Purpose driven design.
Handcrafted goods for good. It's not a slogan, it's our reason for being.
At The Gifted Co., we put our professional eye for design, detailed handcrafted excellence, and a little bit of extra love into products that you use every day. Our mission is in our name. “Gifted” stands for “Giving Individuals Freedom Through Enterprise and Dignity.” Our company was born out of a two-fold desire; to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty while also protecting our environment by keeping beautiful new fabric company samples out of the landfill. We have found that those that are chronically homeless often suffer from debilitating feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Our desire is to help these individuals rediscover their worth.
How did it start? With something as simple and humble as scraps. Five years ago, a few swatch books of fabric were donated to us. We began creating products such as aprons, tote bags, etc. for fundraising to provide meals for those experiencing homelessness and food insecure individuals and families. This got us to think about how we could expand this idea to create jobs and sustainability for both the environment and lives.
Textiles are the #1 filler of landfills in North Carolina! Recycling these new, high-quality fabrics keep them out of landfills and remaking the fabric into beautiful and useful items brings new purpose to lives. Our first brand, “Sew & Reap Handcrafted” creates products primarily from textile company samples and donated fabrics. We train those experiencing homelessness, those coming out of drug and alcohol treatment and underemployed individuals how to sew, giving them new job skills and a new lease on life. We also work with a group of amazing and dedicated volunteers as well as our talented design team.
By purchasing our products, you not only get a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece to enjoy for years to come, but you also help to sponsor hope, freedom from homelessness and restored purpose.