Hi there, thanks for stopping by! The Giv box was created by me, Jen Clyde, a single mama of 4 kids and a true #Girlboss who has been a Creative Director & Fashion Entrepreneur for the past 17 years. My story is a little different than the average and it's been a wild ride, but through it all my life has been changed for the best and I hope the Giv Box can change yours a little bit, month by month, as you connect to inspiring stories of others around the world and experience the joys of giving, each time you’re getting.
So why did I start the Giv mission? I was inspired to take the leap of faith and start my own artisan made subscription box because seven years creating stylish, on-trend products that make an impact on others lives ended up making the greatest impact on my own! Traveling the globe and seeing the positive effect first hand on these artisans lives, I knew I could never go back to selling and creating things that didn’t have some good attached.
My career was challenging but I loved it, until one day my life was changed forever--the company I had helped build for the past seven years came to a hard stop and closed its doors in October 2018. At the time I was the Creative Director and had helped build, from the start of the company, two things; a community of strong women who sold the jewelry, and products with artisans around the world that empowered them by creating meaningful impact in their lives. You can see why after all this, when you hear the words “we are shutting down” you would want to risk everything you could to save the mission, right?
I knew my passion alone wasn’t going to be enough to start a company, but it was a starting point. I had built a community of women over the past seven years that loved to wear jewelry and their devotion had created a wave of change and influence. It was inspiring to me to watch them each become true fans of the product’s mission and I can’t help but think that if I had helped build this once, I could create it again, and find more fans of giving. So with limited resources, lots of faith, and even more talented huge hearted friends, I began to make the Giv box reality.
So as a single mom with 4 kids and lots of bills to pay, it hasn’t been easy, and I wanted to give up and get a job with instant gratification and a quick paycheck many times. But each time I would get close to doing that, another text, DM, or phone call of someone else who needed help, or had a connection for me would come in. So, once again I would peel myself up and off the ground and keep pushing because of how much I believed in the end goal. The clock was ticking and my only saving grace were my “angel friends,” or so I called them. A small group of amazing friends who did free work for me along the way. Without them I couldn’t have done what I did in such a short time. As I know, running a business that focuses on giving and artisans who need us can be challenging and I don’t doubt that I have more hard roads ahead, but I am ready daily to take this on, to connect to more stories of artisans in need, and to create more products that are fashion forward, and will change someone else's life.
What we buy can change the world, I believe this is my mission, to take my talents of creating trendy designs and turn them into more opportunities for others by bringing it to you, wrapped up in a pretty package monthly, full of fun, and full of love. Reminding all of us that giving doesn't have to be hard.
Our mission is to show you that giving doesn't have to be hard. So many people want to give back but they don’t know how, or they don’t think they can afford it. What if we told you that we have a solution, by creating products that you will naturally buy anyway and then connect them to bettering our world. You will buy accessories anyways, so why not buy the ones that will do good without sacrificing good style? We believe that you can still have a great looking accessories and shopping experience while connecting to more meaningful stories, and by doing so, you will have a more meaningful life. Once you start doing good by wearing impactful accessories, you won’t want to look good any other way.
Each Giv Box is designed in collaboration with the artisans to bring you stylish on trend jewelry and instantly connect you to an inspiring story of doing good. By subscribing you are allowing artisans from all over the world to have a sustainable business as they create and produce the product inside your box and in return we pay them fair trade wages to enhance their way of living. We have created long lasting relationships with these artisans so they’re able to create and continue their businesses and we can help make a difference in their communities.