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Meet Jackie Michel of Bare Reverie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackie Michel.

Jackie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Bare Reverie is an organic lingerie and loungewear brand I started that aids in sustaining our environment and bodies. This company is named bare reverie because I believe we should treasure one of the most incredible creations on this earth, our bodies. Being that our bodies were created from this earth, why shouldn’t our clothes be?

I started out as a fashion design student which led to a ten-year career in Technical Design ranging from athletic wear to lingerie. With gained knowledge in the industry, I decided to take on side work as a seamstress and made a small line sewing custom lace pieces for friends. When my husband and I both noticed how much the side hustle was growing and that my passion exuded more when working on it, I took the leap to make my passion my career. Today I design organic and sustainable lingerie and loungewear, teach women to sew, offer alterations, and help other creative entrepreneurs with their design needs.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting and running a business is not at all for the weak and we rarely hear people keep it real in regards to both wins and lessons. The main struggle at first was sourcing organic fabrics that were cost-effective, provided comfort, and didn’t promote waste. Eventually, partnering with fabric stores in Miami and domestically helped solve that problem and boost the community amongst our businesses.

Please tell us about Bare Reverie.
Bare Reverie overall is a brand for the conscious woman. With sewing workshops, they are able to learn and feed their creativity in person or online. Through alterations, we’re able to build connections while talking about their upcoming events.

I’m proud of our lingerie for providing an option that will not only be good for myself and others but for our world and the countries who have to deal with the results of consumer madness. So much of our clothing consumption is sitting in huge piles in countries around the globe, one being Haiti where my family is originally from. They will sit there for decades and not disintegrate because of all of the synthetic fabrics we use.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started sooner. Sometimes it takes a while to hone in on your gifts and have the confidence to go for it. For anyone who needs to hear this: Just start and just keep going.

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Image Credit:
Photographers: Denice Lachapelle, Vicky Matthews, El Roi Studios
Models: Michelle L., Nathalie A.

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