When Jacqueline Savage McFee, a designer of popular school and office products, got the devastating news that her cousin's young daughter, Kendall Sierens, was diagnosed with leukemia, it brought things into perspective for her. It also created a spark.
McFee went to business partner Clay Presley, president and CEO of Carolina Pad & Paper (CPP), with the idea of dedicating one of the company's 2008 fashion collections in honor of the little girl, now 4, who is successfully battling this deadly disease. The result: the Kendall Kollection, a hip line of school and office products.
"Kendall is such a courageous little girl," McFee said. "My hope is that every time somebody buys a piece from this line they will be inspired and take satisfaction knowing they are doing something to help her and all the other brave families dealing with blood cancers, who are literally in the fight of their lives."
The Kendall Kollection is available at such major retailers as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, OfficeMax, and Wegmans – with new big-box outlets being added every month. The collection is designed to appeal to tweens, teens and young men and women. It features whimsical flowers, bold stripes, polka dots, houndstooth and scrolls in a bright color palette of turquoise, hot pink, yellow, orange, lime and chocolate.