Parkland teen’s clothing company raising funds for diabetes research

Fourteen years old may seem too young to start a company for most people but not for Parkland entrepreneur Lauren Buchwald, the founder and CEO of Splattered Essentials.

She started selling her tie-dyed casual clothing back in March, donating a portion of the sales to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation in Hollywood.

In support of research for a cure, Buchwald, who has had Type 1 diabetes since she was 2, said she is proud to give back to the foundation and came up with the idea for the company during the start of the pandemic.

“The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation has always been a part of me and my family,” Buchwald said. “I’ve always wanted to start a business. I love clothing. I love to design. Going into quarantine, there were a lot of big trends on social media about small businesses and stuff with tie-dying clothes.

“I decided to start something,” she said. “I ordered a few things online and I honestly tie-dyed outside, having fun. I took art classes online with different people from the city. I started to post stuff on my social media and people were like this is really cool. I then was like let me turn this into a business.”

Getting about five or six orders a day, Buchwald, who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has managed to process over 500 shipments since she began the company.

With her merchandise also in five stores around the country, Splattered Essentials shirts can be purchased at Mona’s Clothing Boutique, 4614 N. University Drive, in Coral Springs, and Pink and Blues Boutique for Tweens and Juniors, 829 N. Hob Hill Road, in Plantation.

Buchwald’s clothing can also be found in Chicago, New York and Miami.

“This is not only a business for me,” Buchwald said. “This also a big part with the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. This is not just for money but it’s also to give back, especially for what is such an amazing part of me.”

Visit splatteredessentials.com.

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