Minawear was founded in 1998 by Mina Hegaard and her hemp activist brother Kenyon Gibson in Venice Beach California. Together they built the company to promote health, education, and the care of the planet. In 2007, the company was acquired by GeoMio, another Los Angeles based eco-fashion manufacturer.
Today Minawear is back in the hands of its namesake, and operating from Victoria, Texas. In this stage of the Minawear re-launch, Mina is doing the productions in China, where the hemp is grown.
China is our choice because this is the only place in the world that has the capabilities to grow, process, knit, cut, sew, dye and package the hemp with the least amount of carbon footprint. All phases of the operation are closely monitored for the high quality and fair practices that Minawear has always been known for.
For more information about hemp as a textile, Mina wrote the “Threads” chapter of Kenyon’s comprehensive hemp book, Hemp for Victory.
Kenyon resides in New York City, where he is a falcon artist, blogger and hemp activist.
Mina’s philosophy of keeping life simple, shines through the clothing.