The birth of Harbour...

Hello everyone! Firstly, thank you so much for being here, and welcome to Harbour!  We are beyond excited to finally have this idea-turned-brand up and running. I want to give you the history of how Harbour evolved.

A couple of years ago, on a work flight from LA to NYC, I started reading Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS. I've always been inspired by the story of TOMS, and after finishing this book, I began asking myself some serious questions. What am I truly passionate about? How can I use the skills that I have gained these past years in the fashion industry while also doing something that impacts the lives of others? I began to think hard about what I wanted my cause to be.

Something that has always weighed heavily on my heart was the fact that we are all born into this world under circumstances beyond our control. Whether it be our family, income, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, race, nationality, and/or religion, some of us simply have more favorable circumstances than others. Considering the life that I was born into -  a loving family that provided me with food, clothing, shelter, etc, I felt much was expected of me. I finally realized that I wanted to create a product that benefits the lives of foster care children; those that are struggling to find a loving family and a place to call home.

As the concept marinated, I presented it to many friends. After several brainstorming-wine sessions, the culmination was the idea for Harbour, which is defined as a place on the coast where vessel may find shelter, especially one protected from rough water (dictionary.com).  

Now that I had identified the cause I was passionate about, and established the name for the venture, I needed to have a product.  As a year passed, I cycled through a million ideas.  Finally, in February of 2015, after I gave birth to my son Finch, and became inundated with baby items, I made a discovery. It is challenging to find well-made, fashionable items for babies - especially boys.  I had my idea! I wanted to create a brand that focused on thoughtfully crafted, simplistic designs for girls and boys, made in modern woven fabrics that were no-hassle to put on (Finch fights us on a daily basis getting dressed!).  

There you have it, the story of the birth of Harbour.  I hope you love our products just as much as I loved creating them.  If you'd like to stay connected with us, please subscribe below for updates! 

Harbour for love, 

Lissa   

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