Beth Doane is an incredible girl. The Santa Monica-based 29-year-old is the founder of RainTees and is also a sought-after speaker, author and much more. I met her and her boyfriend in LA in June and knew we had to profile her on the Toque Girls. In addition to answering my five questions, she kindly offered to send a RainTee our way for a giveaway, so, here’s the deal: for a chance to win a RainTee, follow Beth on Twitter or like her on Facebook and then leave us a comment below. You have until Thursday at 10 p.m. to enter.
Without further ado, let’s get to know the lovely Beth Doane.
What compelled you to start RainTees?
In 2007, I was running a fashion company and started seeing how toxic the apparel and accessories production process can be for the environment and millions of garment workers around the globe. I was seeing things like child labor and also saw how the human rights violations of workers in developing countries are horrible. I realized that industry leaders were not taking enough action to stop these injustices and knew that fashion could be made ethically and with fabrics that are better for the planet like 100% organic cotton. I began speaking out about what I was seeing and was determined to create a collection that gives back, so I created RainTees. I built it from the ground up with my vision, knowing that if the industry was going to change I was going to have to do my part to make a difference.
I worked very hard and ran the company from my parents’ kitchen table when we first started to cut costs. It paid off and now we are sold around the world and RainTees launched at the highest attended show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Our mission of planting a tree for every item we sell has helped reforest thousands of acres of land and we also send school supplies to kids in critically endangered areas around the world and our collections feature their artwork. Today, RainTees works with children in over 30 countries and has a pen pal program too, so it’s great to see our fans connecting with youth around the world.