To the Handyma’am community,
Recently, we have taken a step back from the daily grind. As we slowly plug back in it feels right to check in and reintroduce myself and the company. The Handyma’am team is essentially made up of two people: me (Bella) and my right hand ma’am, Farrah. Only one of those people is full time, and she’s recently a first-time mother to a beautiful boy (Maxwell). So, things have been moving a little slower around here to say the least. Although I have not been physically present, I have taken this time to listen, learn, and allow space for intentional (and brutally honest) self reflection.
Handyma’am was born to bring light to a community I felt was being overlooked. Our goal is to make durable workwear that actually fits the female form and is built to last. Handyma’am is about strength & beauty, and creating products that hopefully make you feel both of those things.
All of our garments are made in the US in partnership with two women-owned factories who provide positive working conditions, and pay their workers a living wage. We believe the same respect should be given to the laborers who make the garments as the ones who wear them.
Handyma’am is and always has been for ALL women. Although Handyma’am has never been a racist organization, we can definitely do more to be an actively anti-racist one. Going forward, we will strive to not only show Black and brown faces, but place more effort into amplifying their voices through collaborations and features.
When you strip it all down, if you don’t see yourself represented in a space, it is easy to feel you don’t belong. I started Handyma’am to combat that feeling, and I recognize the many ways we can do better to create a welcoming community for everyone.
First and foremost, we have always been here to support, empower, and instill confidence in women who work with their hands and will continue to do so while trying to be part of overdue change in our society. If you know anyone who is producing great work and/or contributing to positive change in their communities please send them our way.
Thanks for listening, and we hope you stick around for the ride.