My friend and I co-founded Raine Collective in 2019 to provide local, Deaf female and non-binary artisans from all walks of life a platform to sell their handmade products and give back to the Deaf community. At our core, we are passionate about empowering Deaf female and non-binary artisans while hoping to grow to be able to change some lives while we are at it. Some of our big ideas include starting a foundation/charitable giving program focused on Deaf female and non-binary youth.
The name ‘Raine’ means queen, which is the central to our vision especially with our daughters being named Mia Lorainne and Rainey.
There are only a handful Deaf female owned businesses out there, which is the main reason this business was formed. We are currently focusing on local makers in Austin for now; however, we do hope to eventually expand and include Deaf artisans from across the country.