READING YOUR COMPANY PHILOSOPHY AND PASSION WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR ME. TELL ME MORE ABOUT EXPANDING THE LAITE BRAND, AND HOW YOU SEE IT TRANSLATING INTO EVERY DAY LIFE, COMMUNITY, AND RELATIONSHIPS.
Humans are constantly longing for connection, and I firmly believe that art can positively affect this issue. When people purchase something from a local maker, they enter into a dialogue of love and community. The handmade process helps people to live consciously, to think mindfully; not only are they contributing to the artist’s wellbeing, they’re impacting their own wellbeing, and that of the community in which they live.
My hope is turn Laite Atelier into a brand and shop that embodies this to the highest degree, so I’d love to eventually incorporate different artistic mediums. I want to offer home goods that are both useful and beautiful--specifically knitted accessories, hand-carved wooden spoons, pottery bowls and leather journals full of short stories. I want to give people an opportunity to invest in a lifestyle that is more mindful. I want to offer them comfort and nostalgia, literature and ritual, all things that nurture connection.
I COULDN'T HELP BUT NOTICE THAT YOU ARE A COMPANY WITH A CAUSE! WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GIVE FIVE PERCENT BACK TO GIRLS WRITE NOW IN NYC?
For years, I struggled with my desire to follow a creative pathway because I thought it was selfish. I wanted to help others, but didn’t know how I could do that in my field. When I started my business I knew I had to find a way to combine beautiful design and meaningful intention. Writing has always been my first love, and is actually a huge source of inspiration for many of my designs. As both a woman and creative business owner, I feel called to give back to the community in a way that will help other women realize their true potential and challenge them creatively. Girls Write Now embodies my desire by helping high school girls in NYC develop leadership, imagination and intellect.