Symbology started when its founder, Marissa Heyl, took a trip to India during college to study women's empowerment through fair trade. It was on that trip where she saw women creating amazing block-print designs and she started to picture these designs on a beautiful dress. From that inspiring moment, Symbology came to life.
Redefining the Fashion Industry
Symbology strives to redefine the fashion industry by creating fashionable clothing that also tells a story, preserves tradition and empowers women. It's where wearing a cute dress is so much more, and where every purchase truly makes a difference.
Ethical Luxury Fashion Label
This ethical luxury fashion label combines artisan textiles to create handmade apparel that is fashion forward, builds lasting and authentic connections with artisan producers, and empowers women through fashion.
Marissa Heyl, Symbology Founder
Marisa has had an incredible journey since Symbology began and she has big dreams for the future as well. She shares her journey with Love Justly, the importance of understanding how clothing is made, and her hopes for the future of Symbology.
Take us back to the "aha" moment for when Symbology first came to life. What is the spark that made you decide to start Symbology?
As mentioned, I was studying the artisan economy in India as an undergraduate anthropology student at the University of North Carolina when I saw a woman block printing a table cloth. I thought to myself, “This needs to be a dress!” From there I went on to work at other fair trade organizations and regularly found the design and fashion to be lacking. Without high-quality design that all people could love, fair trade fashion would always be niche and never have the sort of impact it could. That’s when I decided I needed to create Symbology.
What do you want people to know about Symbology?
I want people to know that no matter what they are wearing someone made those clothes. The human component to clothing and fashion is inescapable. However, there are choices as to how your clothing is made. We encourage all people to strive for a greater connection with what they wear, and where that clothing comes from. At Symbology our clothes are artisan crafted so that each piece tells a story.
What are your plans for Symbology's future?
We hope to expand our impact in several ways.
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Affordable ethical fashion is hard to navigate. On the one hand, ethical fashion is going to cost more because each person behind the product is paid a fair wage. As a result, the item costs more to make, so the cost to consumers is going to be higher. This is the way fashion should be...but we're used to cheap fashion. This is where Love Justly comes in.