March 2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day:
3 perspectives from the Garnet Hill Team

International Women’s Day
marks the 46th anniversary of the holiday honoring the contributions of women all over the world and celebrates those who #ChooseToChallenge gender bias and inequality.

At Garnet Hill, we are proud to have many strong, smart women on our team who have inspired, and been inspired by, other fierce women.  This year, we wanted to give you perspectives from three outstanding members of our team and share some areas they are passionate about that make a difference in the world every day.

Linnea, Garnet Hill Home Merchant
Passion:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

What inspires you to be passionate about this topic?

My passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives comes from my belief in having and demonstrating respect for all people. When you surround yourself with diverse perspectives and representation, it creates more opportunities for all. Progress comes from everyone having a seat at the table. I feel fortunate in working for a company that has always had women in leadership. I’ve been able to grow and thrive professionally here due to years of support from empowering female role models.

What’s the most impactful action Garnet Hill can take to make progress in this area? 

We’re launching our DEI initiatives through feedback from our Team, and I think it’s a great way to ensure we represent the needs of everyone in our organization. I believe that equity is a great path forward for us. We’re a small, growing company, but we have a big heart and a network of strong females. If we translate that into actions and empower others, I think we will see big impacts.

What female role model inspires you?

I’ve always been inspired by trailblazers. Women who had the bravery to stand up for themselves and others. Women brave enough to take that first step forward. The ones I’ve been thinking about most recently were the Suffragettes, as we have passed the 100-Year Anniversary in 2020 of women having the vote in America.

Karen, Director of Women’s Design
Passion:  Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing

What inspires you to be passionate about sustainability?

Nature, the sea, the desert, travel, new environments, great novels, great meals, a good cup of tea, farmer’s markets, ancient textiles, my husband, my kids, and interesting people. I am passionate about sustainability anywhere and everywhere, it’s what connects everyone and everything. As the global crisis has evolved, the term sustainability is only half of the equation and represents the over-arching goal. 

What motivates you to live a sustainable lifestyle?

I’m motivated by my passion, respect, and empathy for and toward all life on earth and understanding that intact, natural eco-systems are necessary to sustain it. 

What is the most impactful action GH can take to make progress in sustainability? 

Moving toward a circular model for operations, product development, and design will make a large impact. We need to support the development of natural fibers that are cultivated on farms and in forests that promote responsible land usage, resiliency, and increase biodiversity. Congruently, we need to increase our use of recyclable fibers and reduce our dependency on virgin-fiber resources. By sourcing the best quality fibers, we extend the lifecycle of the clothes we make, and utilizing fibers that can be recycled at the end of their lifecycle, we can help build recycling streams that support third-life products.

What female role model inspires you?

Mother nature, of course! She is my measure, model, and mentor.

Jae, Garnet Hill Managing Art Director
Passion:  Inspiration & Creative Process 

What inspires you to be passionate about the creative process?

I get a lot of my inspiration from nature and being outdoors, which is why I choose to live in the mountains. I admire the perfection of nature’s designs, especially in its patterns: the way the pulp packs into orange slices; the undulations in wind-blown snow; the mathematical spiral of nautilus shells. As a graphic designer, I am constantly looking for systems to work within; the creative process is less about creating and more about narrowing down the infinite possibilities.

What motivates you to be innovative in your approach?

I do my best thinking when I’m outside, challenging myself physically. I believe that this opens up my creativity. There is so much latent processing that happens when your mind has to focus in the moment — and I always feel clearer after, even if it’s just a quick walk. 

What tools encourage others to think outside of the box?

The best tool is to be receptive to new ideas, truly listen to what others have to say without preconceived judgements. It’s easy to listen to those with like minds, but absorbing new ideas and thoughts can take you in unexpected directions.

What female role model inspires you? 

I am truly inspired by the smaller triumphs of the women in and around my life, who support me day to day. It is their friendship and kindness that ultimately inspire me.

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