On the surface, northern San Antonio’s Evolve boutique may look like just another trendy clothing store. Its owner admits that Evolve is a “girly store,” featuring fashions that follow the latest trends. But a closer look finds there’s something more beneath the surface.
Founder Victoria Santoscoy, BBA ’09, sells apparel and accessories following the fair trade model she learned about at Baylor. As a business major, Santoscoy took a course called “Poverty in Waco” from Dr. Jimmy Dorrell, BA ’72, MA ’93, that taught about the idea of fair trade — typically, using business to help impoverished people improve their standard of living by providing a market in which they can sell their products at a fair price.
Evolve’s merchandise comes from all over the world, including from people in Africa and the Far East as well as local San Antonio residents. Santoscoy told NSIDE San Antonio that she envisions the store as one ”that could be a part of the community – a place you would gladly call a neighbor,” and she takes pride in being able to use her gifts and her degree to give back.
Sic ’em, Victoria!
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