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Bringing Pride Home: An Interview With Three of Our Favorite LGBTQ+-Run Brands

At Modsy, we believe that better-designed spaces lead to happier lives, and the happiest homes celebrate the individuals who live in them. So this Pride Month, we’re partnering with some of our favorite LGBTQ+-owned businesses and giving YOU the chance to celebrate your uniqueness and bring Pride home in a giveaway running on our Instagram from June 3–5, 2022!

In addition to hosting the giveaway on our IG feed, we wanted to highlight each brand involved in the giveaway by learning more about their founders. We chatted about their stories and discussed what Pride means to them and their businesses. Keep reading to get the scoop on each, and learn why we love them and what they do!

Laura Moffet, Co-Founder of Kirrin Finch

Laura Moffet, Co-Founder of Kirrin Finch

Laura (right) and Kelly (left), her partner in life and business

Tell us a bit about your company.

Kirrin Finch is a conscientious clothing company that creates menswear-inspired apparel designed to fit a wide range of women and non-binary folks. The brand began when my partner Kelly and I decided we were no longer willing to settle for ill-fitting menswear and overly frilly womenswear.

We wanted to break down gender boundaries in fashion by making great-fitting clothing that gives people confidence and helps them feel comfortable in their own skin. We started with a vision of the perfect-fitting menswear-inspired button-up shirt. We then expanded our offerings to a full range of clothing and accessories, including our best-selling line of suiting.

What do you most enjoy about being an LGBTQ+-owned business?

LGBTQ+ businesses were considered to be niche for the longest time. But when we started our business, it was essential to serve our community by providing a product that addressed their specific needs and solved any pain points for them.

Our business has grown as the world has become more accepting and open to LGBTQ+ folks. So now, we really enjoy connecting with more customers and providing them with something they haven’t been able to find before.

Clothes by Kirrin Finch

Clothes by Kirrin Finch

What would you say your brand and Modsy have in common?

Our customer is someone who’s struggled to find clothing that makes them feel

confident and comfortable. Our goal is to remove the obstacles they might face shopping from traditional retailers by providing clothing that helps them feel more authentic.

Modsy helps people live happier lives by eliminating the hassle of the interior design process with 3D visualization so their customers can have a foolproof design experience. As a result, both our brands offer people easier ways to live fuller lives.

What does Pride mean to you and your business?

We understand that Pride has become a bigger deal as more and more companies release Pride collections, putting more eyeballs on the LGBTQ+ community. But we must put the majority of focus on LGBTQ+ people and businesses so they can get the recognition and support they deserve. It’s also essential that we remember there is still a long way to go on the road to equality. After all, Pride is a time for activism and raising awareness.

Where can people find you online?

On our website, kirrinfinch.com and on social at @kirrinfinch

David Krause, Co-Founder of Alder New York

Nina and David, co-founders of Alder New York

Nina and David, co-founders of Alder New York

Tell us a bit about your company.

Alder New York was founded by myself and my co-founder, Nina Zilka. We’re a queer and woman-owned independent skincare brand based in (where else?) New York. We make clean, vegan products designed to work for all skin types, no matter your age, gender, or ethnicity. We believe that skincare shouldn’t be complicated, and you shouldn’t need an esthetician’s license to have great skin.

What do you most enjoy about being an LGBTQ+-owned business?

I enjoy not just serving fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community but also allies and other marginalized communities. We love when our clean, vegan, genderless skincare makes someone feel and look amazing. They don’t feel judged, uncomfortable, or stereotyped—they just feel good in their own skin.

Alder New York’s Nourishing Cream

Alder New York’s Nourishing Cream

What would you say your brand and Modsy have in common?

We are all about making personal care beautiful and functional without adding any stress to your routine. We think Modsy has that same view for their customers when it comes to their home’s interior design.

What does Pride mean to you and your business?

Pride is about being visible and proud of our queer identities. As a queer business owner, Pride is about celebrating both our trials and triumphs with our community, which feels relevant today more than ever.

Where can people find you online?

On our website, aldernewyork.com and on Instagram @alder_new_york and @davidjameskrause

Jocelyn Drew, Co-Founder of Bijou Candles

Jocelyn (right), and Alaina (Left), married couple and co-founders of Bijou Candles

Jocelyn (right), and Alaina (Left), married couple and co-founders of Bijou Candles

Tell us a bit about your company.

My wife Alaina and I started Bijou Candles shortly after tying the knot. We had a vision of marrying our dual love of pop culture and incredible scents. Bijou’s inspiration comes from our obsession with all things pop culture, all things witchy, and all things women’s empowerment. So our candles are inspired by women in pop culture history, and they carry the moniker of their iconic namesakes.

What do you most enjoy about being an LGBTQ+-owned business?

We believe one of the most important things is visibility for our community. We hope that by putting ourselves out there as an LGBTQ+-run small business, we can help inspire people like us to pursue their passions.

Bijou Candles’ 90s Icons candle set

Bijou Candles’ 90s Icons candle set

What would you say your brand and Modsy have in common?

Modsy and Bijou Candles both understand that people want their personal style reflected in their homes. We both offer products and services that help make interior design and self-expression more accessible.

What does Pride mean to you and your business?

As a married, queer couple that runs a business together, Pride means so much to us. We are proud that small businesses in America can take on many different forms. And the people who run those businesses don’t have to fit into traditional boxes to be successful. We definitely take a lot of inspiration from LGBTQ+ culture and are so proud to be able to spread our inspiration around and help others feel seen and understood.

Where can people find you online?

On our website, bijoucandles.com and on Instagram @bijoucandles

 

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