This season we’re focusing on the magic that comes from a new beginning. Maybe you caught a glimpse of that with the launch of our SS 17 collection! The Spring / Summer 2017 collection is an ode to origins and new beginnings. Handcrafted in East Africa, this collection is a celebration of hope in the lives of Sseko women, both in Uganda and here at home. One of those women is named Barb Groves, and we are SO excited to introduce you to her.
If you’ve been to Portland, you may have visited Guero, the Mexican food truck in Southeast that serves up mouthwatering tortas and bowls. Megan Sanchez, who co-owns Guero with her partner Alec, has impeccably designed and branded the truck, transforming it into an oasis of plants, color and energy. (Truly. Just looking at the truck, you feel happier!) Megan is an entertainer and a hostess at her core: inviting, warm and full of culinary secrets. Always flawlessly dressed in an assortment of thrifted finds and simple statement pieces, she is a visionary in every sense!
Her truck, Guero, has become a staple in the Portland food cart community, and we were fortunate enough to sit down with her to understand her life outside of the food truck. Read below as we cover everything from vintage style to the importance of grace, and why she’s set out to make “homemaking” trendy again.
There are a multitude of reasons that working at Sseko’s U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon makes for a killer gig: A compelling mission that makes getting out of bed on Monday morning about more than a paycheck. The chance to wear and share gorgeous, high-quality products. A beautiful office space full of fierce and inspiring co-workers.
“Sometimes I just hate being a girl.” I used to have this thought from time to time, when I would blame my strong conviction or easily hurt feelings on my gender alone. Emotional connection is something that I have always felt very strongly and intensely. I am easily affected by a violent scene in a movie, hearing about someone going through a breakup or listening to someone talk about his or her dreams. As I’ve grown throughout college and discovered this thing called passion, I have been so confused and frustrated with the emotional distress that can come with deep connection to people, places, or concepts. I am a thinker who struggles to process my thoughts mixed with my emotions.
This is a guest post by Libby Bartley, our Summer 2015 Brave Collective Intern.
In June 2011 I set out on a new beginning as I left my roots in Cincinnati, Ohio to reluctantly embrace a new adventure in the Pacific Northwest. After one new job offer, three layovers and 57 cardboard boxes that packed away a life of sweet memories, I boarded a plane with a one-way plane ticket to embrace the unfamiliar.
As I’ve stepped in to my life here on the west coast, Sseko Designs has played a special role in guiding me as I uncover my sense of bravery. It wasn’t until I moved to Oregon that I experienced a genuine, authentic sensation that pushed me beyond the borders of my comfort zone to confront everything that once intimidated me. Prior to the move, I associated bravery with confidence that came from a comforting sense of familiarity. I had become so acquainted to my life in Ohio that I developed a sense of affirmation about who I was and labeled that assurance as bravery.
This is a guest post by Geetha Somayajula, our Summer 2015 Social Media & Marketing Intern.
When I stepped into the Sseko office on June 1st, I was hoping to learn more about online marketing, and to gain some insight into the fashion industry. What I didn’t expect was to have my worldview challenged; every day at Sseko, I’m forced to reconsider and reformulate my values and beliefs. Who am I? What do I stand for? I ask myself when I leave the office.
Perhaps the most amazing part of interning at Sseko (in addition to playing dress-up with all of the beautiful accessories!) is the opportunity to collaborate with a group of driven and inspired individuals, passionate about empowering East African women and building a more beautiful world.
The boldness of Sseko is empowering for me too.