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A New Year, A New Color

Alright y'all, I hope you won't mind if I share some thoughts and talk about the overlap of The Simple Kind & my personal life for a minute.

The past few years have been phenomenal, and I've learned SO MUCH. I'm so glad that was something we made a priority in the beginning-- to be learners before we are doers or talkers. While there is obviously an ocean of things I've yet to learn about life and this concept of ethical fashion, I feel like I have been so intellectually & emotionally nourished by our travels and relationships we've made along the way and the stacks of books I've invested in learning about this whole thing. The more I learn, the harder it is to talk about anything, because I realize much more I have left to learn. I see ethical fashion growing in trendiness, and I worry it's going to lose its subversive power, and that pulls at a foolish urgency in me and makes me want to talk louder. I want to teach & to inspire folks to care about the world, about the economy, about how our shopping habits have the ability to both feed demons or set people free... but lately, jabbering on about these things has just felt empty and ineffective. 

That said, I've been ruminating on what it means to truly live a life that is ethical and fair. I think it extends far beyond our habits as consumers; it has to do with the way we treat the checkout clerk at the grocery store, how we disagree with people, what we spend our time investing in. At the end of this year, I am inspired to stop talking and experience the freedom of living a life that I am proud of and want to see multiplied. 

On that note, The Simple Kind will be dressed in a new color this year. We're taking a bit of a break from production, because we want to expand our Latvian partnership to be long-term and sustainable and that requires all hands (and hours) on deck. I'm going to spend a few months with them this summer to pursue this expansion, and I'll be volunteering with @freedom61_ywamlatvia's Work while I am there. And until then, I hope to share things I hear or see that remind me of the heart of the ethical fashion movement. I want you to feel encouraged and included! I'm also going to give some reviews & shoutouts to companies I really love and want to share with you guys. 

I'm moving back to Texas in two days, and from the on The Simple Kind will be set up in the Austin area. I've got people to meet and places to explore! I'm also getting married next Fall, and I'd love to share some behind-the-scenes glimpses of how we (hopefully) pull together a socially/environmentally-conscious party to celebrate. 

Essentially, this is going to be a pretty personal year for The Simple Kind. We're so thankful for your support, that you've followed our story and have shared yours with us. We are all part of a Beloved Community, each member using their voice & flavor to spread freedom and dignity in their own arena of life. May you be strengthened to live & love with integrity, with a watchful eye for your neighbor and a grateful heart to appreciate each breath!

 

Molly Hardwick