Tameka Peoples, founder, CEO and managing director of Ad&M Apparel, a Seed2Shirt initiative.
Tameka is the Owner/CEO of ABF Precision Consultants, a consultant firm that changed the face of precision results for clients in the government space and cyberspace sector. Managing director and succeeding in a mission vision, establishing company values and leading, served her well in the military and post-military in her firm. Tameka knows this and has done the work of leading her company to great levels of success. She’s taken her company from a small scale independent consulting firm to supporting Omni-bus multiyear multi-million dollar federal contracts with global giants such as AT&T. She didn’t just stop at “solo” accomplishments and profits. It was always more than just about “profits, it was about purpose and people. She is also, the visionary Founder-Board of Director President of Peoples Foundation. Taking what she earned and learned in the business world and helping her community and fellow veterans’, continuing to serve in a more direct way. She practice’s what she preaches and believes, we have to be the change we want to see in this world. She aimed to change the impact a small business can have in the consulting space and on their community social impact sector. Read more about Tameka in the letter from our founder!
African-Americans today had great patriarchs who came before us and
paved the way, they were considered leaders and visionaries, they lived
in treacherous times. Yet, had the foresight, courage, and fortitude to lay
the foundation for which we all owe a great homage to. Our forefathers
and mothers stories are some you may never know or hear about, yet
“Historical Landmarks” are erected in their honor.
The rich industry of American cotton, the commodity that built an
empire, is one of the stories of enslaved bodies… toiling away in fields
and mills for the industry giants, some of which are still in business
Warren C. Coleman, was one of the stories whom you’ve probably never
heard much about. Mr. Coleman, during the height of the “Antebellum
South” forged a path of production, group economics, and educational
foundation that could’ve lasted the test of time. He built, to date, the first
and only black-owned and operated textile factories in the US. It was a
place where African-American farmers and seamstress alike could take
their skills and yields to produce everyday products such as linens,
dresses, and shirts.
IN 1904 THAT ENDED, THE DOOR THAT OPENED, FULL OF POSSIBILITIES,
IN THE HALLS OF THE COLEMAN TEXTILE FACTORY CLOSED
OVER 100 YEARS AGO, AND TEXTILE PRODUCTION IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SILENT EVER SINCE . . .
On the Shoulders of Our Ancestors We Will Rise
The textile production industry has changed a lot since 1904, there are still
industry giants abound, cotton is still king. Yet, production has been
predominately off-shore, each portion of the industry divided into key
segments, and the rise of print-on-demand, fast fashion products are at the
top of value-added chain.
Yes, you guessed it, there are still NO African-American owned manufacturing and production centers within any of the larger segments the apparel industry to include Cut &Sew facilities. Print shops are a keen area of focus for African-American owners and brand leaders. At best there are brands abound, yet with no real connection to the sourcing behind the product…i.e. the cotton and seamstress. Silent but not forgotten…a smoldering flame ignited the fire of a leader and true visionary with the courage to take the pieces and make whole again the era of Production in the African American community. A first of its kind, African-American woman-owned Cut & Sew apparel manufacturing facility in the U.S- with an apparel line. A vertically integrated business model that focuses on the connection to the source of production just as Mr. Coleman envisioned. An apparel line, suited for fast fashion/brand and print shop needs, to include print-on-demand. We specifically focus on sourcing fair-trade organic cotton from underserved cotton farmers.
Seed2Shirt is more than just a T-shirt, we are the fuel behind your brand and we are the reality of our ancestors’ dreams, hard work, and the sacrifices they made. We have a responsibility to take what they built and make it a reality with today’s tools and resources our ingenuity. We are much more than a T-shirt brand we’re legacies living reality.