Seek Collective is a brand of thoughtfully made items with a dedication to transparency, authenticity, craft, and sustainability. Seek is focused on establishing connections between art, product, consumers, process, and makers. Made in India through partnerships with like-minded communities and people, everyone who touches our brand shares the same values. We create clothing with the purpose of making people feel connected, creative, beautiful, relaxed, joyful, empowered and sophisticated. Every Seek Collective garment involves hand block printing, natural dyeing, handloom weaving, and/or hand embroidery. These processes truly embody the slow clothing movement, as many of these techniques take at least two months to complete even before stitching begins. Seek is a woman owned business and while our artisans include both women and men, we are proud that the final stitching is done with a women owned studio in Bangalore.
The name of the brand started with the word Seek. It’s such a powerful term and for us signifies searching in life; searching for meaning, for knowledge, for beauty, for new ways of doing things, for purpose, for community, for peace within, for expression, for connection, for understanding. Collective is representative of the communal effort required to create something, in this case a garment. Many people, all with distinctive skills and strengths, are required and involved in making something come to life at our brand. The growing of cotton, the spinning of yarn, the weaving of fabric, the printing of fabric, the dyeing of fabric, the cutting and stitching of fabric all goes into an item. It really is a communal and united effort.
To search for someone or something.
a group of people, working together with communal purpose.
What We Care About
We are dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility at every step of our supply chain. We produce through partnerships with natural dyers, hand block printers, hand loom weavers, and other environmentally sound vendors and suppliers.
We also believe in giving back while we do business. A tree is planted for each item purchased through our partnership with One Tree Planted. Additionally some of the organizations we have donated to so far are: Give India, ACLU, NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, IRC, National Bail Out, Fair Fight, Southern Poverty Law Center, Reclaim the Block, Color of Change, NBJC, and Black Women's Blueprint.
Where We Are
Seek Collective is designed in Berkeley, CA + Brooklyn, NY and ethically manufactured by artisan communities in India.
Who We Are
Carol Miltimore, Founder
After graduating from Parsons School of Design and interning for Michael Kors in New York City and the couture designer Anne Valerie Hash in Paris, Miltimore spent a decade working as a designer for the likes of Calvin Klein Jeans, Converse and Armani Exchange. While doing all that she became a certified yoga teacher, helped launch an urban roof farm, took many textile courses, and traveled to places like Tibet and Morocco where she met with various artisans.
Seek Collective began after she traveled solo to India with a one-way ticket for an artist residency and to visit craftspeople throughout the country. That initial trip was a wild ride but ultimately resulted in a mission to figure out a way to produce modern products authentically and transparently while working with traditional craft based communities. She went about creating a capsule of clothing produced differently than the industry standard; designing everything from the textiles to the clothing herself and working directly with all the various artisan groups.
She launched Seek Collective in 2014 while living in Brooklyn NY with frequent journeys to Seek each year. In 2019 she moved (both herself and the business) to the Berkeley, CA after dreaming of living in the Bay area for years. When not working on Seek, you can find her hiking with her dog Brisket and partner Chris or working in her garden with Monty Don aspirations.
We have a wonderful team of people who help make Seek operate day to day. Sean Cutrona is finance, Julia Fischer is operations, Brenna McDuffie is copy, and Hannah Theurer is digital marketing. In India Sonia Jain oversees block printing, Hemendra Sharma oversees the handloom weaving, Dr. Bosco oversees the natural dying, and Shivangi Musaddi oversees stitching. Together they are all an incredible group of people who believe in Seek's mission and know how to hustle!