Photographed by  Le Zu Photography

Photographed by Le Zu Photography

CECE + TAME was founded by Arrica Afton, a born Houstonian.

“ I wanted to create and build a safe place where those who have went through a traumatic experiences could learn to heal by expressing their creative talents.

Learning to overcome adversity several times in my life had a huge impact on who I was and my choices. At one time, they molded a certain version of me.

I always loved working in the arts, designing and creating. I think it was always very therapeutic for me and over the years I was able to turn my passion into a business that I could hand over to my daughter. “

 

CECE + TAME

 
PHOTOGRAPHED BY SOFIA EMM

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SOFIA EMM

It started out as a little personal healing project after my daughter’s recovery began from her burn accident. This event was very traumatic for our entire family. To this day, I am so amazed at her physical perserverance and the strength of children. There is something you learn from traumatic situations.

Sometimes our core must be shook in order to realign. I say the core because the core by definition, is: the central or most important part of something. This event would change me and how I lived life forever.

This is when CECE + TAME was launched, named after my children.

We spent the first year creating some pretty cool pieces. Our customers have been so supportive as we have grown and worked out all the little kinks of a "Creative Business". 

Now we use fashion to tap into and discuss the uncomfortable and avoided topics. Fashion is an international language; we knew everyone would want to channel into. So we decided it was the language we would use to bring awareness to subjects that cause trauma and life long effects.

I wanted to create a brand that was all about giving back, helping others and was going to represent me to the fullest. The most important thing about the brand is that we only use vintage or recycled textiles. We are very conscious of the fashion foot print. As we continue to grow our goal is to be able to produce all products here in the states and give the opportunity to women, and the displaced to be able to earn a living while they perfect their talent and skills.

We truly believe you rise by lifting others.