I am honored to introduce you all to Teresa Remple, the creator and owner of Texture Clothing, a women run and women built line we carry at Townsend Bertram & Company. Remple's mission to produce sustainably sourced, USA made, eco friendly hemp and organic cotton clothing for women is an authentic example of doing power and business differently. The company tagline, "clothing with a conscience," reflects what we look for in all the apparel we buy for TB&C. I wanted to share Remple's story with you and how a focus on love, constructive consumption and positive body image inspired Texture Clothing.
Tell us about you... Who are you?
I believe that my purpose in life is to Love. I was born in Vancouver Canada and officially live in Bellingham WA, where Texture Clothing is located. I still spend a lot of time in Vancouver as many of my friends and family live there and I have learned (after living in B’ham for 17 years) that I am more a city person!
When I start Texture Clothing I worked every day. Yep, that’s right. I worked 60-90 hours per week for a long time. After about 7 or 8 years of this I recognized that it wasn’t sustainable and I forced myself to take a Sabbath each week: a day in which I would do nothing business/clothing related. Many days I sat in my yard and cried…because I didn’t know who I was without working. Over the past 8 years I have developed hobbies and become a more interesting person.
Now I like to: Hula hoop, dance to Cuban Salsa & House music, learn German, walk in the woods or the city, preserve food, travel, knit, and more. I will say it again…I believe that my purpose in life is to Love. I am absolutely NOT perfect at this. I get upset with other people and with myself…but this is the foundation that I always come back to.
What inspired you to start your Texture Clothing?
I was working every weekend at Seattle festivals doing Hair Wraps (remember those…from the 90s?) I had been making clothing since I was 12 years old and decided to go back to school to learn pattern design. I thought that I would work in the theatre, but when I graduated (in 2001) I bought my first roll of hemp/cotton fabric and started making hippie apron tops and selling them at festivals. From there, my business took off!
What is your mission?
To treat other people and myself with loving kindness.
What about your job satisfies you and what are some of the obstacles you have overcome to pursue this dream?
First of all, I have a really great team who I get to work with. I spend quite a bit of time organizing/managing so that we have don’t feel like we are rushing or behind on projects. Taking the time to do this has reduced anxiety and created a better, more stable work environment. I would say that we are pretty dialed in around Texture Clothing. The only obstacle that I really see right now is that none of us actually need anything. Most have everything that we need.
What are you excited about right now?
At the moment I’m on a Sabbatical in Berlin, German. I’m working remotely and learning a LOT! It’s been a wonderful and challenging experience to be a beginner at so many things. I have 3 weeks left and then I get to fly back and work alongside Team Texture, selling at holiday shows in the Pacific Northwest! I really love to see our customers try our clothes on and feel good! It brings me joy.
What piece of advice do you have for people pursuing an adventure lifestyle?
Live under your means.
I’m going to continue with this adventure and review my life come the new year. Business related: I have been enjoying designing simple fabric patterns. I have also brought back some hand dyeing into the collection, and I think that I will continue with that. It’s November 2017, so I have to start designing the Fall 2018 collection! (This world is so future focused!)
Bonus question: What is the most daring thing you have done in the last 6 months?
Well, if moving (by myself, and not knowing anyone) to Berlin for 9 weeks isn’t daring…I don’t know what is! So I think that I will stick with that.
You can read about Teresa's amazing adventures on the Texture blog.