Letter from the Founder and Owner
Early in my life, people told me that I wasn’t enough. I wasn’t smart enough. I came from the ‘wrong’ part of town. I was too dark. I wasn't qualified. “People like you don’t do things like this.” I created an unhealthy tendency to compare myself to those whom I deemed were “enough.” Once I entered college, I finally said – ENOUGH! I remember competing at a track meet, and I was performing miserably (I was a long and triple jumper). See - one of the top ranked jumpers was at the meet and I began to compare myself to him. I began to question my preparation, strategy, and form. The combination of endorphins and my tendency to lean into discomfort caused a paradigm shift. I realized that continually comparing myself to others was only going to be a distraction. I came in first place, and I used my newfound viewpoint to change my life for the better gradually. From then on, I was better equipped to identify the unfruitful habit of comparing myself to others.
I finished my bachelor's degree and followed that degree with a master's and doctoral degree. I fought for what I wanted. Sometimes, it was scary, but during those times, I dug deeper and fought some more. I now work in higher ed, where comparison culture impacts students (and professionals). Unfortunately, it does not stop there. My friends and family fall prey to the comparison culture, and guess what, I backslide from time to time.
I launched For Chambers because I wanted to combine my love for fashion, honest dialogue, and giving. The clothing that you wear is an extension of you. And - the words that you say, speak power over your life and the lives of others. I believe that wholeheartedly. We have designed apparel that boasts powerful phrases that counteract the notion of comparing yourself to others. Your journey is your journey! Now, this is not a "me, me, all about me" brand. Instead, this is a self-love brand as a necessary component for you to genuinely celebrate the success of others. That's why we give a portion of sales to education organizations that support underserved communities. So, as I embark on this next chapter of my life, I am sure I will hear all the reasons why this won’t work, but, oh, I know all the reasons why it will!
Thank you for visiting our website and shopping with us. Remember - we are journey-based, love-based, and comparison free. I hope that you will join the family!
With love and appreciation,