about amber collins
Hello. I am Amber Collins and I am the accidental CEO and Founder of cabine. Though I knew somewhere deep inside that I would someday create a community-based company with a mission to respect Mother Earth, I didn’t wake up one day deciding I would design jewelry.
But that’s what happened, and since cabine’s first days, it has been a way for me to explore nature and working with my hands, while consciously taking into consideration the way humans consume and create waste.
My background is a little unconventional and my early experiences have largely shaped my company philosophies. I was raised on an Indian Reservation in South Dakota before moving to California with an extraordinary reverence to the Earth, native culture, family and community. What I wanted my company to look and feel like existed well before I knew what product I would be making.
At 16, I started modeling and traveled to Tokyo and Paris, walking in my first Paris Fashion Week before even graduating high school. With a very successful and growing career in fashion, I found myself traveling the world and learning as I went.
A few years later, I became a mother. When my son was born, it changed everything. I was in the thick of a very successful fashion career and his birth freed me from my ego so fast. It was much needed and a time in my life I so treasure.
Becoming a mother influenced so many other things in my life, as well. I was increasingly struggling with the fast fashion mode of consumption and what it does to the Earth’s resources. One day I wrapped some sage, embellished it a bit, and cabine was born.
Since cabine’s inception in 2015, I have set aside a portion of the company’s proceeds to benefit Sacramento’s Mustard Seed School, a free, private school, serving homeless children ages 3-15, with the goal of preparing and enrolling them in public school. They provide a safe, nurturing environment, a positive learning experience, survival resources such as food, clothing and shelter, in addition to medical and dental screening, immunizations and counseling.
Thank you for your interest in cabine and for joining me on this journey.