What if you could combine giving back and
empowering women with shopping for clothes
and accessories? Here in the Northwest, you can.
Purpose Boutique in Kirkland (and Bremerton)
has a powerful mission to outfit local women in beautiful,
accessible clothing while donating 10% of net proceeds to
fight human trafficking. They also partner with socially-conscious companies that empower and employ women.
CEO Christie Johnson is living her passion. She is able
to offer an excellent shopping experience while helping
women. “We care more about people” is her bottom line.
“Our favorite thing is taking the style experience and making
it both fun and purposeful.” And fun it is in their new
Kirkland location. The clothing is more than just appealing—it’s the perfect mix of trending fashion and universal
styles that stand the test of time. The pricing is tempting as
well—the price point was carefully crafted to engage all
shoppers without breaking the bank.
The store is more than the products within—one of the
biggest draws is the exceptional personalized service. As
Kirkland store manager Bri Welk puts it, “We’re engaging on
a basic level. It only takes one interaction to build trust.” It’s
easy to trust yourself in the incredibly capable hands of the
personal stylists that work at Purpose Boutique. They stay
educated and challenged, and are always ready to shape an
outfit or wardrobe. It’s a complimentary perk to the already
On February 12, 2015, Purpose Boutique introduced a
Purpose brand dress line geared toward empowerment. They
partnered with a socially conscious manufacturer to produce
an affordable line of stylish dresses that fulfill all aspects of
their mission. COO Amy Witt said, “When you purchase a
Purpose dress, you are supporting the provision of dignified
work, living wages and a holistic support system of hope
to women who have escaped severe violence around the
world.” You can expect to pay between $58 and $72 for a
Purpose dress. They are available both in-store and online.
Purpose Boutique is challenging the fashion industry with
their bold model.
There’s no real downside to shopping at a boutique like
Purpose. Listening to Christie reminisce about her recent trip
to China to visit the women who work on the Starfish Project,
a line they carry, is uplifting. We can only hope to see our
own location in the North End—after all, what’s not to love
about shopping with a purpose?
122 Central Way, Kirkland
Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
(see website for Bremerton location)