Welcome! My name is Emma, the owner of Orcas Lucille. I live in Washington state with my husband and three kids.
Before my first son was born, I was already excited about dressing him. There was something about dressing my own little baby that really appealed to me. It was a sort of creative outlet from all the seemingly mundane tasks of caring for a baby, because let's be real, no one gets excited at the thought of changing diapers.
Fast-forward to me being at home with my new baby boy, I joined the world of Instagram and discovered all these neat shops. I loved that in a world where children are thought of last in the fashion department, there was a small world of moms out there who also had the same appreciation for children's fashion. I felt that the big box retailers paid little attention to the style and fit of children's clothing. And it inspired me to create something myself, something I thought was lacking in the market. I wanted to produce apparel for children with a focus on simple, yet trendy styles.
After one year of learning and product development, I launched my first collection in late August 2017. I design every piece that you see in the shop. Many shops go the route of bringing in already made styles (this is why you see different shops selling the exact same styles but with different brand tags - more on this at a later time), but I've always wanted to be a little more unique.
Thank you, sincerely, from the bottom of my heart for supporting a minority woman-owned business. Your support has allowed me to realize my dream of being with my children, building a business, and contributing to my family and to the community. This would not be possible without each and every customer here today.
Who is Orcas Lucille?
The short answer is no one...at least not to my knowledge.
The long answer: Orcas and Lucille are two parallel streets our first home sat between. There is a certain significance to our first home because that was where my husband and I lived when we first got married. It was where we were inspired to create a business. And it was also where we had our first son. A lot of memories were made in that home. And so what better way to name my first company than the locale of that amazing, memorable place.
Most of our products are designed by me from scratch. Having exclusive pieces is what makes our brand unique. We do not purchase wholesale and relabel. A small number of our pieces are factory based patterns that I have had the opportunity to redesign.
We are on a journey to sustainability. While this is a big endeavor, we also understand it is about the intention and process, not perfection. We strive to be transparent about our products and will take you along in this journey. Beyond just designing our products to last through multiple children, we have made changes to have every single product packaged in compostable packaging. We source natural materials when we can and when it is up to our standard of quality.
Our pieces are made in small batches at overseas factories in China. I communicate with them often and have come to know them, their family, and their culture. They are just like you and me, working to support their families. Our big goal is to begin factory audits this year.
If you have any questions about our products, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
We strongly believe in giving. We believe when the Lord blesses and provides for a person, it is not only for that person's own benefit but for that person to benefit others as well. That is why we are committed to giving away a portion of our earnings to charities we support every year. We hope to expand this program in the future as we grow. If you have made a purchase, thank you for being a part of this giving pledge. So far we've donated to the following organizations:
- Love Bought International - a nonprofit building an orphanage in Colombia
- Mary's Place - a women and children's shelter in Seattle
- Community Fundraiser (crowdfunding) to purchase masks for healthcare workers and underserved communities during COVID-19
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund - a civil rights law organization
- Treehouse for Kids - a Seattle nonprofit helping foster children