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We have a true passion for culture, art, design, travel, and the people behind it all.


The Mission

Preserving artisan traditions and improving livelihoods while providing high quality hand crafted goods for home and life.

What we do

We partner with artisans from underprivileged communities to design and create each piece, empowering them through independent income and providing our customers with unique handmade pieces crafted with love.  

The Team

Amanda Zehner founded Living Threads Co. in 2014 with a mission to do good through small business, supporting artisans while directly connecting consumers with the women and men who weave. Through her work in the non-profit sector over the past 10 years, Amanda has been privileged to learn from and develop relationships with the amazing people that make up what is today our Living Threads Co. Amanda not only fell in love with the vibrant textiles that these groups create, but also with their stories, culture and the opportunity to empower them through the support of their work and businesses. Today Amanda travels the world building and sustaining these relationships through partnerships, training, microcredit, and investments in the Living Threads Co. community.

Amanda Zehner founded Living Threads Co. in 2014 with a mission to do good through small business, supporting artisans while directly connecting consumers with the women and men who weave. Through her work in the non-profit sector over the past 10 years, Amanda has been privileged to learn from and develop relationships with the amazing people that make up what is today our Living Threads Co. Amanda not only fell in love with the vibrant textiles that these groups create, but also with their stories, culture and the opportunity to empower them through the support of their work and businesses. Today Amanda travels the world building and sustaining these relationships through partnerships, training, microcredit, and investments in the Living Threads Co. community.

founder & ed, Amanda

Derek is a senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Design.  With a secondary major in Management focusing on Entrepreneurship Innovation and Technology Derek is passionate about sustainable fashion.  With a passion for fashion design and sustainability, a goal of Derek’s is to connect the two! Derek loves to draw, design, and be a part of bringing ideas to life.

Derek is a senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Design. With a secondary major in Management focusing on Entrepreneurship Innovation and Technology Derek is passionate about sustainable fashion. With a passion for fashion design and sustainability, a goal of Derek’s is to connect the two! Derek loves to draw, design, and be a part of bringing ideas to life.

product Design, Derek

Samuel is a full time Photojournalist in Washington, D.C. He started his career in the Marine Corps as a Combat Photographer and received a BFA in Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Samuel is a passionate runner, climber, adventurer and artist. He comes to Living Threads Co. with a desire to connect people through design, color and craft.

Samuel is a full time Photojournalist in Washington, D.C. He started his career in the Marine Corps as a Combat Photographer and received a BFA in Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Samuel is a passionate runner, climber, adventurer and artist. He comes to Living Threads Co. with a desire to connect people through design, color and craft.

Photography & video, Samuel

Brooke is a Senior at The George Washington University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sustainability & Psychology. Brooke was drawn to Living Threads Co. by her interest in ethical and environmentally friendly means of production, her passion for design, and her desire to empower women globally.  In addition to working alongside our team at Living Threads Co., Brooke enjoys designing graphic printed clothing and is always experimenting with new ways of creating wearable art. In her free time, you can find Brooke drawing, painting, or playing around on Adobe Illustrator.

Brooke is a Senior at The George Washington University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sustainability & Psychology. Brooke was drawn to Living Threads Co. by her interest in ethical and environmentally friendly means of production, her passion for design, and her desire to empower women globally.

In addition to working alongside our team at Living Threads Co., Brooke enjoys designing graphic printed clothing and is always experimenting with new ways of creating wearable art. In her free time, you can find Brooke drawing, painting, or playing around on Adobe Illustrator.

digital design & communications, brooke

Our Advisors

Sarah Walsh

operations & marketing advisor | W&Co partners

Caryn Cramer

textile design | Caryn Cramer llc

Lyn Cain

Product development & design


Get involved. Internships.

marketing & outreach intern

Are you passionate about a new way of doing business? A new way of creating and consuming?  Do you love chatting with new people, spreading cool products you are passionate about?  You will love being part of our growing Living Threads Co. team and our mission to connect consumers to our brand, products, and artisans. And we can guarantee you will not get bored in this fast-paced, small start-up.  Reach out to new potential wholesale clients, design studios, and develop relationships and partnerships with other awesome companies! Come learn with us as our newest Marketing & Communications Intern.


social media & content writer intern

Are you a creative thinker with video production and digital editing experience?  Do you enjoy storytelling and identifying the most effective and persuasive way to communicate an idea?  Are you interested in the creative economy, design and sustainability?  If so, you might be just the person we are looking for to help tell our story, write creative and interactive journals, and network with like-minded social enterprises. Help us grow our impact on small scale artisans in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Nepal and India! Make an impact. 


Are you a analytical thinker with a knack for numbers and big picture visions? Do you enjoy organizing, problem solving and analyzing data and numbers?  Are you interested in business, the creative economy, and social entrepreneurship ?  If so, you might be just the person we are looking for to help tell our grow our business, strategic partnerships, profits - doing more good through social enterprise. Help us grow our impact on small scale artisans in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Nepal and India! Make an impact. 

business & strategic planning intern


product

photography

intern

2019, DC

Do you believe that real sustainable development starts in a small community you have never been to? That investing in individuals can impact an entire community?  Living Threads Co. is looking for an outgoing and passionate intern to help us make a difference in our artisans small business through photography.  Telling the story of our artisans, their culture, traditional art and beautiful products.  Connecting consumers with Living Threads Co. artisan products to increase our impact through sales.