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Freely Given Movement // Apparel that matters 08.20.2015


Today we get to share a project with you that is so very near and dear to our hearts. We were introduced to the Freely Given Movement at the beginning of the year when our sweet friend, Allison Corrin, emailed, telling us of a dream she and her husband, Chris, shared to help people going through hardship. She shared with us the first story they had chosen to tell, the first family to support —The Van Sickle family. Allison had used her amazing photography talent to share their three-year-old daughter, Kit’s, story visually, and as we watched, the tears ran down our cheeks. We were so thankful to know of Kit’s story and couldn’t wait to share it anywhere possible, as is the goal of the project. The way they describe Freely Given is as “a social enterprise created to rally community behind families in crisis through the power of social media and the sale of uniquely designed apparel.” To say that we are honored to have had the opportunity to create the first shirt designs for their campaign is an understatement. Supporting a cause born of such caring and compassion truly makes our work worthwhile.

Meet three year-old Kit. Learn more about her story and how 90% of profits from the Go Kit Go collection will go towards providing for her in home care.

11834881_385544384972719_7044203082781918376_oIn Allison’s words after spending the day documenting Kit’s family: “They had met many others walking these days, months, years ahead of their story, but the journey was often the same. Children were around them daily, flesh failing yet spirit thriving, strength exemplified. They had also met those broken. Destroyed by disappointment, hope burnt out, souls empty.
Yet, Kit’s choice has been made from the beginning.
They’ll carry hope wherever they go, they won’t let go of faith.
And when they can’t, their people will carry them.”11879070_385542134972944_8179134863019045264_o“As unique as each of our stories are, we can find a unifying theme in the journey. We celebrate together in the peaks, in the joyful times, where we have received and are full. But then for many of us, unavoidable landslides occur along the way somewhere. We find ourselves caught up in hardships – stretched in every sense of the word. The valleys close in, the bottom of our financial capabilities reached, drained by medical expenses, a job suddenly gone, transportation finally on it’s last mile, a loved one lost, or perhaps it is everything that has come at us at once, and fast.

This is when unity must prevail. This is the time to come alongside, to build community, to hand-in-hand give freely to those traveling through a valley of their story.”

We hope that you take the time to watch Kit’s video and check out the shirts that you can get to help this amazing family! You guys….THIS is what it’s all about. We couldn’t be happier to use our talents to help support a business like this!! Check out the shirts below.


Morgan is wearing: Gray Triangles (also in oatmeal) // Carrie is wearing: Gray Brush (also in oatmeal)




Thanks Her Life Magazine KC! 08.13.2015


HerLifeMagazine_KansasCity_2We just want to give a big shout out to Her Life Magazine!! We are so incredibly proud to be a part of the August 2015 issue which is the annual Made in KC feature! With each of us growing in Kansas City and making a conscience choice to live here and start a business in KC, we are truly “made in KC”! And we can’t go without mentioning that we’re so proud to be included in this issue along with Little Freshie and Sandlot Goods, owned by two inspiring biz ladies! Hope you all pick up a copy!HerLifeMagazine_KansasCity_3



  1. Courtney Shelton

    Love it you guys! You look beautiful!

    August 18, 2015 2:06 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Courtney! :)

      August 19, 2015 3:22 pm

ANNOUNCING: Ampersand for HMK! 07.10.2015

We have some HUGE news to share today that has been so hard to keep to ourselves! Finally, we get to announce our gift collection for HMK!!!! HMK is a new Hallmark Cards experience with stores in Kansas City, Missouri, Denver, Colorado and Southlake, Texas. It’s a card, gift and accessory shop with a really unique product mix that brings together innovative tools and technologies with a fun and reimagined approach to shopping! Plus, they are highlighting makers in a unique way and have formed some really cool partnerships. We are just thrilled that we get to be one of them!!!

We’ve got two gift collections, one with crazy fun color…


And another that is black, white and gold! So we’ve got your covered for whatever mood you’re in!


This collaboration is especially fun for us because Hallmark Cards is where both of us got our first jobs right out of design school! So, as you might imagine, taking the leap to start our own company was a BIG (scary) decision and having our little company now partnering with HMK makes us feel like we have come full circle! So, for all of our Kansas City friends, please make sure you stop by the HMK 1910 store on the Country Club Plaza for all these fun goodies!

If you pick up anything, make sure to show us what you got! Tag @ampersandstudio on instagram and twitter and use #AmpersandforHMK!

Oh and PS…there’s even more to come soon!!!


Thank you, KC Design Week! 04.07.2015

We just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by our Open Studio Night for Kansas City Design Week! We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends!  The pop-up shop was a hit and if you see anything you still want, we want to share a promo code with you. Use BESTIE10 for 10% off  through April 4th! And….we have lots of super-fun photo booth pictures to share with you! Head over to our Facebook page to check them out!

We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends! Thanks for  including us, Design Week! Hope you all keep in touch!

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#AmpersandforNod in the March 2015 catalog! 03.26.2015

All we have to say is WOW! Thank you, The Land of Nod for this beautiful full-page feature on our little company in the March 2015 catalog!! Working with Nod was one of our ultimate goals when we started Ampersand Design Studio so it’s safe to say, this was a very sweet surprise!!