Since starting DUVAL, at first I wanted to hide behind the scenes as the creator of the brand. I wanted to quietly make my handbags and let my pieces speak for me. I wanted my designs to reflect who I was, and this I can 100% say that I have shown you who I am through my designs.
But as the time went on, people had questions for me. They wanted to know more about me, more about what I did, how I started and my why behind all of this leather goods brand I've created! I came to realize, that I couldn't shy away behind the scenes (where I'm more comfortable). This was inevitably a platform that gave me a voice to reach more amazing individuals! As much as my designs will always reflect who I am, I have to do more. I need to start more conversations!
This week I realized that I have told you about the core mission of our business: to make the world a better place by donating 10% of our profits to charity.
Today I want to tell you about the driving force behind this passion.
Having been born and raised in Canada with a multitude of privileges that were mostly taken for granted, I'd been taught about the extreme poverty that other people faced around the world, but I'd never experienced it. I didn't fully get it!
In December 2006, I went on a trip that would forever change my world view! I headed to Peru for a mission trip to help out and rebuild a church and help a community in need. For the first time in my life, my world view changed. I saw first hand the conditions in which some people lived, I saw the hardships families had to go through in order to simply survive and feed their families.
What broke my heart even more was knowing that Peru isn't even close to some of the worst places around our world! From that day forward I vowed to try and make the world a better place. I couldn't stand the thought of how I could have gone living my whole life until then, without understanding the extent of the difference we can make in the lives of others!
From right here in our own city to across the globe, there are people that need our help! I believe we are all given gifts and passions in various areas so we can each make our own differences in the world. Mine happens to be in fashion, where I was able to merge my two passions and can inspire others to build their businesses with not just profits, but a better world in mind.
My hope is to inspire my customers to search out the ways that they as an individual can make this world a better place! My hope is that together we can inspire each other to reach our full potential and to use our resources to help where we can.
If one life is bettered by something we did, that's a truly beautiful thing and a step in the right direction!
Spread the love and #BeTheChange every day!!