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Meet Jodie Guirey of Repose Home in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jodie Guirey.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been a Jewelry Designer practicing with my own business. Once it was clear that COVID-19 was only going to get worse, I had to quarantine with my partner Sean at his apartment and cancel multiple trips where I expected to make the majority of my income for the year. I was extremely scared of the uncertainty of our health and of the business. While trying to figure out solutions, I had to make the shared space as comfortable as possible and to decorate it in a way that helped me feel at “home.” I’ve always had my list of BIPOC-owned brands to support in all industries, but it became clear how so little were represented in the home and lifestyle space in surrounding boutiques, online shops, and in the media. I decided to use my knowledge in e-commerce to create an inclusive space online where BIPOC artists and designers were amplified. Repose Home now carries 27 brands since launching in September and I’m looking forward to seeing our community grow even more!

Has it been a smooth road?
No one would ever recommend starting a business during a pandemic, but the community we grew really showed up to support any way they could even before launch. We want to support each other and we want to see each other succeed.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Repose Home story. Tell us more about the business.
Repose Home is an online concept store amplifying BIPOC artists, designers, and creatives in the home and lifestyle space. Based in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

Our goal is to build a diverse community where we can share our love and experiences of creating products for our sanctuaries in an inclusive and supportive space.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I am hopeful that BIPOC artists and designers will be represented more and given equity that’s LONG overdue. With the racial reckoning and Black Lives Matter in 2020, we saw a shift in how people wanted to start supporting Black-owned businesses and I will keep pushing for continuous support for Black and Brown communities.

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Maria Enomoto, Grl & Co., Danielle Yukari, Baby Tress, Amanda Hummes, Suzari Designs, Estelle Colored Glass, KuuPottery

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