Homespun 2.0

The corporate name is “Remarkable Results, Inc.” Sounds like your basic Silicon Valley startup. It is, however, nothing of the kind:

A new clothing brand may be born out of the Texas raid on a polygamous sect.

FLDS women for the first time are offering their handmade, distinctive style of children’s clothes to the public through the Web site fldsdress.com. Launched initially to provide Texas authorities with clothing for FLDS children in custody, the online store now is aimed at helping their mothers earn a living.

The venture, which has already drawn queries from throughout the U.S., is banking on interest in modest clothes, curiosity and charity to be a success. “We don’t know what to expect on demand but we have had a flood of interest,” said Maggie Jessop, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. “Our motive is not to flaunt ourselves or our religion before the world. We have to make a living the same as everyone does.”

The clothing is pricey — it’s handmade, after all — and conforms to LDS scriptural references such as this (Doctrine and Covenants 42:40):

And again, thou shalt not be proud in thy heart; let all thy garments be plain, and their beauty of the work of thine own hands.

Says Kathleen Fasanella of Fashion-Incubator:

I wish them all the best. I’d send them a book if they’d think it’d help. They certainly have the patterns down and they’ve got the workforce. What an exciting experiment to witness: barn raising a manufacturing company overnight. I wish I were closer and had an invite.

And who knows? This may turn out to be the Next Modestly-Big Thing.





3 comments

  1. Dan B »

    6 July 2008 · 11:45 pm

    Great, just what we need, people buying crap from a cult that promotes child rape.

  2. Tatyana »

    7 July 2008 · 6:58 am

    the clothes are horrible. And those kids on the front page look like they are already institutionalized. Same white and blue color, all the dresses cut like nightgowns.
    if they want to earn money by sawing, why not produce what the market wants, not what their religion demands? thankfully, the whole world is not a member of their cult

  3. CGHill »

    7 July 2008 · 7:15 pm

    If they’re managing to sell any of these garments, then surely at least some of the market wants them.

    It’s not a group I’d feel particularly comfortable with myself; on the other hand, I’m definitely a fan of being self-sufficient, especially if you can do it without ever having to say “You want fries with that?”

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