Back in 2010 when Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi opened their doors, they knew that they could use their business as a way to impact the lives of immigrants and refugees in their New Mexico community. With over 30 combined years working in the non-profit sector in women’s economic development and education, they started their commercial venture to show how a business could be sustainable while doing good.
Located near the International District of Albuquerque, they are committed to creating good jobs for immigrants and refugees in our community. Both Molly and Kei identify as immigrants and each speak several languages. Their neighborhood is one of the city’s most culturally vibrant and diverse, though still steeped in poverty. They aim to serve as an economic engine for the area, providing work, skills, and support for those looking to build a better life for themselves and their families.
"With all the production we do, we are also committed to minimizing our impact on the environment. This means using only water-based, eco-friendly inks (no plastisol, please!). We filter our waste water to 20 microns to keep pigments out of our water system. Our product line is also made using only 100% natural fibers. Scrap fabric from our production is often recycled through schools and community groups. And living in the high desert, we make the most of our New Mexico sun by generating solar power for our electrical needs."