Tune in on Sunday, September 21 at 11:00 am MST on Fashion Forward Radio when I interview Kristin Glenn, owner of Seamly.co – sustainable apparel made in the USA!

To listen:  Today’s Woman Network

Kristin Glenn

It all started with the idea for a garment that could be worn many ways: as a dress, a skirt, a blouse, a wrap. In fact, the Versalette can be worn 30 different ways. Friends Kristin Glenn and Shannon Whitehead were inspired to make this super-versatile garment after they had spent time traveling. They turned to Kickstarter to produce the design, and raised over $60,000.

Glenn studied business in college, and the Versalette was her introduction to garment manufacturing. “Neither of us had any experience in the fashion industry,” said Glenn. “We were just learning from scratch about how our clothes are actually made. What we learned was pretty horrifying and we decided that we really wanted to do it better.”

The coolest part of Glenn’s design process is that she uses crowd-sourcing to make decisions about what goes into production. Her site features a “Vote” page, where anyone can contribute to what Seamly makes in the future. “In fashion, it’s a smart idea to have people tell you what they want before you actually make it,” she said. “It saves money and it also cuts down on waste, which is a super important part of things for me.”

Glenn has gone on to become the founder and designer of Seamly.co, which launched in June of 2013. All the garments are made in Colorado from deadstock fabric sourced from U.S. textile makers. These are fabrics that have been discarded by other manufacturers, perhaps because they were excess or were dyed the wrong color. Seamly uses these fabrics to make small batches of garments.

In addition to the original Versalette design, Seamly offers other multiple-use garments. For example, the Jenny dress can have a long maxi skirt or can be adjusted so that the hem falls to the knee. “I usually think about versatility first,” said Glenn. “Even though I’m using sustainable fabrics, in order to be really sustainable we have to think about having fewer pieces and more options.”

She describes her personal style as fitting in with a casual Colorado mentality, and that comfort is an important factor for both the clothing she wears and designs.

When the site launched this summer, Glenn was sewing everything herself. She said that gave her an appreciation for what she asks of her sewers now. When it became clear that she would need more help, she began working with a husband and wife team that has been doing her production ever since. “Everything is produced within a 45-mile radius of my house,” said Glenn. “So, everything is kept really local and shipping costs are really low.”

Using deadstock fabrics also helps Seamly keep the cost low, as does selling her garments exclusively online. “I don’t do any wholesale,” she said. “If I was trying to sell out of boutiques, I would probably have to double my prices.”

The coolest part of Glenn’s design process is that she uses crowd-sourcing to make decisions about what goes into production. Her site features a “Vote” page, where anyone can contribute to what Seamly makes in the future. “In fashion, it’s a smart idea to have people tell you what they want before you actually make it,” she said. “It saves money and it also cuts down on waste, which is a super important part of things for me.”

To sum it up:  Kristin Glenn is the founder of Seamly.co, a USA-made clothing company using domestically-knitted fabrics. Seamly.co inspires women to make educated choices about their clothing through storytelling, community, and an interactive design process. Customers can join in on design and manufacturing by offering design ideas, voting on styles and colors, and then watch the manufacturing process from fabric to finish, via social media.

Glenn is based in Colorado, where she works with two small factories who produce 100% of Seamly.co items. She loves locally-made, community-driven fashion.

http://www.seamly.co

KRISTIN GLENN PHOTOGRAPHY

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I have always been a creative spirit, but was never very good at art. And then I discovered photography.

It’s one of the few ways we share moments. One of the best keys to memory. And it’s a type of art that everyone can appreciate. Photography is how we relive the past, and share the present with friends and family thousands of miles away. I love being a part of the moments — that snap of a shutter — that stick with us for life.

I’m not fancy. My style is candid and photojournalistic, and natural light is (usually) all I use. I like keeping things simple, and at the same time capturing the smallest details that embody who we are.
I like fresh-outta-the-garden vegetables, my 50mm (it’s an obsession, really), and iced mochas. So that’s me in a very small nutshell!

http://www.kristinglennphotography.com

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On Thursday, September 18 at 11:00 am MST on Pay it Forward Radio when I interview Madison “Peach” Steiner – Founder of Peaches Neet Feet.  Madison is an angel in disguise.  Tune in to listen to this amazing story of such a young woman making a huge difference in the world for children.

To listen: Pay It Forward Radio

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Madison “Peach” Steiner is the founder/president of Peach’s Neet Feet. Madison’s mission is to create a movement of pay it forward initiatives and selfless acts of giving. She uses art to create custom, hand-painted shoes to celebrate children who are fighting cancer and living with disabilities.

Through her endeavors, she has learned that these are more than just a pair of shoes but that the shoes help create awareness for these children, each brush stroke filled with inspiration and hope. The shoes allow a child to be recognized for who they are beyond their diagnosis or disability and are a gateway, connecting people from all over the world. Madison was doing more than just painting shoes she was creating a diverse community built on kindness.

Madison dropped out of High School at the age of 16, attending college classes not long after, graduating with a degree in Human Services/Social Work studies. Inspired by her passion for art and her determination to change the world with kindness, Peach’s Neet Feet started in Madison’s bedroom with a set of paints and a pair of shoes.

Starting out as the only artist, Peach’s Neet Feet now has numerous artists, including Madison’s brother Corey, who donate their time to help paint the shoes. More than 50 pairs of shoes are donated to children each month, working with several children’s hospitals across the United States. Peach’s Neet Feet is supported by larger companies, such as Vans and DecoArt, receiving shoe and paint donations when needed. The organization has created art based outreach parties to assist in bringing the children and families in one community together and is a platform for supporters to be involved and pay it forward.

Peach’s Neet Feet was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s Extreme Kindness Challenge in 2012. This awarded Peach’s Neet Feet the opportunity to work with Story Teller’s for Good to create a story video, showing how a small pair of shoes can make such a large impact. This video was featured on Karma Tube website along with an article in the Huffington Post Impact. Madison received the Good Samaritan Real Heroes Award for 2012 for Northwest New Mexico in the month of May. She was a guest speaker at the Chopra Foundation Sages and Scientists Symposium 2013. Peach’s Neet Feet was the recipient of the Sheckler Foundaton “Be The Change” award in May 2014. Over the last three years, Madison and Peach’s Neet Feet has been featured in several newspapers, Internet blogs, and websites, including the website WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW, an editorial site and community all about dynamic women.

Madison is a young philanthropist who really just wants to live a purposeful life, to inspire kindness with fierce passion and to lead by example through art. Peach’s Neet Feet is internationally known, putting compassion into action and bringing smiles to the faces of children all over.

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