Meet Our Vendor: Metamorphic Gear
Summer is near and that means picnics, beach days and more. A perfect way to celebrate this wonderful season is to treat yourself with a cool bag made right here in Seattle by Metamorphic Gear!
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Lindsay Lawrence, a Seattle born and raised world traveler, sailor and lover of the outdoors. Inspired by the outdoor equipment I used while hiking, I wanted to design a range of stylish but reliable eco-friendly products for the outdoor enthusiast to use in their urban lifestyle. Having been involved with sailing both professionally and recreationally, I witnessed the durability of sail material before it was sent to landfill so I decided to give it a new lease of life as the major ingredient in Metamorphic Gear’s products.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Did you know ALL of our products are Made in the USA and in most cases, right here in Seattle? Did you also know that starting in April 2017, all of our Dopp Kits will be sewn in partnership with Seattle Sewn, a local non-profit providing job training and and employment to immigrants and refugees. At Metamorphic, we have always believed in doing good for our community. It starts with diverting tons of raw materials away from the landfill like we do with the tarp, sailcloth and climbing ropes we use for our bags and accessories. We have always sewn and assembled our products in Seattle but we knew we could do even better. By partnering with Seattle Sewn, we are keeping jobs in our community while supporting some of our most vulnerable community members.
Seattle Sewn provides apparel production training and job placement services, along with a freelance studio for skilled sewers and ongoing research on the needs of the sewn-goods sector. As a sub-program of Seattle Made, Seattle Sewn addresses Seattle’s acute need for skilled sewers and flexible well-paid employment for low-income residents (primarily immigrants and refugees). Together we are all working to lay the foundation for a thriving and sustainable place-based sewn goods industry.
“Since November of 2015, the project has trained 50 low-income immigrants and refugees as commercial sewers. Trainees have come from 10+ different countries, and 60% of students have been refugees.”
Next time you are thinking of making a purchase for yourself or a loved one, consider one of our versatile Dopp Kits and know that you are supporting the health of your neighborhood and the people within it.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
We are all familiar with the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. Upcycling is a new word in the eco-fashion world. It means taking something and repurposing it into a new, useful product. We take materials destined for the landfill and diver them to our studio where we repurpose them into dopp kits, totes, backpacks and wallets. Metamorphic is a company built on equal parts adventure and conscience. Every one of our bags are made of more than 75% upcycled materials, designed in Seattle, and handcrafted in the USA. We use sails, climbing rope and trucking tarp, washed and crafted into durable gear to get you to your next adventure. We believe whole-heartedly that your gear should be as unique as you and your adventure. Upcycling to us means an entirely different thing. The tarpaulin, the ropes, the craft – every piece has had a life rich with experience.
What is your favorite new product for 2017?
our Backpack! Based on 2 years of customer feedback and research, our backpack is made of the same durable materials as our other products. Waterproof tarp exterior keeps your stuff clean and dry, a sail cloth pocket that is accessible from the outside and adjustable straps make this lean, stylish backpack the perfect bag for urban adventures.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Our customers fall in love with our products as soon as they can handle them and see the high quality details and craftsmanship. This isn’t something easily translated in an online image. The energy and excitement while connecting with our shoppers is what keeps us coming back to craft fairs.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
our boat totes, for sure. They are made with lightweight sail cloth sides, a waterproof tarp bottom, and ever-so slightly stretchy climbing rope handles. Plus, they have pockets AND they stand up open on their own. They are the perfect yoga bag, farmers market tote and of course, boat bag for your next adventure on the water!