About Us

 

Our Story + Founder's Story

 

My name is Mackenzie — I’m an artist, designer, Christ-follower and nature-lover with a passion for making a positive impact on others. 


I started Take Heart Textiles after learning more information about the forced labor crisis happening in marginalized communities throughout the world. Feeling absolutely heartbroken by this massive crisis, I knew I had to do something to help. However, I felt completely powerless. This problem simply felt too big for me to contribute to any real, meaningful impact. I prayed for the many people directly impacted, such as the Uyghurs in China. I also prayed for guidance on what more, if anything, I could do to help. 


At first, I thought all I could do was to be more selective in the products I buy. Maybe I could research the supply chain of any given product and identify if it originated from fair, environmentally-conscious labor before buying it. 

As you can probably imagine, tracing supply chains is nearly impossible in many cases. 


One instance of shopping for bedsheets had me particularly shocked. I had hoped to find reasonably priced, natural and organic sheets that were also ethically made. This shouldn’t have been a lot to ask for, but evidently it was. My search yielded shockingly limited results—even after several hours of searching online. In fact, when I finally found one option that appeared to check all the boxes, it turned out that the company had simply repackaged another product from a different manufacturer that I already knew I couldn’t trust. 


Frustrated, I knew there was so much that could be done in the marketplace to eradicate this issue. I also knew that it shouldn’t be entirely up to the consumer to figure out which goods are tainted by forced labor. 


This bedsheet shopping experience led me to do more research on the textile industry (used in fashion, fabric, soft home furnishings, etc). I discovered the global textile industry to be one of the leading offenders of social and environmental injustices. It is also an industry that often lacks transparency in its supply chains. 


By this point, I knew that it was time to create a new business model for home goods, clothing and accessories that is genuinely good for the end-user, good for the planet, and good for the people who make them.


This brings us to Take Heart Textiles today. We’re working hard to do our part to deliver high quality, natural products that you can trust. We know that we alone can’t stop forced labor from happening elsewhere in the market, but we can raise awareness of this crisis, offer products that align with your values, and continue to pray for justice.


As a faith-centered business, we are reminded of John 16:33, which says, 


“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


In addition to our name, this also gives us peace that we hope we can pass along to you. 



Our Long-Term Vision


Our long-term vision is to grow Take Heart into more than just a brand, but an organization that truly changes lives. We want to be an organization that flips the business model reliant upon unfair labor and instead helps our growing team break the cycle of poverty and reclaim hope for the future. 


As a small team living and working in a marginalized community in our own city, making a local impact is very important to us. We especially hope to empower marginalized young women through fair, meaningful work and strong support networks. 


If you would like to support our mission, you can shop our newest products upon upcoming release or sign up below to follow along on our journey as we grow, evolve, and make a difference in the world.