Hackwith Design House Is Ethically Made and Solving the Issue of Textile Waste
Lisa Hackwith, Owner
St. Paul, MN
My name is Lisa Hackwith. I live in St. Paul, MN, not far from the Hackwith Design House studio. As a small business owner, my work consumes a great deal of my time. But when I have some free time, I love taking my dog, Samson, on walks and going out to new restaurants with my husband, Dustin.
We are a women's clothing company that is dedicated to offering unique, beautiful, sustainable fashion in inclusive sizes. We produce everything made to order in our St. Paul, MN, studio.
I was a studio art major in college. When I graduated, I decided to take a year off before applying for MFA programs. In that year, my mom gave me my grandmother's old sewing machine, and I discovered my medium - designing and making clothes. I sold clothing on Etsy for a couple years, and then in 2013, I launched hackwithdesignhouse.com. My business partner, Erin, joined me a few months after the launch. She gave us the capacity to add seamstresses and more lines to our offerings while helping us focus on how to be as sustainable and efficient as possible.
We produce everything in our own studio. Very few other clothing companies oversee their own production, and it allows us to be incredibly nimble in our decision making while also being really sustainable in our process. Aside from samples for product testing and photos, we don't make anything until it is ordered by a customer, which helps us reduce waste. We also have started The Sustain Shop, in which customers can send back their old HDH pieces that they've found no longer fit or they no longer wear. We'll give them $20 in credit on our website, and then we will wash and re-sell the items. This helps us get closer to closing the loop on our production and we hope prevents any HDH pieces from ending up in landfills.