Total loan: $6,000


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Santa Rosa, CA, United States / Clothing

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A loan helped a Black-Queer Women/Veteran Owned Business Hobbled By COVID-19 & Systemic Injustice!

Karen's story

I am my Brand and We are both Marginalized. The idea for my company, Hautebutch, was born in 2010 out of my personal frustration with shopping in the men’s department of major department stores in an effort to reflect my sense of style and my size.  The clothes never fit well nor did they quite capture the look I was after. I recognized that this was not just my issue; that many women and transmen sought clothing that would fit their bodies and their style. Like many others I found it uncomfortable to shop in these departments and God forbid, ask for help. Clothes speak before we ever utter a single word and my clothes were downright oppressive.There were just no stores for androgynous tomboys or queer style seekers.   I am the product of entrepreneurial grandparents who owned several small businesses   employing many black families in our neighborhood, My own drive to create that which does not exist can be directly attributed to my grandfather “Papa” who, among other enterprises, created the first Black owned cab company in Houston Texas. On Juneteenth 2012, I stopped flipping houses and started Hautebutch with no money and no experience. My wife was not a happy woman :) (although she later came onboard).