For WomenSpirit, 2014 marks 19 years in business. In 1994, Ellen Oak, a close friend, composer, liturgist, and choir director asked me to make her a costume for a one-woman show she was doing about Hildegard of Bingen. The costume prompted laudatory comments from several women ministers, who told Ellen they would like to have robes designed for women. Ready to get back in the work force after my two children began going to school, I began researching the women’s vestment market and soon concluded that an opportunity had presented itself. The fruit of that 1994 seed is an enduring business that has created wonderful vestments for you…and good jobs for our staff.
For those who are just finding us, welcome! Our pledge is to provide you with striking, well-made robes and other garments and to keep you coming back to WomenSpirit for years to come. We are proud of our products, and we stand behind them completely. We do not negotiate customer satisfaction; we guarantee it.
Since our modest start on the third floor of my home, we have grown considerably. Since 2000, we have operated out of a one-story building in North Kansas City, just outside downtown Kansas City, Missouri. We design all of our garments, and all are made in the United States. Most are made and finished at our workshop.
We remain a small company with a diverse and tightly knit group of employees, each of whom brings a strong dedication to the company and its mission. We have 12 associates, all women. That number increases during our peak time of the year. Our longest tenured associates are seamstresses Loretta Ortiz and Mai Doan, who have been with us the entire 19 years. Ann Suarez, my business partner, has been with us almost 14 years. I am grateful for their continuing dedication and hard work, which help keep us moving forward.
We made a big leap in 2010 and started a related company called Abiding Spirit. It is our fraternal branch, with well-designed robes and vestments for men. Please refer your male colleagues to it at
Our robes have three essential components: high quality, innovative design and great fit. Other companies copy our robes and blouses, but they neither fit as well nor match the quality. Our robes, we believe, help you project your special gifts and talents.
Please keep your suggestions and comments coming. You can e-mail us from our contact page or click here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks you for interest and patronage!