Enjoy the journey
It all started with a
Ben Chavez, Co-Founder of Ben x Til, on what led to the creation of Ben x Til.
"I've always loved art, but I was discouraged to have "art" as a career. I found myself trapped in unfulfilling jobs — I felt lost and I wanted to find PURPOSE in my life. It was then I decided to move to Portland. Infused with my newfound inspiration, I quickly got back into painting and created the "Lost" Lemur piece.
I printed my Lemur artwork on a hoodie and sent it to my Chicago friend, Til (current business partner and Co-Founder of Ben x Til).
Til sported the Lemur hoodie everywhere in Chicago and to his amazement, people flooded him with compliments — asking where they could get a lemur hoodie like his. I knew at that point, we had something special. "Lost" brought purpose back into my life and gave me a direction to follow."
Ben x Til is a celebration of the value of artistic expression.
Both Ben and Til take inspiration from their journey in life, which we can all identify with. Sometimes, you just feel lost. It takes some of us a long time to find our true calling. The important part is to always enjoy the journey you're on. The paintings you see on all of the BenxTil clothes are a celebration of the journey of life, and the things we all experience throughout. It is a beautiful reminder than although sometimes we may feel lost, there is always a path waiting for us.
Lost and looking for purpose, the artist, Ben decided to move to Portland where his passion for art was renewed.
After spending years developing his style as a painter, he got the sudden inspiration to experiment with something new.
He began to combine painting with wood burning, which created a brand new, unique style that stood out from many others.
To showcase his pieces, he printed his art on hoodies and shared them with his friends, who encouraged him to begin selling them.
Til, a long-time college friend of Ben's was especially inspired by Ben’s work. A recent law-school graduate, Til wanted to help Ben turn his innovative art into a business, with the intent of promoting the simplicity and beauty of his style of art. In 2019, BenxTil was born.