Faith and design — it’s a rare mix but Perri Furbert is making it work. Her style site Gold, The Label offers fashion and lifestyle tips and a faith-based blog.
“The foundation of the brand is rooted in my faith,” the 26-year-old said. “With this, there is an understanding that not everyone that visits the site has a mutual belief system, but the undertones of empowerment, community and purpose will hopefully spread the love that my faith embodies.
“I want future customers of my design company to know this is the story, integrity and motive behind the brand.”
Ms Furbert launched her design company Gold, The Label about seven years ago. She is now a university student in Toronto, Canada, studying marketing; in 2015 she started blogging about her faith journey.
She gave her heart to Christ when she was eight, but strayed from her faith as she grew older.
In 2011, she turned her heart back over to the Lord — and has not looked back since.
“In the beginning, finding my way through the isolation of it was hard,” she said. “I feel every person who comes to Christ has to go through a period of aloneness because it’s almost like the shedding of that old life and there are a lot of people who just don’t understand the changes you’re going through.
“It’s short-lived for some, but it took longer for people in my life to catch on. People weren’t used to the changes, but now everyone expects it from me to be that friend and that person. It holds me to a higher standard, which I’m perfectly OK with.
“The rollercoaster was navigating who I am in Christ. He makes you anew by removing those old layers, but you are still you.
“You don’t have to wear a holy hat or feel like you have to be or become someone else. You are still you, but just a cleaned up and polished version of yourself — a glory reflector or an image bearer, as I like to call it.
“We have to remember as long as we are living we will make mistakes, but it isn’t perfection He’s after and He will always meet us exactly where we are.”
She enlisted a handful of writers to grow her blog’s reach: one is a new believer, another a new wife, the third is writing a book about single ladies.
The fourth contributor is not a Christian but speaks about the feminist movement and loving your body, which Ms Furbert felt lined up with God’s word in a broader sense.
“One of the goals of each post is to build a bridge, so to speak, that shows people they aren’t alone in any particular situation,” she said. “But like my faith, the ultimate underlying goal of every post is to win more souls for Christ and uplift people’s spirits.”
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SOURCE: The Royal Gazette