Life is too short to live in the muddy, miserable shades of brown and beige – that’s the message from Gold Coast radio presenter David ‘Christo’ Christopher.
The much-loved local media personality, who has been open about his struggle with depression, has just launched his own clothing label ‘Brown Park Clothing Co’ as part of an ambitious promise he made with a friend to “say yes to everything”.
Christo, who is one third of the 102.9 Hot Tomato breakfast team, told myGC that he hopes his new venture will remind others experiencing their own mental health struggles that “it gets better”.
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“This year I really wanted to get myself out of my comfort zone,” the father-of-three says.
“I’ve spent a lot of the last 12 months struggling with depression and have decided to try and say yes to almost everything and I wanted this to be part of the journey and hopefully start a tribe of people who want to do the same!”
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Christo says Brown Park Clothing Co is more than just an apparel brand.
“It embodies an ethos and a community that reminds us that, no matter the situation, no feeling or situation is permanent.”
When asked if starting a clothing line was a spur of the moment thing, Christo said it was a goal he had always wanted to achieve.
“I’ve always thought about starting something like this but never had the guts to do it!” he said.
“The seed was planted just prior to my trip with a mate to Chernobyl a few months back and we’ve been working hard on it ever since!”
Designed and printed on the Gold Coast, Christo says he hopes his local clothing brand will inspire others to step out of their comfort zone.
“Brown Park comes from the fact that life can be pretty brown or beige sometimes with kids, a mortgage, job, a house to maintain – so Brown Park is about getting out and to Live Your Life In Full Colour (which is our motto!).
If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, Christo is also the founder of Dads With Depression, a website and private Facebook group where anyone experiencing depression can join and access support and friendship.
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