Day 2 – Garment Collective
Happy Day 2 of The Archibald Project's 12 Days of Christmas! Yesterday we told you about an ethical home goods store, Mae Woven. Today we are bringing you an ethical fashion shop called Garment Collective.
Founder, Breena Holt, told us about their heartbreaking and beautiful journey of creating Garment Collective!
Where are you are from and why did you start your business?
My name is Breena, born and raised in Toledo, Ohio but currently call Westerville, Ohio home. I started this business after a life-long dream to design clothes. Loving fashion all of my life, I realized I really wanted to design someday. After marrying my preacher-husband and having 4 kids, it wouldn't be until our third child, Ezekiel, became really sick with uncontrollable seizures at age 2 that I would see this dream start to unfold. I blogged through our faith during the devastation and questions of my son’s quickly declining health. After a year and a half of seizures which took away the milestones my son once had, Zekey was diagnosed with Batten disease, a rare, neurological disorder without a cure. He met Jesus on March 23rd, 2014 after 4 years, 4 months and 4 days with us and we cling to the Hope knowing that he is alive in heaven without disease and we’ll see him again. His life softened my heart. His life connected me to the manufacturer in Nepal who makes my clothes. Zekey’s birthday is November 19th and his birthday verse is Ezekiel 11:19, “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” ...Redemption. God would redeem my son’s suffering through bringing my dream to design clothes made by women who are now able to dream and live out hope because of the work Garment Collective brings to them. We believe God is out to redeem all lives to Him: #RedemptionForAll
What is your mission and vision for your business and why you are passionate about it?
Our mission at Garment Collective is to play our part in seeing Redemption For All unfold in this world. The artisans who bring my designs to life are now living out new Hope, Freedom, and are able to live their own dreams out due to the work we provide for them. We are always looking for new partners to share our story and purchase our garments, whether boutiques, online collaborations or the conscious consumers who invest in people with their purchases. As we grow, so does our impact on the lives of people in the world. We love that it’s a collective effort, hence the name, Garment Collective.
What is your favorite part of your business?
I love to design. It’s a creative outlet and it is a way for me to use my dream to impact others’ lives. I’d love to grow and have my own boutique someday! BabySteps;)
What is the hardest part of your business?
There are a lot of details in running a business and details aren’t my thing! ha! I have watched myself grow and have had to use the Lord to help me where I feel helpless and He has been so gracious to me. But, always a work in progress for sure ;)
What advice do you have for people out there about shopping ethically?
My advice is do it. Following along a mission is great, but actually purchasing and sharing our products with other is even better. As social media keeps changing and it costs more to share our mission, we need others to play their part, too. Invest in the lives of people and share it with your people, your tribe, your churches... whomever you can so that we can see our mission played out and see redemption continue to unfold.
Why is it important to support small and/or ethical businesses?
Again, we can’t do it alone! It is when people come together for a common good that we can change the world and I believe it with everything in me! Small businesses do not have the means of the larger ones and need people to rally around to lift us up when we’re bustin’ it and are tired and worn. Share, purchase, repeat.
Please share anything else you would like about your shop!
We LOVE that our garments are being sold in little boutiques all over the U.S.! We are looking to expand so if you or someone you know has a boutique and wants to have ethically made garments + accessories, reach out to Christina@garmentcollective.com, we’d love to partner with you! If you’re a church group, mom group or you’re a gatherer and want to gather friends and share our mission, reach out, we’d love to help make that happen and are so grateful!
How can our audience shop in your store?
Thank you guys so much for sharing a bit of your heart behind your shop, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!
~The Archibald Project