Dear Community,

I took the above image of this rainbow after it appeared during an intensely dramatic monsoon storm last week. It felt like a poetic moment of beauty in the midst of the pain and upheaval of the recent weeks and months. 

In the last few days I have taken the time to reevaluate the values and culture that I aspire to cultivate at Maman Atelier so that you know what you are supporting when you make a purchase.

Before launching this brand four months ago, I had written a business plan. At the end of it, I reflected a bit on where I would like to see Maman Atelier grow:

I hope we will have generated revenues that will allow for the company to take action on important issues such as environmentalism, homelessness, and women’s issues. I also hope to have a small family of employees who love where they work and are passionate about that mission. I look forward to providing good jobs for creative and motivated people in my community.

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I have always wanted to contribute in a positive way, and at the time I didn’t think I was there yet. I figured once I had “made it” I then would be in a position to make the impact and changes I desired seeing in the world. The past couple weeks my community has shown me that I always have something to give, ripples to make, and that it is imperative that I begin this work now and not wait for tomorrow. I have learned that there are a myriad of ways I can take action utilizing the resources and platform I have right now.

Maman Atelier has made donations in the form of face-masks and financial contributions to Albuquerque Heading Home, the Navajo Nation, and most recently Black Visions Collective as well as the Black Voices Abq. My intention is to continue to donate, participate, and show up knowing that every bit counts toward putting an end to the systemic racism and inequities that persist in this country. I am also using this time to research how I can support and be an advocate for the core values I initially set out to support when launching (environmentalism, homelessness, and supporting women and girls), all issues that this pandemic has only exacerbated and revealed are in need of more advocacy and support now than ever.

As many of you know, Maman Atelier is a one-woman operation. When the pandemic hit, it forced me to do something I never anticipated, which was to model almost everything myself! Necessity really is the mother of invention. As we move out of quarantine, I truly cannot wait to work with a diverse group of creatives, collaborators, models, and (hopefully one day soon) employees of all ages and backgrounds.

Thank you all for your continued support. Please be well.

With love,

Kai

3 comments

Kate Hildebrand

Kai, this is a beautiful and powerful vision for your business with all the elements necessary to have an impact on the community. I look forward to watching the vision transform into reality.

Jonah Levine

Thank you for supporting communities of color and marginalized individuals!

Amanda Joy

Love this Kai. It can be hard as a one woman operation to “give back” when you’re trying to make it as well. Proud of you and the goals you’ve set before yourself. Can’t wait to see you grow.

MAHALO PIHA,
AJB

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