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GIRLBOSS Moment!

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We are so excited to have Luna Zorro featured on the GIRLBOSS website!

Girlboss was founded by entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso and born from the book that sparked a movement. In May of 2014, Sophia's book #Girlboss skyrocketed onto the New York Times Bestseller list and stayed there - for nearly 20 weeks. Shortly after, "#girlboss" began to fill social media platforms, becoming a battle cry for a generation of women. Today, Girlboss enables women to connect - across social, digital, and experiential platforms to discuss and share knowledge about career, entrepreneurship, personal finance, relationships, and more. 

Every week, the GIRLBOSS website likes to feature women who are blazing their own trail and creating a life for themselves. In September, Luna Zorro founder, Molly Berry, was interviewed in September for as seen below:

How Luna Zorro Began : I started Luna Zorro a year and a half ago after deciding I needed a new bedspread. Living in Guatemala is a cultural experience every single day and the incredible handwoven textiles that are produced here are unlike any other. I wanted a neutral bedspread which I couldn’t seem to find anywhere as the traditional colors of Guatemala tend to be bright and bold. I began to immerse myself and get to know the Guatemalan world of weaving intimately. I talked to anyone and everyone I could, I strolled through market upon market, I wasn’t afraid to put myself out there, to ask and to learn. I became more confident, I improved my Spanish daily, and I began to really understand that people are generous and candid with their time and help when you approach them with genuine respect for what they do. Within the first few weeks, I designed a bedspread which was handwoven for me, and it was at that moment that Luna Zorro was born. I saw a sweet pocket of potential in which I could honor the incredible quality and integrity of the handwoven textiles of Guatemala while putting my own modern take on the colors and patterns. I saw that by living here and involving myself in the process of the art of weaving, I could provide a custom textile design service to others.

What Luna Zorro does : Working directly with Mayan weavers is the heart of Luna Zorro and it is what I love most about my business. Today, we do custom orders for interior designers, boutique hotels, and recently we’ve started a retail store online. Everything is designed and woven to order, so I’m in constant contact with the weavers which total nearly 20 at this point. We work together, we’ve built deep friendships, we collaborate on designs, and we stand in a global marketplace together. 

Luna Zorro’s best #girlboss moment : One day, my phone rang and it was a number I didn’t recognize. I answered and a young but confident voice explained that her name was Delia, she was a weaver from the Western highlands of Guatemala, and she had gotten my number from another weaver that I’d once been in touch with. Delia had called me to ask if she could make the 3 hour bus ride to Antigua to show me samples of her work. I agreed, impressed and touched by her courage and initiative (I met all of the other weavers by searching high and low and introducing myself to them). At the time I wasn’t sure what projects I could give Delia - I didn’t yet have a big enough workload to take on more weavers, but I was so moved by her initiative that I knew I would find work for her. Today, Delia, her mom, her six sisters and her two brothers are my main weaving cooperative and they're kicking ass at what they do. I am able to give them a constant and sustainable flow of work which they handle professionally and gracefully. Delia made a bold move that totally paid off for all of us. I’m eternally proud to partner with these artisans, entrepreneurs, and real life girlbosses.

Three Pieces of Advice to Aspiring Girlbosses:

  1. Trust your instincts because they’re always right. Sometimes we get so oversaturated with outsider advice that it’s hard to hear our inner voice. No one knows you like you do. Learn to turn inward and have faith in what feels right for you and for your own path even if you aren’t sure exactly yet where it will lead you.
  2. Use your networks and don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s inspiring and humbling how many people want to be involved with someone who is building a business authentically. 
  3. Show gratitude for your experiences. In good times and in hard times, expressing appreciation helps to keep you grounded and real. Building a business is really hard work, but no matter what, it’s a valuable learning experience. In the words of Nelson Mandela “I never lose. I either win or learn.” It’s that kind of attitude that will help you be a true #girlboss.

It is an honor and an inspiration to have been recognized by the GIRLBOSS foundation and to have our story told through their wonderful platform - THANK YOU GIRLBOSS! Below, you can see some of our products that are woven by Delia and her family.

 

 


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