HLO - Who We Are and How We Got Here

December 26, 2018 2 min read

It all started with a pillow.

In 2000, Holy Lamb Organics began as a home-based, owner-operated, one-product business in Olympia, Washington. The original owner, searching for a small travel pillow to take on a backpacking trip, was disappointed with the quality she found in the marketplace. Certain she could create something better, she did just that. She sold her first travel pillows (an item we still offer today) at the local co-op, and a new bedding company was born.

The product line soon expanded to include comforters, mattress toppers, and more pillows, and HLO established its first dedicated production and operations facility in a converted school bus. We relocated to the historic Little Bit General Store in rural Oakville, Washington, in 2008, establishing a full production facility and our first showroom. Built in 1902, the original Little Bit served the local community for 85 years. We’re proud of that heritage and took care to renovate the building using sustainably harvested lumber and salvaged building materials. In 2018, we launched our flagship store in Olympia in the heart of downtown in the historic Steam Plant building.

From those humble beginnings, we’re proud to carry on a centuries-old tradition of making beautiful textile products by hand. The people who bring our products to life are a professional, enthusiastic, and diverse group of individuals. Our production staff are skilled craftspeople with an exceptional eye for detail, a dedication to quality, and an outstanding work ethic. Our customer service team brings a depth of expertise, empathy, and innovative problem-solving skills to every interaction. 

How we make our products is as important as what we make. From our supply chain to our manufacturing processes to our facilities management, nothing happens without considering the environmental impact. And our longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility means we're dedicated to fair labor practices, secure working conditions, diversity, and inclusion. Every item that goes out the door reflects our core values.

Wondering about our name? When the company was established, it was important to give it a name that reflected the care and values we wanted to share with our customers. In choosing Holy Lamb Organics, we honor the animals whose fleece enables us to create healthy natural bedding. The name conveys our reverence for the warmth and gentleness of the flocks who make our products possible.

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