My name is Michael Girgis and I own M.Girgis Designs. My brand produces locally made apparel with a purpose. I started my business ironing patches onto hats; however, my brand has evolved into so much more! There are a lot of new and exciting things coming with my clothing line Upside. This is only the beginning.
I may have Down Syndrome, but the thought I can’t has never crossed my mind. I am not my disability. I am a brother, son, friend, cook, WWE enthusiast, deacon for my church, and business owner. If you know me, you know that I’m smart, funny, a dreamer, and a doer, and I have so much to offer the world.
Having a disability has given me patience in the things I cannot change, courage to make my dreams a reality, and love that defines how I interact with others. I chose to see the upside of life, even in the midst of adversary.
THE STORY BEHIND UPSIDE
upside. /ˈəpˌsīd/ finding the beauty in down syndrome.
I choose to see the upside in my disability, even though some may think of it as a negative thing. Having Down Syndrome could be seen as a loss, but I didn't lose anything… in fact, I’ve gained so much from it. The spirit of upside can be applied to anything in life, because everyone has unique struggles. My hope is that by wearing upside apparel you will be reminded to see the beauty in life and the upside in every situation.
To others, community can mean “a gathering of people who like the same things or have the same interests”, but I see community differently. Community is a gathering of everyone regardless of differences. I want to put the "unity" back in community. True community is unifying, not divisive.
Joy is more than just happiness: Joy is infectious. Joy will always warm a sad heart and leave a smile. Joy hopes for the best in any circumstance. Finding your joy makes life worth it; I know because I have found my joy.
Family is those who love you enough to choose you. Family is a group of people that support you, stick with you, believe in you, and love you. Family to me is not written by DNA but made up of people you choose to surround yourself with.
Through this company, I want to be a voice for those who feel like they didn't have one. Everyone has a voice, but not many choose to listen. Through upside I am changing that, I am committed to being a voice for the people in the Down Syndrome community who feel unheard. I challenge those who speak to listen, and those who listen to speak up.
Everyone is capable of feeling love, but not everyone remembers to show it. In all you do be kind, be passionate, be honest, give others the benefit of the doubt. Everyone you encounter is deserving of love. Love big and love often because people need to feel it.