This is Erika from Portland Apron Company. I'm sorry I've been quiet over here lately, I haven't posted to social media or sent out an email for a few months now. There is a reason for that, as I've been navigating some big changes over that time. I'll explain more below, but I'll just come out and say it- PAC is no longer solely me. I've joined forces with Cribsi, another small California business, and I couldn't be happier!
Over the past decade I've been running PAC solo; from shipping and website maintenance, to sourcing the best organic fabrics I could find, designing new styles, doing my best to respond to emails, as well as sewing everything myself, then eventually finding local help with manufacturing. What an education this has been over 10 years! It's been a lot, there is no doubt that I slowly burnt myself out. Regardless, I loved it! I loved everything about it and never felt the desire to stop.
Over the last year though something started to shift, my momentum began to wane. Unsure of how it looked, I knew I was feeling the need for change. I wasn't sure if I was going to have to say good-bye to PAC, it felt sad to just close it down after everything it took to get here. Plus, I knew I had built something really special and connected with others with my same values.
Finding the right person to work with didn't happen overnight, I knew they would need to care about all of the things that make PAC special. I had no desire to hand the keys over to someone that would cut quality and have things made cheaply overseas. I am so happy to say that is not the case; we will continue to use the same organic and sustainable fabrics, and are still proudly made in the USA. What will change is this; you will have more options- we are working on a new line of household goods- starting with linen placemats, tablecloths, and table runners. And the days of items being out of stock for lengthy periods of time because I simply couldn't keep up will be over soon.
I'm excited for what the future holds, this really is the next right step. Thank you for being here and showing your support over the years, it really has meant the world to me. Thank you for caring about what you wear and who you support. I'll end this with my favorite quote, because it so simply explains what I personally need to be reminded of often: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James
Thank you, Erika Kelly Founder and Chief Designer
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