December 2017, Miami, Florida — As a direct response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, we decided to create a limited apparel collection to raise funds for the Maria: Puerto Rico Real-Time Recovery Fund managed by ConPRmetidos and Foundation for Puerto Rico.
Our leads as Puerto Ricans, born and raised in the island (Karielys from Vega Baja – Angel from Fajardo,) we found it an opportunity to help. We created the collection and sold the goods through our shop, Arkadia1981. 100% of the proceeds were donated to ConPRmetidos. Thank you to everyone that participated. Grateful for all of you.
Notes — Thank You
Thank you to everyone that purchased a tee, pin, or both! Because of you we were able to help Puerto Rico in some small way. Many special thanks to our partners and sponsors, whom without we couldn’t have done this: Hustle Sauce, Grizzly Print Parlour, and DieCut Stickers.
About the Name — Del Mar Y El Sol
The name of this collection was inspired by the words in Puerto Rico's national anthem, "La Borinqueña" by Manuel Fernández Juncos, 1903. Read the lyrics below or give it a listen here.
La tierra de Borinquen
Un cielo siempre nítido
Cuando a sus playas llegó Colón;
Es Borinquen la hija,
The land of Borinquen
A constantly clear sky
When at her beaches Columbus arrived;
Borinquen is the daughter,