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.
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, though his outfit of choice remains a gray t-shirt and a pair of well-worn blue jeans.
Jeremiah Kimball, Operations Manager
As the head of operations, Jeremiah aids in the management and daily operation of Symbology Clothing. He oversees the expansion and development of the Symbology Clothing brand and is responsible for ensuring that business operations are efficient and effective, particularly those involving distribution of goods and services to customers and customer service. Prior to joining the Symbology team, Jeremiah worked for several years with Red Bull in several areas including local event creation and management, infrastructure and product distribution, and brand expansion. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering as well as from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a MS in the same field.