In November 2018, Drew Shaw launched Voyce Threads to create conversations around socially conscious apparel. Combining philanthropy, sustainability and fashion, Voyce Thread’ flagship product – mismatched socks – allows customers to have conversations that lead to meaningful actions. We caught up with Shaw, who gave us an inside look into how to support the local community. You can do the same on Saturday, August 13 from 5-10 p.m. at Best Fest.
What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest?
Attendees can expect a healthy dose of inspiration as they discover the products local nonprofits have inspired. They will be able to learn about how Voyce Threads establishes nonprofit partnerships, peruse our sock offerings, and maybe do some coloring in the process.
What are you most looking forward to about the event?
We are looking forward to connecting with the community and connecting them to our mission of social impact and sustainability – allowing them to fall in love with the place they live and hopefully Voyce Threads as well.
Shout out another Valley business that you admire and why.
Local First Arizona is an organization that has been so supportive to Voyce Threads and many other companies in Arizona. They truly walk the walk in terms of providing opportunities for small business and promoting diversity and equity.
Why do you think events like Best Fest are important for the local community?
Events like Best Fest are integral to the success of companies, especially small businesses, that thrive from in-person interactions with the local community.
What is your favorite thing about living and working in Phoenix and why?
Phoenix has so much to offer and more people from around the country recognize it. The weather, the proximity to various other places, and the cost of living are all huge draws for moving here. My favorite thing about working and living in Phoenix is the generosity of the business community. I do not think that my company would be where it is today if it wasn’t for the community of like-minded, community-focused businesses and entrepreneurs that exist here.
What advice would you give to upcoming business owners?
It is easy to get caught up in the world of immediate gratification when we frequently see stories of “overnight success” on social media. Consistency is the practice that will take you further than anything else. Consistency won’t often give you immediate results, but it will enable you to stick around long enough to see the opportunities that will move you forward. Keep going!