Marissa Heyl, Founder & Creative-in-Chief
Anthropologist-turned-fashion maven Marissa Heyl fuses handmade artisan fabrics from developing countries with fashion-forward designs–or as she puts it, fair trade made sexy. Prior to founding Symbology, Heyl strategized with nonprofits on how to utilize multimedia platforms to promote positive change. She has worked with a multitude of artisan communities, thanks to her experience as a Duke Enterprising Leadership Fellow at Ten Thousand Villages. Heyl’s inspiration to start Symbology developed from her research as a 2006 Mahatma Gandhi Fellow, in which she researched how fair trade empowers craftswomen in India. She graduated from UNC with a dual BA in Journalism and Anthropology.
Megha Mathur, Director of Business Development
As the head of business development, Megha oversees strategy for growth and expansion of Symbology. She has served as a financial analyst at Audible, a digital audiobook company. Prior to her time at Audible, Megha spent a year launching a social enterprise providing an alternative distribution system for marginalized farmers in India. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BS in Business University of North Carolina.
Brian Adam, Director of Finance
Brian Adam earned a BA in cultural anthropology at the University of Arizona before moving to North Carolina, where he is currently completing MBA at Elon University. He has applied his newfangled financial, operational, and strategical acumen to Symbology. As its Director of Finance, his responsibilities include managing accounts, pricing and costing, managing the cash flow and keeping the supply chain in order. Beyond his duties, he has gained a newfound appreciation for stylish, responsibly produced women’s fashion.
Kaminiben, Lead Embroidery Designer
Kaminiben is a master craftswoman from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, who specializes in hand embroidery. She is the mother of a boy and girl who both plan to attend college with the help of her earnings. Kaminiben is a lead embroiderer at our partner organization, Gramshree. Gramshree is based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, providing trainings and employment for hundreds of disadvantaged women.
Asha Chhipa, Lead Block Printer
Asha (right) was worn in Bagru, Rajasthan. Asha and has been excelling at the art of block printing for over a decade. She is a mother of four, who you can often catch laughing it up. Asha loves to cook and party with her friends and family!
Raniben, Lead Applique Designer
Raniben is the master applique designer at our partner organization, Gramshree. Gramshree is based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, providing trainings and employment for hundreds of disadvantaged women.