We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Sosa-Cardenas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
PeaTree’s mission centers around contributing to and working toward a better future for not just the community, but the world as a whole.
Our brand ideated from a need for representation of the Modern Family. I mean, everyone from our own Uncles, to our favorite entrepreneur and influencer, Desi Perkins is creating their families through modern science; using surrogacy and IVF. Everyone has their own personal reasons, whether it is an infertility journey or the obstacles same sex parents face for adoptions. Like our organic Rainbow onesie (one of my personal favorites), which was created to celebrate rainbow babies.
Creating a family is such a joyous occasion, we should celebrate the beauty that is a new life.
When our uncles announced that they were having a baby through surrogacy, we were elated to be able to throw them a baby shower. Through our party planning we encountered a lack of options for celebratory items and apparel that represented our family’s soon to be new addition. We had a new cousin to celebrate and saw a family that wasn’t being represented. “It’s the new millennium, how is this not more present in the marketplace?” And with that, PeaTree was born. PeaTree was founded on the idea that families are made through love & science, and all families deserve to be celebrated and represented.
We were raised with the core value to always leave a place better than you found it, whether that was our family campsite on a weekend trip, a family’s house we were visiting or simply the earth. This carried over to be a core value of our business which lead us to create 100% organic cotton onesies. Even our packaging is made from post-consumer materials. PeaTree is focused on sustainability so we can leave Mother Earth better than we found it for the next generation.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business was born from a deep rooted connection to family and community. I was raised to treat everyone with love and kindness. At PeaTree, we believe LOVE is LOVE, and that is what our designs are dedicated to representing. I love that the brand focuses on that core belief and celebrates my family’s example.
As an entrepreneur, I wear many hats, and at times I have to remind myself to stop and take a deep breath, be present in the moment, and enjoy the journey. PeaTree is definitely a labor of love, but also a daily reminder that I need my cup to be full to be able to help others and my community. You can’t fill from an empty cup. It has taught me deeper lessons on kindness to myself and how that transcends into the PeaTree Pod we are building.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Born and raised an Angeleno, I will forever be grateful for and in awe of the diversity we have here. Everything from an endless array of cuisine choices, to every desired climate (where else can you live and be 30 minutes from the beach, 45 minutes from the mountains, and hour from the desert), to city scapes for just about any mood. I love that I have lived here my whole life and have yet to experience EVERYTHING this city has to offer.
My favorite thing to do is show visitors “around town”; whether it be a hike in the Hollywood Hills, overlooking the city skyline, exploring the Arts District in Downtown LA, or simply Saturday morning coffee from Stereoscope in Echo Park and walking the fun shops in Silverlake.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My passion for a more inclusive world and dedication to PeaTree comes from the examples of both my grandmothers.
My Nana who always showed her love by making anyone who came in contact with her feel welcomed and like part of her family. There have been many late nights, creating content, packaging orders and just brainstorming how we can share PeaTree with the world, that her scent fills my room and I am reminded of her love and her open arms to community.
My Grandma Evelyn who was an example of strength and honesty. She always encouraged me to be myself and to never be afraid to speak up. I still hear her voice, encouraging me, pushing me forward in moments of uncertainty.
The strength and example I received from both these women, and the amazing daughters they raised; I wouldn’t be who or where I am if it wasn’t for the tribes they created.