Oct 2, 2019
Marianna Sachse is the founder of
industry-changing line of durable, organic children’s clothes. That
in and of itself is awesome, but Marianna and Jackalo take their
purpose one step further by accepting all of their used clothes
back to be repaired and resold or responsibility recycled.
Jackalo’s innovation is reducing the environmental impact of the
children’s apparel sector and I can’t wait for you to hear
Marianna’s story and how Jackalo came to be!
2:16 – The Marianna 101
- Marianna founded Jackalo, a line
of durable and sustainable playwear for kids ages 4 to 14. Before
starting Jackalo in July of 2018, Marianna already had a career in
public health as well as many years of experience working in social
- Originally from Washington D.C.,
four years she moved to The Netherlands for her husband’s job. She
knew she wanted to get an idea of the ground at that time focusing
on the durability of children’s clothes.
- When she noticed that her oldest
son’s clothes weren’t lasting very long, she started researching
more durable clothing brands, but very few of them met her
standards on ethics and environmentalism. She saw an opportunity to
do it better and decided to start pursuing her idea of her own
- More specifically, she noticed
that her mom friends who had kids who were more sensitive needed
durable clothing that still felt good to the touch.
- Living in The Netherlands proved a
great location to build the foundation of her company. She lives
near hubs of the fashion industry and fabric
7:04 – Where Do You
- Trial and error seem to be a theme
when starting a business from scratch, and Marianna’s story is no
different. She started with a fabric trade show in Paris and walked
the floors with her business card just talking to
- Most of the vendors were not
prepared to help a startup business in a sustainable way because
they were looking to sell more fabric than a startup would need.
Marianna quickly learned that it wasn’t the right path.
- Instead, Marianna joined an online
group called Startup Fashion and found a mentor named Dana
Fried, who has helped many successful fashion companies and helped
Marianna carve her own path to a sustainable clothing business and
while proving to partners that her business would grow.
- Marianna did her own fabric
sourcing in order to have more control over quality and
sustainability. When she researched a little deeper, she often
found environmental certifications for fabric companies lacking
with the tougher fabrics.
- Marianna found a mill in Germany
that works with sustainable producers to raise cotton at the
highest level of organic certification while also using solar
energy and taking smaller fabric orders.
- Since Marianna knows how to sew,
knit, draw, etc., Marianna initially hired a freelancer for the
first garment and then studied taught herself how to do technical
15:18 – Purpose and
- When Marianna’s son was just four
months old, her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and
began palliative care.
- In the middle of her mother’s
illness, Marianna found out she was pregnant with her second son,
and a month-in-a-half into the pregnancy she found out she was in
the early stages of a “molar pregnancy.”
- In a season of loss, community
with women who understand is a powerful thing. Once Marianna told
her story, she realized it was important not only for her to share
for her own healing, but the healing of others as well.
- No matter what kind of loss you
experience, you don’t get over grief, you move on with it. It’s
important to experience grief together while understanding we all
experience it differently.
- This journey of grief taught
Marianna about the need to nurture her creative side. It made her
realize how central creativity is to her identity and decided to
set aside time and space for creating every day.
32:16 – The Future of
- Marianna's goal with Jackalo is to
find ways to reuse as much as possible for as long as
- Her research has shown that there
are plenty of sustainable, durable clothes to reuse with Infants
and toddlers, but the market is lacking in the same kinds of
clothes for older kids.
- Jackalo aims to sell clothes that
are so well made that they will last through a hand-me down phase
AND the second-hand market.
- Jackalo’s trade program allows
families to send back their used Jackalo clothing to be washed,
repaired, and resold. Marianna is now starting to receive hand me
downs back that only need to be washed and will upcycle any of
those that cannot be resold.
- Keeping second-hand clothes in the
US is also an important way to reduce the waste we send to places
that don’t want it and where it disrupts the local
38:18 – Getting To Know Our
- Find out what Marianna’s favorite
TV show when she was a kid, what cheesy song she has memorized,
what she’s reading, and of course what it means to her to run a
business with purpose.
Connect with Marianna
Marianna Sachse is the founder of
the triple bottom line enterprise https://hellojackalo.com/—an
industry-changing line of durable and organic children’s clothes
that accepts all of the used clothes back to be repaired and resold
or responsibly recycled, thus reducing reducing the environmental
impact of the children’s apparel sector. Prior to launching
Jackalo, Marianna spent nearly twenty years helping individuals and
communities improve their health and wellbeing. She worked with and
for such noted organizations as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
the Whitman Walker Clinic, the Aspen Institute, and the Federal
- Hello Jackalo