You’d never guess the designer of the simple, stylish “Om”-symbol tee flying off shelves at Beehive Designer Collective in Mount Kisco—a veteran artist, you might think, or a high-end, all-the-rage yogi brand, perhaps. The truth? Rookie graphic designer Scott Silver will start his senior year at Horace Greeley High School this September.
The 17-year-old’s debut design is the result of a mentorship between Silver and Beehive owner Dawn-Marie Manwaring, whom he reached out to in early July seeking help producing and distributing his work. After a string of sports injuries, Silver had switched gears six months prior, teaching himself graphic design and beginning to reply to logo and shirt-design requests online for companies around the country.
Within two weeks of his coming under Manwaring and another Beehive artists’ guidance—learning the basics of retail, like choosing a manufacturer and figuring out pricing—the Om tees were stocked in store at $28 a pop. Explaining the meditative motif, Silver said in a recent statement, “I’ve always been interested in Hindu and Buddhist culture. The shirt design gives a modern feel to this classic symbol.”
Said Manwaring, “This is a great testing ground for Scott to understand what the customer wants. We support his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit and welcome other young artists to the Beehive who may want to do the same.” Silver, meanwhile, plans to build upom the learning experience after graduation, hoping to study either graphic design or engineering at the college level.
Visit Beehive to score your own tee—Manwaring’s been fielding requests for new colors and even shipped one to Hawaii—and check out the rest of the locally made goods on site.