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Meet Blakely Hiner and Angela Hodgkinson of Solare

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blakely Hiner and Angela Hodgkinson.

Blakely and Angela, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We both owned small alleyway shops separately before combining our overlapping interests of women artists, essentialist philosophy and use of high-functioning, all-natural products in October of 2017. With separate backgrounds in interior design and the NYC fashion world, we found purpose in the brand’s aim to work with female designers who are also trying to connect with women on a more intentional level.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We are a small team of two and have built this brand completely by ourselves. Growing gracefully and within our means constantly presents a challenge.

Please tell us about Solare.
We created Solare with one goal in mind: to offer women a fuss-free approach to natural beauty and wellness. As women, we often put ourselves last in the caring-for category after career, children, spouses, household, etc. and very often think of “self-care” as an unavailable, unattainable (or even entitled) luxury.

Less is more when it comes to your skincare routine and wellness. So, instead of finding a line of infinite products meant for your face alone — you might find one organic, all-natural oil that works from head to toe or a carefully edited line of non-toxic nail polish.

At Solare, self-care isn’t limited to bath salts and lotion, but rather a holistic approach meant to encompass your entire lifestyle — from the Northern California harvested loose leaf tea you enjoy in the morning, to the made-by-women earrings you wear to work, to the non-toxic candle you burn at night.

Everything we carry is made by women who are mothers, activists, sisters or artists first – and makers second. Supporting women is not only important as a women-owned small business (and in this political climate), but so, so crucial to the longevity of one-of-a-kind, well-made goods being available to all at sustainable pricing.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
BH: As a child, the bulk of my summers were spent on my grandparent’s farm – both my maternal and paternal grandparents live on lots of lands where we grew up with the trees, creeks, and horses as our guides – with only the threat of dinnertime lingering. Lately, there’s been an absence of nature in my life (or time spent alone sans iPhone, email, etc…) – I need to get back to that.

AH: My happy place is still my mother’s backyard. Growing up, I spent all of my time outside building forts and running around, feeling completely free with my imagination as my only company. Nothing makes me happier than to see my young sons enjoying her yard in the same way – running free, picking tomatoes from her garden, playing in the sprinkler… good stuff.

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Evan Beasley

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