How lucky to we feel to have been THE featured merchant by our partners at Knack? Icing on the cake is we snagged the extra special Earth Day spot! Knack is a Seattle-based company making gift-giving chic, thoughtful and easy. Thank you so much for a great article and interview with Lindsay, our founder.
In honor of Earth Day 2016, we’re doing a special Featured Merchant interview with Lindsay Lawrence of Metamorphic Gear, based in Seattle. Metamorphic Gear’s colorful bags and accessories are made of upcycled materials like sailcloth, truck tarpaulin, climbing ropes and surplus industrial materials. They’re incredibly durable, attractive, and tell a terrific story.
-Can you talk about what motivated you to start creating upcycled products from these materials?
Metamorphic Gear got started in 2011 and we’ve officially been in production for about 4 years. It took close to ten months to design and create the bags, then launch the company. My background is in sales, marine carpentry, and composite materials. So I came to the design side with a pretty utilitarian mindset–I wanted to create products that I liked, needed, and wanted.
I’ve always loved the ocean. I was born in Martinique; my parents lived on a sailboat and my dad was a deep sea diver. I got my diving certification at age thirteen and I’ve always been interested in giving back to the sea. We’ve partnered with the WA Coast Organization and 1% of every Metamorphic Gear sale goes back to ocean conservation efforts, along with beach cleanups–it’s all part of our ongoing mission. The fact that the revenue from these bags I love is goes back to conservation efforts on the ground really brings this all full circle.