Updated: Jan 6
Here we are with our first ever blog post. Welcome! First of all, thank you for taking the time out of your day to have made it even this far. A blog is an idea we’ve played around with for quite some time now, so we figured, why not use the New Year as an excuse to get things going?
First off, why have we decided to start this new blog under the new name The Locals? For almost five years, we’ve operated as Mapsosupply. The only reason we’ve made it to five years is because of our community, our namesake, MAPSO (for those of you who don’t know, MAPSO stands for Maplewood/South Orange, New Jersey). We’ve made it this far because of the support of our friends, peers, and neighbors; because of the pride that comes from living here, and because of the kind and talented people we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. We ourselves are locals, the majority of our customers are locals, and the people and organizations we work with are locals.
In the long term, though, our goal is to take what we’ve built locally and create a community that transcends the borders of MAPSO, building off of what makes it special. A huge part of this for us will be supporting and collaborating with those who, like us, are trying to leave their mark and do their own thing in their own communities. The Locals will serve as a space for us to highlight, talk to, and work with people like this, and for us to discuss our own products, experiences, and projects.
We are thrilled to be working hard on a few projects with people like Austin Romanaux, the incredibly talented and creative artist, and Phoebe Joseph (Pojo), the bright mind behind Models That Eat. Her platform “utilizes mixed media to share models' and public figures' personalities and stories, all over the comfort of food,” and facilitates a discussion about body image and wellness. These two are making a splash, doing their thing (doing it well), and they embody exactly the type of people we are driven to bring together.
In terms of our own product offering, we are working on a couple of initiatives that will address some pain points for us and the clothing industry as a whole. Sustainability is something we’ve been thinking about for a while now. In an effort to be less wasteful, we are making it a goal to source recycled and thrifted blanks instead of purchasing new ones. Mindful production and sustainable practices will be a priority going forward. From a consumer standpoint, we hope to combat impulse buying, fast-fashion, and trend following by offering a product with a story, a purpose, and a meaning.
Thank you for following us on this journey-- without you, we would have given up a long time ago. This is a constant learning curve for us, a constant effort to do better, and we appreciate your continuing support more than you know.