The STATE Mission: To make beautiful, well-made, inclusively cool product while using the power of business to give back and shift narratives around social injustices.
For every STATE bag purchased, STATE supports American children and families in need ... in the way they need it most - whether it be donating fully-stocked backpacks, funding special projects through partner charities, or shedding light around social inequalities on our #WhatDoWeTellTheKids platform.
STATE Bags is proud to be a Benefit Corporation, accompanied by fellow companies creating public significance by having a material, positive impact on society.
THE STORY OF STATE
THE STORY OF STATE
STATE began as a partnership between husband and wife team, Scot and Jacq Tatelman. The Brooklyn-based social entrepreneurs have always had a unique sense of style, but their hearts have always been with kids growing up in America's most overlooked communities.
In 2009, they founded Camp Power - a one-week fully-funded non-profit summer camp that has supported thousands of children from the country's most underfunded neighborhoods. After watching kids carrying their possessions in ripped trash bags, Scot and Jacq formed STATE Bags - a for-profit brand with a non-profit pedigree that promises to not only deliver much needed supplies, but to also use STATE's platform to level the playing field for kids and families in need across the US. And to always have their backs.
Scot and Jacq live in Brooklyn with their two children, and their dog Pokey.
Bag drops are where the real impact is made. Our team of “PackMen” and “PackWomen” lead motivational rallies that leave participating kids with a renewed spirit and belief in themselves (not to mention brand new STATE backpacks).
“ The things that you think make you less than, are actually valuable because you have a point of view that others don’t have.
"Unpatriotic." "Disrespectful to our troops." "A 3rd string quarterback that just wanted some attention again..." is the recent narrative around Colin Kaepernick. But what’s gotten lost in the conversation is his intention behind it all. So, how are coaches in neighborhoods most impacted by the issues Kaepernick has brought to light talking to their players and navigating these challenging times?
What do we tell the thousands of kids in Flint, Michigan who have been overlooked and marginalized simply because of their zip codes? This project highlights Flint's unsung superheroes who are pushing through the negativity swirling around their city, working to ensure that Flint's kids can just be kids.
America, the land of the free, has earned a disturbing distinction - the world’s leading jailer. Among the swelling number of incarcerated men and women is a vast number of parents, leaving a devastating, long-lasting toll on kids, families, communities, and ultimately all of us. This #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project aims to spark empathy and compassion and shift harmful narratives around this important issue.
Recent violence in Chicago has created a narrative draped in negativity. Despite all of this, kids in these communities are pushing through and blocking out the noise. Watch our #WhatDoWeTellTheKids short film and meet just a few of them.