Finding a higher purpose in retail

Altar’d State, coming to The Westchester Sept. 5, offers charming, affordable fashions for the millennial set but with a goal of giving back to others.

Altar’d State — which is set to open in The Westchester in White Plains Sept. 5 — is a group of 119 stores, founded in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2009, that offer boho fashions for the younger crowd while also making a philanthropic mark. Recently, a company representative responded to a few questions from us: 

What does Altar’d State offer? 

“Altar’d State offers a place of respite and a distinctive shopping experience with the latest fashion finds, the most sought-after accessories, charming home décor and gifts in over 100 boutiques throughout the Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic, West and Northeast regions.”

But it also has a mission beyond retail, correct?

“Altar’d State seeks to inspire through action and supports a mission of standing out for good in the world. From day one, Altar’d State has pioneered connecting retail with goodwill through efforts ranging from donations in local communities, offering a generous volunteer program for employees and funding child-focused, global initiatives that support social development efforts in underserved areas in Peru. Altar’d State is a globally minded company that is dedicated to creating not only a unique retail environment that is inspiring and uplifting, but also giving back to the world around us through philanthropic efforts of every kind.” 

How did it all start?

“The first store came about when Aaron Walters and Brian Mason met while working for a large clothing chain in Knoxville, Tennessee. The two worked to successfully reawaken a struggling division and formed a strong partnership along the way. A downturned economy in 2008 began to cause concern in the retail industry. In January of 2009, the two learned their employer would be filing for bankruptcy and began talking about ways they could continue working together. They explored many options and eventually went their separate ways. Spring of 2009 sent Aaron and Brian to Bentonville, Arkansas, to develop the strategy for their new vision. In a small coffee shop, they sat down and wrote a business plan for a company with a mission of giving back by offering a shopping experience like no other. Altar’d State was born.”

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