Germaine Caprio & Russell Curry
Tell us about your business.When Germaine and Russell had their first baby in 1996, Germaine realized there was nothing for her to wear when heading back to work. She designed and patented the first nursing tank top for new mamas and sold it into Nordstrom Department Stores in the fall of 1999. Since then, Majamas has grown into a full line of clothing not only for new mamas but for ALL women. We are committed to purchasing all materials used to make our garments from US suppliers and we only sew our garments in the United States. Our green practices go far beyond most clothing manufacturers and we believe the world appreciates our goal to leave the smallest impact possible when producing a garment line. You can find our beautiful bras and versatile sleepwear in Whole Foods Stores and small boutiques worldwide. Our mission is to ensure women never feel the need to sacrifice fashion for comfort.
What makes your business stand out?The textile business is one of the heaviest polluters. From making raw fiber into fabric all the way to sewing the finished product, waste is a constant issue. Majamas is always seeking to shrink our footprint and we believe by using US materials and sewing our goods in the US, we can help to reduce not only the waste, but fuels used for shipping orders and more. We even use our excess and remnant fabrics to make our customer bags and scarves. We know there are more people out there that feel the way we do about preserving as much of our natural planet as possible. Majamas makes it possible to buy beautiful clothing at affordable prices made in the United States.
What's the best business advice you've received?This advice was not told directly to me. Funny but I actually learned it from watching A Bug's Life with my daughters when they were little. There's a scene in the beginning of the movie when the new Ant Princess is learning to take over running the ant colony from her mother. When the food her colony gathered disappears, the mean grasshopper called Hopper, confronts her asking why his food is not ready for him. She replies something like, "I'm new! It isn't my fault" and Hopper says something like, "First rule of management, EVERYTHING'S your fault". Garment lines using sweat shops like the one that collapsed in Bangladesh need to take responsibility for that horrible incident. Consumers must resist the cost of a cheap garment and hold these companies accountable for their business practices. A "cheap" top isn't cheap when human lives are at stake to make it.
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