Founded by Graphic Designer, Darin Gilliam (Darin Michelle), 19FIFTYTHREE started as an extended design portfolio and outpouring of ideas. In it's first few years, 19FIFTYTHREE functioned as a studio that offered design services and housed it's own creative clothing brand.
While designing for and working with creatives, Darin noticed a growing need for support and assistance in helping brands and creatives grow their vision.
While searching for a focus, 19FIFTYTHREE created clothing, planned events, and offered design services. When approached about co-running ArtFarm Annapolis, a local art space in downtown Annapolis, Darin decided that it was time to combine her efforts as a way to support artists and creatives. By offering services, events, and space, the vision to support creatives has become a full-time reality.
As of Fall 2017, 19FIFTYTHREE has partnered with ArtFarm Annapolis - an art space located in the heart of the Annapolis Design District. Together, 19FIFTYTHREE and ArtFarm aim to provide a creative hub in Annapolis encourages an outpouring of inspiration and ideas with one mission: to connect the community with the energy of the arts.
Through ArtFarm, Darin has created a Creative Business Residency that provides brands and artists with monthly consulting, resources, and retail space. This program gives its' residents the time they need to create, while introducing their brand and art to our audience.