veterans.
Green-Byrd’s design represents her journey through life. Each door is a symbol of how her path has changed, including the knob changing orientation to accommodate her lost arm and a chapel door left open to symbolize her husband’s sudden passing. For Green-Byrd, this shirt is a daily reminder to continue pushing forward, no matter what door may close.
Green-Byrd’s boot design is inspired by both her patriotism and the design of some of her favorite basketball shoes. As a tribute, the side panels list major conflicts the USA has been involved in, and she added a zipper to allow her to put them on with her remaining arm.
Phil Jones is a designer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is an art director for the creative firm, Carmichael Lynch. Jones’s portfolio includes work for Apple, Hershey’s, Disney, and other prominent international brands.