Kris Roby from House of Buxum shares a bit about her passion and the vision of this new brand!

One of LYDA’s newest retailers, House of Buxum, is a women led brand and retailer that provides women in various industries with workwear and lifestyle wear that fits and works as hard as they do! Kris Roby, founder, gives some insight into how House of Buxum got started and where the brand is going.
I’ve spent the past 16 years working in various trades. Oil and gas mostly. I ran my own mobile welding company for a few years before retiring my truck and moving to Vancouver.
When I moved to Vancouver I ended up landing a gig at a Hot Rod Shop called “Rusty Hookers Rats and Rods”, which pretty much changed my entire life! I am still currently working in the custom car industry, however for 2 different companies.  “Japhands Kustoms, and RWM &Co. “  Both located in the Vancouver Area.
I ended up meeting my business Partner Sarah at a fundraising event called “The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride”, in which Rusty Hookers sponsored.  I remember meeting her for the first time and honestly thought she disliked me. I can be super loud and excited about everything lol. She mentioned one night at one of our meetings, that she just made the shirt she was wearing, which instantly intrigued me as I have been sitting on the idea of creating women’s industrial work wear for over 6 years.  I spent probably the greater part of 16 years trying to find clothing that DIDN’T make me look and feel like a man, not to mention clothing that fit so I didn’t catch on fire every day lol.
So, when Sarah mentioned her designing her shirt, it instantly grabbed my attention. I called her up and asked her if she would be interested in listening to my business idea. After a few too many beers, we were set on our journey to launch our clothing line.
I spent roughly over a year working on our business plan when I realized there was a huge gap in retailers that sold specific work clothing for women. My business plan ended up evolving into a two part business.
Part one : Selling all of the brands currently making women’s work wear/lifestyle wear (There are a lot BTW)
Part 2: To create a house brand with all of the design ideas I have stock piled in my brain over the course of 6 years.
The more I work on the business, the more it grows into something bigger.
I realized that our brand was much more than just selling work wear to women. It was creating a safe environment for ALL womxn to feel safe and open to experiment with who they are and who they want to become. To feel confident and powerful in their skin.
I launched @TheModernTradeswomxn (HOB Blog/vlog) to provide information for women seeking help in the many various topics that envelop what it is to be a part of a male dominated profession. From Artists, to ranchers, to race car drivers and more…. The list is never ending. Basically, I wanted a place for women to come to, to find answers and support from other women who are burning negative bridges and breaking the status quo. Womxn, who have a fire inside of them and no where to go.
I realized after so many years in such a tough industry as oil and gas that it really made me change who I was just to survive up there.  The soft sides of being a woman were completely wiped from my conscious just to prove that I could be as fast and as strong and as GOOD as them. When I left the patch,  It took YEARS to come to terms with who I truly was.  The feminine side of who I was. I was so angry for so long because I wasn’t able to express who I was. Constantly being faced with adversity and judgement. I have learned so much just going through that transition and reflecting on my time in the trades. So, now it’s my turn to help and find a way to make things a little easier for the next generation following in my footsteps. Sometimes all it takes is a piece of clothing to make you feel like you belong in this world. I’m hoping that my company can help change women’s lives and give them the strength to conquer the adversity that holds a lot of us back.
Be sure to give this company a follow and check out their website to find multiple women’s workwear lifestyle brands!
   Business IG: @HouseofBuxum
   Blog IG: @TheModernTradeswomxn
   Personal IG : @reasonabledick
   Partner IG: @SarahTonin5h
Facebook : @houseofbuxum
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