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Small Business Spotlight: PackPack

EECM’s SewForward is a cut and sew studio providing high quality small batch manufacturing, while providing job training and employment opportunities for people facing barriers in the workforce. Our studio works with local businesses in Pittsburgh. One such local business we have been working with is Brooke Lagrand’s PackPack.

PackPack produces durable kid packs designed to hold unique treasures and last throughout their childhood. PackPack recently introduced MatchMatch, a matching adult sized pack for caregivers!

Brooke and her family recently moved to Pittsburgh as it encapsulates an active crafting community, thousands of acres of green space, and the vibrancy of a big-city but small-town feel. PackPack “empowers [its users] to explore wonder in the world with packs that are beautifully + responsibly made. All of [their] products are sourced + crafted in the USA with dignified labor.”

PackPack adhering to their mission of sustainably sourced materials by working with local Pittsburgh businesses such as Commonwealth Press and EECM’s Sewforward Studio enables PackPack to produce durable, environmentally and kid-friendly alternatives to large corporation products.

EECM’s Sewing Program Manager, Sydney Hardiman explains that “every project we take on, helps us continue our job training in the sewing industry. We work to fight poverty while improving the local economy. This is manufacturing that supports both EECM and the community.”

To learn more about EECM’s Sewforward program and history, visit and to learn more about PackPack, visit

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