Where did our Name come from? (Continued)
When Bridget, out of the blue, said, “What about Ginger Threads?” I immediately had chicken skin (goosebumps), and said, “I love that - Ginger was my Mom’s name.” I’m pretty sure Bridget didn’t know her name - those are wounds that I seldom talked about. It was pure serendipity, as I thought how much my Mom, who tragically passed away in 2002 at the young age of 51, embodied the key values of our boutique business. And using the word “threads” - because each thread is equally important and necessary to collectively create the beautiful garments we love to wear.
Who was Ginger, anyway? The name that graces our official incorporation paperwork, the large sign outside of our shop, and the website. A creative and artistic soul, Ginger relished time with her family and living life, endlessly pursuing her passions and dreams.
She was a single parent - juggling multiple jobs to make sure her girls had a roof over their heads, food on the table, and once in a while something special. She wasn’t materialistic, and she worked hard to give us things that would make a difference in our lives. There was the alto saxophone in 3rd grade that I played until I had to choose between sports and music in highschool, and my first surfboard that she saved for, which opened a whole new world for me.
As a photographer, Ginger had an eye for capturing the beautiful and unique moments in life; everything from the solitude of a Death Valley sunrise, the blood, sweat, and tears of the Iron Man triathletes competing in Kona, and the candid shots of her family. She was dedicated to her friends and gave back to her community by helping those in need and sometimes this meant literally giving the clothes off her back. She appreciated quality and handmade things that would last forever over quantity.
She sewed much of our clothing when we were younger, and grew so many fruits and veggies in her garden that it truly escapes me why I have the opposite of a green thumb! Ginger had style that matched her fearless and independent spirit, and she chose to spend her time doing things she loved rather than worrying about what others thought.
I’d like to think that my Mom would be proud of the business we’ve created - supporting artisans that hand make their jewelry and sustainable fashion companies that pay their garment workers living wages and use eco-friendly fabrics. Choosing a name is a daunting and significant milestone for any business. I’m grateful that we can perpetuate my Mom’s memory through Ginger Threads Collections, and I truly hope we can make a positive impact for others as Ginger did in her lifetime!