About

My commitment to making earth­ friendly kids’ clothes with recycled textiles while reducing waste and raising adventure­ seeking children.

Meet the Maker

Hello, my name is Grace. I am a mother of 2, a wife, a daughter, and an adventurer. We live with our cats and chickens in a small house close to the ocean with a drought tolerant garden in a quaint little surfers town. When I became pregnant with my first child my husband and I stated that our life and our interest were to continue. Having children changes your life in so many ways, we didn’t feel it should have to change the things we enjoy doing and who we are at our core. And so, as a family we continue to travel, hike, camp, an adventure. I continue to create and sew, though now it is mostly done at night as everyone else sleeps. And just because we have children, does not give us an excuse to throw out our morals because it is so much more convenient. Our children have never eaten meat, we  are continually striving to reduce our amount of waste (cloth diapers, cloth napkins, filtered water, etc.), and are always teaching and showing our children and ourselves the beauty and wonder this world holds.

My Footprint

Before making a product, I do not ask myself. “Could I make this?” Instead, I ask, “Should I make this?” While designing I often think of a line from a Kimya Dawson song, “Is the price of every living thing what your product is worth?” Sure, that may sound a little extreme, but in the grand scope of things it is not. There are all different types of approaches when it comes to sustainability. My biggest worry and focus in creating a clothing line is how much waste will ultimately end up in landfills because of this? There are greater things in this world then running my own creative business, like the World itself. So what am I doing about it?

  1. Organic + Recycled: There are many alternative fibers and fabrics these days. How do I decide on the right one? For now I am sticking with organic and recycled. Here’s why: If I use natural fibers, then they should at least break down if/when they eventually find themselves in a landfill. I use Organic natural fibers so that less chemicals are infecting our ground, water, and animals. Additionally I use recycled fabrics. These fabrics may be either a natural or synthetic fiber or a combination of the 2. This not only gives the fabric a longer life before its final resting place, but in the end it reduced the amount of trash on this earth by 1/2  of what it would be if I were to by new fabric that would be eventually trashed in addition to the recycled piece that was trashed earlier (did that make sense?). If I need synthetic fabric for items I search for a recycled polyester or nylon
  2. Reduced Waste: My items are all handmade right here in America. This gives me more control over inventory. I do not have to mass produce items and then worry about the ones that don’t sell and end up, you guessed it, in the landfills. What about all those small pieces of scraps cut away from the pattern pieces? Again, since Indi Scout items are handmade I can get great yield out of fabric and end up with few scraps. The scraps that I do receive either get recycled into appliqué or other decorative items, OR I use them as stuffing in fun floor cushions for myself or friends.
  3. Packaging: Items are mailed in either eco-enclose biodegradable/recyclable mailers or recycled boxes. Cards and hang tags are printed on recycled paper in non toxic inks and attached with scrap fabric or organic naturally dyed yarn. Retail items are packaged in biodegradable paper splattered with homemade natural dyes and organic yarn.

 

Where did I come from?

I create and I make because my soul yearns to do so. I need it almost as much as I need air to breathe. I have been sewing since middle school- over 15 years. In 9th grade a girl in class remarked I would grow up to be a fashion designer and I gave her the stink eye as I was then quite an indie punk kid. In 10th grade I started selling crocheted hats at a local coffee shop, and though the products may have changed, I never stopped creating, making, and selling. I attended Memphis College of Art on scholarship and then studied fashion at Palomar College. When making adult clothes I was often told by people that they loved my designs for their children. After having children of mine, I finally started seeing it their way. I guess I have just always been a child at heart. I think my design/style philosophy was best summed up by a client in my sister’s hair salon. The lady made some lovely remarks on my outfit and then asked how I style them. I simply said, “oh I don’t know, I just try and match things” to which she replied, “thats so interesting because I would say you don’t match at all.” I do like to mix different elements and put things together that normally wouldn’t be together. All I know for sure is, I create things I love, and I hope you love them too.

Where Will I Go?

The future is bright. I hope to continue to add more and more outdoor clothes such as jackets, swimsuits, fleeces, etc. However, it may be a slow road as I am committed to keeping this label as sustainable as possible and many sustainable fabrics are only available in very very large quantities. I do hope you stick around and help me grow to see this dream come true. I also hope to eventually add adult outdoor wear, since there are very few outdoor clothing companies that have any since of style. I may want to be in nature all the time, but I still want to look good!

And since we are dreaming big, I would also love to be able to employ people, especially people I love and care about that really need a good job. One day I see myself in my own private studio space with enough room to do all the screen printing, dyeing, prepping, planning, and sewing that I want to do.