Success coach and leadership trainer, Katherine Caprino, describe that there are three types of people in this world,
“Look around you and you’ll see three kinds of people — those who hate their work, and complain bitterly, those who just tolerate their work and see it as a paycheck and aren’t looking for more (or feel they can’t have more), and finally, those who love their work, and relish it. The third category is a small subset of all professionals globally, but this group stands out because these are, most often, the people who change the world for the better.”
For the month of October, Difference Makers of Hawaii recognize local designer and business owner, Shawn Reed, who we feel, falls in the third category.
As DMH began to get to know Shawn and what he’s all about, he shares that growing up, his family has always been a close niche who has always been supportive. He explains that he comes from two backgrounds which instilled a variety morals and standards that, he believes, has made him the person he is today. He describes that his sister is like a best friend and his parents have very giving personalities, all which contribute to the values of his clothing brand.
Ewa Beach native and full-time web and graphic designer, started HiDose Clothing with a touch of life, art, and culture from different takes on life.
Shawn talks about designing with purpose and intention,
“What goes into my art is experience and feelings. The idea is that the mind should not be limited, but expanded because there is always so much more to learn. Positivity is contagious and that’s what I’m trying to share through my vision.”
Through his clothing brand, Shawn’s ultimate vision is to inspire people to be more than what they think is possible. As he describes it, slowly but surely, he has been building up the foundation of his business in efforts to connect with people to partner with, to give back to the community.
HiDose is on a mission to inspire and grow as a company through innovative fashion-forward thinking with art and people at heart.
“I feel my art gets people to express themselves. It provides the space for ideas to be brought to the surface.”
Shawn naturally gives back to the community by sharing knowledge and awareness with the next generation. He has participated in various non-profit events, all of which are aimed at helping people, especially our youth.
For the first partnership, Shawn volunteered his time at Surfing the Nations (STN) in Wahiawa. At this event, he was in the midst of like-minded individuals who came together to provide for and play with neighborhood kids.
The second event HiDose attended was aimed at fundraising for the children of Shriner’s Hospital. A portion of the proceeds were given to provide toys during the Christmas Holiday.
Shawn has also volunteered as a guest speaker for Farrington High School’s Entrepreneur Program made possible by Junior Achievement and American Savings Bank. He was given the opportunity to take part in their “shark tank pitch,” where he was able to assist them with the design and logistics of their project.
When we asked Shawn about where he feels his desire to give back stems from, he described experiencing an overwhelming sadness as he watches the world get tied up in things that tear us down, rather than build us up.
“I want to be the voice for those who aren’t heard.”
When DMH asked what challenges he experiences in running HiDose, he talks about the struggle to find the time to expose his art, ideas, and business to the world. Although he understands the amount of time and commitment it takes to create a movement, he is optimistic and continues to be inspired by the things and people around him.
“My girlfriend always inspires me because she believes my thoughts, praises my abilities, and supports my passion.”
Shawn described to us that the number one thing that brings him joy after a long day is knowing that he has been gifted with artistic expression.
“Having the freedom to do me, instead of being strapped down by the limitations of working for someone else is one of the best feelings!”
With hopes to one day start his own non-profit, Shawn is always looking for ways to utilize HiDose Clothing as a means to giving back.
“My non-profit will have programs that stimulate interests for all types of art, and to build a sanctuary where children can come and learn how to better express themselves through it."
Shawn does not just want to stop here in Hawaii, he wants to take it global!
Here at Difference Makers of Hawaii, we believe you can do it, Shawn! We thank you for your dedication, persistence, and love for art and for our children!
Follow Shawn and all of his efforts on IG: @hidoses
Shawn’s Favorite Quotes
“Be the drop that starts the ripple.” – S. Reed
“Life starts when you begin to grow, perseverance determines how high you will go.” – S. Reed