From My Eyes: One Year at H&L

Words by Kimiko Mainprize, Former Holl & Lane Assistant Editor Image by Genesis Geiger

As I look back at the past year at Holl & Lane, I often think back to its initial creation. I am one of the lucky few who have been a part of its story from the very beginning. I can still remember the first time I learned about Holl & Lane… before it was even called that, actually. Sarah had created a bloggers community group on Facebook, I joined, and saw that she had reached out to the group looking for contributors to her new digital magazine. I thought, “What the heck?”, and threw my name in the ring, and I have been a part of H&L ever since.

The past year has been a crazy ride - starting as a contributor, joining the team as an Editorial Assistant, and moving quickly to become Assistant Editor, I could have never imagined where this journey would take me. This has been one of the most beautiful parts of my life, filled with learning and love, at a time that I needed it the most.

One of the best parts of H&L is of course the beautiful community it has created and the #HandLTribe that I have been so blessed to be a part of. Working with such a talented team of women has not only inspired me in my professional life, but my personal life as well. I’ve loved the opportunity to reach out and build the H&L family, to see this little dream grow into a business, and meet so many incredible talents around the world. And now look – our first printed issue – what an incredible accomplishment! Not to mention all of the incredible talent we have on the team: crafters, writers, editors, stylists, social media mavens, entrepreneurs, #ladyboss’… it’s an incredible mix of strong and independent woman who strive to create a safe space for those who need it.

Of course, it can be difficult working as part of a satellite team. We are all spread out across North America (well, I am the only Canadian), so timing skype calls and emails could be a bit tricky. And of course, the number of unpaid hours of blood, sweat, and tears that this magazine has manifested is incalculable, but I can tell you that it has been more than worth it… because at the end of the day, our dream is to see this little tugboat succeed.

Recently, I had to make the tough decision to step away from Holl & Lane, right as we are celebrating our first year and first official print issue. I am so thankful for being a part of this incredible journey and I can only imagine where Sarah and the team will take this into the future. I have made some incredible friends along the way, and I am so happy that they are such a big part of my life and will continue to spread the Holl & Lane legacy.

If I could have one wish for this wonderful little company, it’s that the heart of the magazine always remains as big and all encompassing, and that you, our readers, always feel like we are your home.

Happy One Year Holl & Lane – to many, many more!