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Burke Transparency & Sustainability Goals

Next week is both Earth Day and Fashion Revolution Week! April is also the 2 year anniversary of the birth of Burke Mercantile's brick & mortar shop! This is normally my favorite week of the year as I host my annual charity raffle in the shop to benefit environmental causes, and host workshops and events for all our local customers. We even had a huge neighborhood event planned with over 20 East Village small businesses this year! While a potentially virtual charity raffle is still in the works (stay tuned!), sadly our events are not. With all of us under our Safe at Home orders, I'm forced to approach this week a lot differently! I'll be sharing information and education on climate change, sustainability...

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Burke Residency 3 Brand: 323

Emma: Hi Jillian! Thank you so much for sitting down to answer my questions.  Jillian: Hi Emma! Thank you for taking the time to ask such thoughtful questions :) E: To start off, since we are fresh into this new decade, I’d love to hear one of your personal intentions or aspirations for this upcoming year and…if you’re feeling ambitious, for the upcoming decade. J: Definitely to listen to my body more - resting and slowing down. I really struggle with a lack of body awareness and dissociation, so I’m hoping that I can work on that. Over the next decade I’m really going to focus on being less hard on myself. This will totally be a lifelong thing for...

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Burke Residency 2 Brand: Gravel and Gold

Holly and Tomra, Gravel and Gold Emma: Hi Gravel and Gold! Thank you so much for sitting down to answer my questions.Shout out to women-owned and operated endeavors! Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to start a design collective. Where did that vision start and how has it evolved into present-day Gravel and Gold? Holly & Tomra: Gravel & Gold was started in 2008 in San Francisco, as a shop and creative hub for us and our friends. We wanted a place that would support creativity of all kinds, so we held art shows, dinners, lectures, music and dance performances. We hosted artists for residencies in our homes and we sold vintage treasures we found...

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Let's talk about Sustainability

Sustainability. It's hard to know where to start on this topic. It seems to really be looming over the retail and fashion industries at the moment, and I think that's really exciting, but I still feel some confusion and hesitation from consumers. So I wanted to touch on the subject, how I've come to know it and practice it, and how it led me create Burke Mercantile.  Before starting Burke, and before working for local, small businesses as I have for the year leading up to Burke's launch, I worked for a Urban Outfitters for eight years. My experience with Urban is ultimately what led me to my passions for personal style and dreams of having my own shop one...

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