• T R U E S T O R Y

    We Dare We Dream We Create

    When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. ― Audre Lorde

Haute Hope

TrueStory is a global brand connecting local communities for social change. Clustered within a relational network of non-profits, local businesses, and grass roots micro-finance endeavors, TrueStory is committed to working within the diversity of local organizations to bring restoration to depleted communities while investing in the value and dignity of every individual. Social transformation happens through relationships. From the women who make them, to the women who wear them, our garments represent a culture of compassion, self-discovery, and celebration of hope. Participate in one of our creative retreats or journey groups locally.

Upcycle Couture

Using traditional and vintage indigenous textiles that often include hand-embroidery and beadwork in naturally dyed silk and cottons, our luxurious garments are stunning one-of-a-kind pieces with rich texture and history. Our textiles, distribution and shipping practices are conscientious of caring for the earth and the communities it hosts. Our wholistic vocational workshops foster creative expression by cultivating the inner person and providing a supportive environment for healing, integration, relational health and leadership development. True Story focuses on the redemptive power of understanding ourselves in new ways and telling another story.

Meraki Made

Meraki, a Greek word derived from the Turkish “Merak” is applied to tasks, usually creative or artistic. It means to put the essence of who you are into what you do, to labor in love. Our fashion creations celebrate the resilience of women and the beauty of persevering to overcome personal challenges by growing, listening, discovering and creating new things together. At TrueStory, fashion happens in family. Our Fashion House, ``House of Heroes,`` provides creative jobs to women from fragile circumstances while celebrating the journey of rediscovering the beauty within.

OUR STORIESAlthough they are only breath, words which I command are immortal. -Sappho

TrueStory.WOMEN aims to redefine femininity and beauty through thought-provoking and counter-cultural perspectives. Our goal is to inspire, revive, and restore women by helping them find their true purpose and worth.  TrueStory holds the modern mold of woman up to the fire to evoke a discussion on femininity and re-shape an authentic design and fashion. TrueStory is a catalyst for positive change; leading women to discover beauty apart from vanity, influence apart from manipulation, style apart from materialism, sweetness apart from passivity, and womanhood without degradation. TrueStory says women are not only interesting, but original, not only good enough, but exceptional—not just here, but here for a purpose.

FEATURED PRODUCT Drawing directly from local designers and the women's groups themselves,
TrueStory expresses richly evolving historical and social aesthetic.
Our "Kaleidascope Robe" is available for pre-order as part of our new kick-starter in Indonesia

MEET OUR TEAMThe 'art of being a woman’ is recognizing your own strengths,
choosing to link arms with others, and growing with grace.

Nicole Voelkel

Nicole Voelkel

Director of Development
Ellen Sunshine

Ellen Sunshine

Creative Entrepreneur & Impact Analysis
Carla Alleyne

Carla Alleyne

Creative Entrepreneur & Business Administration
Karla Scherf

Karla Scherf

Creative Entrepreneur & Curriculum

OUR SERVICESThe great innovator Dr. Seuss once wrote: 'It’s not about what it is; it’s about what it can become.’

Handmade Design

Each clothing item is one of a kind piece based on local materials and unique textiles. Our vintage collection from India features hand-embroidered pure silk sari, while our stunning Indonesian batiks are gathered from local women cooperatives and repurposed into beautiful quilts and home decor.

Ethical Fashion

In partnership with NYC school of ethical design, we bring students to work with our seamstress in an exciting collaboration of aesthetic and style. Our co-branding project works with larger labels to produce beautiful designs with a powerful social impact.

Our Sewing Circles

At TrueStory, fashion happens in family. Each women's cooperative receives training and employment in crafting original hand-made garments.

Creative Curriculum

Our micro-enterprise model allows a community of women to work and grow together through creative workshops, listening circles and a unique personal growth journey guided by a research-based curriculum.

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We are looking for collaborators, creators, movers and shakers, visionaries and tea-makers. It takes all types to make good things happen. Drop us a line

Mission statement on loan from the lovely ladies at Darling Magazine

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Supporting individual Women's groups in 10k funding blocks