WHO ARE THEY?
Bradford and Bryan Manning are social entrepreneurs on a mission to cure blindness! They left their former careers to propel a small charitable clothing company, Two Blind Brothers, into one of the fastest growing charitable brands in the country with endorsements from Ellen DeGeneres, Ashton Kutcher, Richard Branson, NBC Nightly News, and many others.
LEADING THE WAY
Their leadership on topics such as "purpose-driven" work, "family business culture", overcoming disability, and launching a social enterprise has also attracted the attention of major corporate and conference partners. Their past influencer and speaking opportunities include events with AT&T, TED, Sotheby's, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Life Is Beautiful Festival.
Click to watch Bradford & Bryan @ The Life is Beautiful Festival, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and A Vision for the Future Dinner for the Foundation Fighting Blindness
HOW IT BEGAN
At the age of 5, both brothers were diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a form of macular degeneration that destroys central vision over time. Their luxury clothing project is focused on quality, comfort, and "sense of touch". The clothing is produced by the blind and visually-impaired in Dallas, Texas. Two Blind Brothers donates 100% of its profits to researchers and the Foundation Fighting Blindness to find cures for blindness. The funds from Two Blind Brothers are driving life-changing treatments that are already being used in patients such as “Voretigene Neparvovec”, a gene therapy developed by Spark Therapeutics.
BUILDING THE COMMUNITY
The brothers are evangelists for charitable and social enterprises. They empower others through advice and consultation on branding, story-telling, corporate responsibility, and sustainable fashion. They use social media to host weekly shows to promote these ideas and to connect the visually-impaired community. The brothers received Facebook’s designation as “Public Figures” and their weekly shows and videos on Facebook have received over 13 million impressions.Bradford and Bryan are originally from Charlottesville, Virginia and currently both live together in New York City.
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