Shopping Small is so much more than supporting local communities.
It's supporting actual people, working hard every day to make a dream come true.
It's putting food on the table. Helping makes end meet. And loads and loads of sacrifice.
We grow because of your support and commitment to keep things small and your trust in our company. Your support helps us do our part to ensure better roads, better schools, and more revenue coming into our city.
It allows us to create jobs and keep them secure so our employees can better their situations and reach their goals.
It truly takes a village.
I would personally not be where I am at today if it wasn't for an amazing group of small business owners, friends, and family who have been the support system I needed to get through the tough and focus on our company goals.
A few years ago, I sent an email out titled "When you Buy From a Small Business an Actual Person Does a Happy Dance" and I meant it just as much then as I do today.
When I began our company, I had no idea where it would take me. We began as a little monogramming company on Etsy where I shipped orders from my coffee table and processed orders from my kitchen table. 3 years ago I made the very difficult decision to leave my full time job teaching to focus on Southern Mess. I spent a lot of time reflecting on my goals and where I wanted our company to go. I wanted something authentic, different, and personal. We are so much more than fashion. We are a way of life, and a tribute to Woman all over the world. We are about empowerment, community, and working together for a common good. We are real and we are just like you. Through our brand we reflect every day fashion. We are casual but like to dress up. Our graphic tees often say the things everyone else was already thinking. The faces behind our brand are Mothers trying to figure it all out just like the rest of us. They have flaws and insecurities but have also grown so much in confidence, and that's the very thing I love about my store. It's where my happy place is and something I feel we were blessed to do. I have a passion for fashion but also for coming together and building something amazing, lasting, and honest.
Thank you from every part of my heart for your support. It means the absolute world to me and my family. As we come up on 4 years in business, I'm amazed at what we have been able to do and so excited to show you what we have planned next!