A couple of weeks ago, we had the luck of running into Fran and Naomi, the owners of TomboyX, at the West Seattle Street Fair. If you're not familiar, [TomboyX] is a brand that offers a line of underwear for people who aren't satisfied with conventional options. They offer underwear "that anyone could feel comfortable in, regardless of where they fell on the size or gender spectrum."
As luck would have it, Fran and Naomi live in West Seattle too, and we were so excited when they agreed to come over for a home-cooked dinner this past Friday, and to sit down and talk shop. Our two tomboy friends have spent the last three years learning the ropes of the clothing industry, building their brand and growing their business, and making lots of people very happy with a well-designed, comfortable-to-wear product. Having similar goals for our transgender-friendly clothing line, and facing a lot of the same obstacles that TomboyX has had to overcome, getting to sit down with these friendly, insightful women and capable business owners was an invaluable opportunity. From outlining potential pitfalls we might encounter and useful suggestions on how to avoid them, to sharing their hard-won understanding of the apparel industry and experiences they've had in traveling around the world in search of ethical factories - we can't thank them enough for their help!