Jennifer Ho is the founder of Lawrence & Argyle, an Uptown-based clothing line which aims to honor the story of immigrants in Chicago and across America. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, she hopes to honor her parent's story by creating products with a message. Her "Descended from Immigrants." shirts and sweatshirts resonate with so many Americans whose families once struggled to make a better life in this country. Every month, Jennifer selects a new organization that supports recent immigrants and refugees in Chicago and donates 50% of the proceeds from her clothing and merchandise sales. You can learn more about Jennifer's mission on Lawrence & Argyle's website.
What is your mission?
Lawrence & Argyle celebrates American heritage. Half of our profit is donated to organizations that support immigrants and refugees in the United States.
What services do you provide?
We sell shirts, hoodies and pins emblazoned with proud slogans that state who most of us came from: immigrants!
How does your business get involved with your community?
We give half our profit to organizations that serve immigrants and refugees. In our first year, most of those organizations have been Chicago-based. Chicago has a strong immigrant community, and we love being a part of it.
What makes your business stand apart from others? What are some unique offerings that you have?
We're a small, woman-of-color owned business. I love this beginning stage because we're small enough that I can personally manage every interaction with my customers, whether in person or online. I love answering their questions, hearing their stories and getting their feedback.
What motivates you to get up and go every morning?
I love that Lawrence & Argyle is uniquely positioned to vocally celebrate how our communities became so diverse, while directly supporting those who are still trying to make a life in our country. We talk the talk and walk the walk. The message is close to my heart, and that's what keeps me going.