I am Henry, Co-Owner of Synergy Organic Clothing. My wife Kate started Synergy with the philosophy of giving back to the earth. As co-owners, Kate and I are always thinking of ways to make a positive impact by: following fair trade guidelines, using organic materials, and donating to progressive social justice organizations. This philosophy partly came out of my history of tabling for Greenpeace at rock and roll shows and with helping to found the touring division of Phish’s Waterwheel Foundation.
Our love of music, travel and the environment motivated me to help start the Waterwheel Foundation. We set Waterwheel up to chose non-profit organizations from a large sphere of needs, including: social services benefitting women and children, environmental organizations with a focus on clean water and land conservation, as well as food banks, and urban gardening. Thanks to the generosity of the (Phish’s) fans, since its creation, WaterWheel’s Touring Division has donated over $1,000,000 to more than 425 groups. I used to love going city to city and seeing all the progressive people and I wanted to help them. My love of giving back to people, and enjoying great music has carried over to my work at Synergy.[caption id="attachment_547" align="alignnone" width="600"] co-Waterwheel touring division founder and Henry's mentor Michael Hayes (guy on top of pyramid)[/caption]
Kate and I and met at a Phish show in 1997 right before Waterwheel went on the road, but, Synergy, Kate, and I actually came out of the Grateful Dead scene. Synergy was first sold over 20 years ago in a Grateful Dead parking lot in December 1993. From there Kate went on to sell her clothing at local farmers markets, California music festivals, and street fairs. Synergy then moved into wholesale trade shows which brought our clothing to retail stores around the United States. Synergy now sells its clothing at 150 events a year including Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra Music Festival, Austin City Limits, Floyd Fest and many many more. Synergy also works with the Waterwheel Foundation by continuing to promote its causes, donating gift certificates, and helping to design some of their clothing.
Today our family continues to travel the world. We continue to be inspired by the people making our clothing in Nepal. We work hard to support them and their families. Synergy continues to donate to non-profits working on similar campaigns to the Waterwheel Foundation. Please check out synergyclothing.com/fundraising/ to see all the groups Synergy has donated to recently. We have giving money to plant organic fruit trees at our kids school. We donate money to all the schools in our area and we give money to as many progressive organizations as we can.[caption id="attachment_536" align="alignnone" width="600"] The whole phamily at Machu Picchu, 2014[/caption]
We are eternally grateful to out loyal customers and fans, who afford us the ability to carry out our dreams and help the causes we believe in!
Henry is Co-owner of Synergy Organic Clothing, husband to Kate Fisher, and father to Zoe + Zach
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