Colorado-based business HeadPeace checks every box; it’s fashionable, functional and philanthropic. In 2016, HeadPeace’s founder and owner, Lindsay Theken, decided to make her own headbands when the market didn’t have what she was looking for. The accessory is made to absorb sweat, maintain messy hair and keep ears warm. This makes it the perfect addition to any workout fit, whether you’re doing yoga or hitting the trails. This product is available in over a dozen lively prints, which can also be found on hats and gators if headbands aren’t your thing.
While HeadPeace is both stylish and functional, it’s the philanthropy behind the business that truly sets it apart from others on the market. From the beginning, Theken knew she wanted to find a manufacturer for her product that was committed to operating in an ethical and socially-responsible way, while also offering a product that met her high-quality standards. After a seemingly fruitless search to find the right partner, Theken decided to put her project on hold. Just weeks later, however, Theken experienced what she now calls her “divine coincidence.” During her daughter’s gymnastics practice, Theken ended up conversing with another mom. As it turned out, the mom’s family lives in Nepal where they own a fair-trade, ethical manufacturing company called Purnaa.
Purnaa is a business that helps women coming out of slavery and sex-trafficking situations by providing them with employment opportunities. Per Purnaa’s 2021 impact report, the business supports 328 people with salaries, has awarded scholarships to 65 children and helps adults further their education and receive valuable training. “I know them personally,” Theken states about why she chose Purnaa, “so I feel really good about helping them do what they do.” The story of this partnership is representative of HeadPeace’s mission: To provide quality, stylish headwear that is ethically made — helping to make the world a better place, on piece at a time.
HeadPeace ware can be purchased at headpeaceheadbands.com.
Photos courtesy of HeadPeace.
Originally published in Winter + Spring 2022-23 issue.