Lisa Hackwith immersed herself in the art of making clothing, and began selling clothing online in 2010 and four months later she decided to quit her job to devote herself full time to Hackwith Design House.
Was there been a pivotal moment where you decided to be a designer?
I taught myself to sew after I graduated from college with an art degree. I took a year off to research MFA programs when I discovered my medium – designing and making clothes.
What does handmade mean to you, and why is it important?
Like J.W. Hulme, we value quality, and it’s important to us that we make everything in our studio in Minneapolis where we know our workers are paid fairly and where we can monitor the quality of the products we are putting out. We want our pieces to be favorites of our customers, and items that they can pull from their closets for years to come.
What are your favorite J.W. Hulme products?
I love the Excursion Bag and the Weekend Bag.
What else inspires you?
I am inspired by those living authentic lives. People who want to buy local, to support their neighbors, to know that their money is being used toward something productive and not destructive while contributing to the local economy. Our clothing is made with these people in mind. It is also inspiring to be a part of a community of makers and small business owners that provides the conscientious consumer with beautiful and quality products. Our favorite meetings are the ones where we get to sit down with artists that are a part of our Makers Alongside Hackwith Design House series and hear about their work, their passions. There is nothing more inspiring than talking to someone who loves what they do and are great at it.
How would you describe your style?
I am drawn to clean lines, neutral tones, and pieces that are made with care and in a sustainable way. I am pretty minimalist when it comes to accessorizing, so I wear pieces that I love and feel comfortable in.
What is important to you about buying local and supporting American Made?
I am constantly impressed by people in this country that have stepped up and are doing things. They’re making, creating, writing, building, contributing. They’re forming businesses doing what they love and are good at. We are proud to have brought back manufacturing jobs to the North Loop neighborhood in Minneapolis. We are impressed by other companies and people doing the same. It’s exciting to be a small part of the movement back to American Made products and joining those who have been doing it all along.