Voyage Houston Trailblazer Interview

Mar 3, 2020by Sierra Lewis
         Image Credit: Celeste Boykins
   Special thanks to Angela and the editorial staff at Voyage Houston Magazine for the opportunity to participate in the magazines series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, an opportunity to highlight hidden gems in Houston and surrounding communities. 
    I'm grateful for the opportunity to reflect on the creative and entrepreneurial journey that led to New Origin Shop. Check out the full feature here.
    Read a snippet of the feature, an introduction to me, Sierra and my story. 

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.

My brand started as a means of self-expression. I’d recently relocated to Austin from New York City and I was in my 1st year of working a really demanding Special Education teaching position. On the one hand I was truly inspired by the change of pace the move to Austin presented in my life and, I was really fascinated with the intentionality of being a “bagless” city. On the other hand, I needed a way to decompress from the physical, emotional and consistent demand of teaching teenagers so I turned to crochet. Crocheting minimal, stylish reusable bag alternatives to be exact. Before you knew it, I had so many bags I chose to open my Etsy shop, this was in 2017. I welcomed this creative opportunity because originally, I attended College and majored in Fashion Marketing many years ago. 17 year old me dreamed of owning her own boutique one day.

Fast forward to 2020 and my beginnings still inspire the New Origin Shop brand. We’re rooted in minimal designs that encourage our clients to look and feel their best while also reflecting on our consumptions as humans. With each piece designed, I want our clients to feel intentional, inspiring, comfortable and most of all stylish.

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