Bringing a Simple Concept to Life
In 2012, I walked away from a really cool job in San Francisco and tried to make sense of what to do with my life. How do I combine my love for pretty things, the creative world, and my life-long ache to help children who have few people in their lives to love them? Can I really do something that merges these passions together?
While working with another female entrepreneur, the idea dawned on me that there are few gift options on the market that come from the heart ... at least for the modern woman like me who can't sew or knit! So for all the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, friends, daddies, grandfathers, co-workers, aunts, and cousins of the world who do not know one end of a sewing needle from the other, I developed the idea for Swell Forever®. Use your words, straight from your heart, whatever you want to say and leave loving words that linger for someone you cherish. Those precious words will be made a part of every gift we design.
It took several iterations of product ideas and prototypes to come up with the Forever Blanket®, our first collection of heirloom gifts. But in the end, I felt that a gift as simple as a one-of-a-kind blanket would represent warmth, comfort and security, something most customers would want for the one they love.
When you gift a Forever Blanket®, you are sending a wish someone's way for a Swell Forever. And a Swell Forever or "happy ever after" is my wish for the 100,000 children waiting to be adopted in the U.S. foster care system. You don't have to be a foster parent or an adoptive parent to contribute to my mission. Just share your heart with someone you love, take the chance to tell them how you feel and customize a Forever Blanket® for them. We will make sure another life is touched by your kind gesture.
Swell Forever® was founded by Atlanta native, Brooke Henze, in early 2014.
Brooke has been a champion for women entrepreneurs and served as one of the first Directors of Women in Entrepreneurship at The Fuqua School of Business where she graduated with an MBA from Duke University. A proud University of Georgia grad, she currently lives in Sandy Springs, GA with her husband, Kevin, and is a mom to daughters Isla Lane and Evey Lyn.
Brooke is influenced by a family of talented designers and entrepreneurs of the Southern variety. Born in a town known for its textile mills, she is committed to selling products Made in the USA. Since childhood, Brooke has been involved in a wide array of charitable activities aimed at helping children in foster care and in orphanages. She and her husband have volunteered as a host family for the Safe Families for Children movement to provide care to children whose families are facing crisis. When not working, Brooke is planning her next house renovation.
In 2015, Brooke was selected as a Top 10 Inspiring Mom by Gladys Magazine. Since its conception, Swell Forever has been featured by Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine, Simply Buckhead, PopSugar, Glamour.com, Better Homes and Garden, Phoenix Home and Garden, Cool Mom Picks, and a few more fun publications. Brooke was also selected by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) as a featured GMAT Career Spotlight Entrepreneur for MBA.com.