There is nothing I love more than a product backed by a purpose. It’s a constant reminder that my passion for fashion and style can coexist with a cause. There are absolutely beautiful stories waiting to be shared and Melt Goods is one of them. Meredith Lockhart is the woman behind it all. She undoubtedly radiates passion for life and people. You can tell that Melt Goods is something special to her, and she has big dreams to change the lives of refugees not only in Dallas, but across the world.
The idea of Melt Goods was born in the fall of 2015. Meredith had been reading stories about the Syrian refugee crisis, which immediately created feelings of frustration and sadness. Unfortunately, Meredith noticed a lot of negativity towards the refugees, and felt that this was her chance to change that. Meredith has also always loved fashion and design. With her past experiences and jobs, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to mesh her two passions together all to better the community she called home. The company officially started in April of 2016, and as of now, Meredith works with two refugee women who help create and make all products for Melt Goods. Meredith has done everything from the website to the logo, with illustrations done by Frances Russell. She has been able to outsource very little as of now, but hopes to gain support and expand her products so that more opportunities can be given to other refugees.
The name Melt Goods comes from the act of melting down the pieces to create something beautiful as well as the melting pot of cultures and backgrounds that make up Melt Goods and everything it stands for. Meredith’s goal is to melt away oppressions of the past and empower and enable refugee families in the present and future. These people have experienced some of the worst this world has to offer, and Meredith views this as an opportunity to help them rebuild and heal. It doesn’t take much time spent with these people to see how much they have grown in just the short amount of time Melt Goods has existed. Meredith continues to see beauty come from stories of hurt and desire for something better.
She intentionally wanted to create a brand that was bright and cheerful because to her, Melt Goods is a celebration. Shockingly, less than 1% of those who flee their country are able to resettle into a safe, new home. Meredith gets to work with two incredible women who have, against all odds, beaten that statistic and have found a home here in the US. Her excitement for them and their accomplishments thus far is contagious. These refugee women have become family to Meredith, and she will stop at nothing to see these women bear the fruit of God’s love through the success of Melt Goods.
There are over 10,000 refugees just in the Dallas area, and behind every refugee, there is a family. Melt Goods can not only help create sustainability for these refugees, but give them hope to buy a house, send their children to college, and even create happy memories. Meredith is optimistic that Melt Goods can change the hearts and world of these families and those willing to come along for the journey. There is value and talent in these people. They are intelligent, kind, generous, and humble. There are so many waiting to be given a chance for love, hope, and a better life. Meredith has put her heart and soul into Melt Goods because she knows this is so much bigger than herself. This is for those who have survived oppression and pain and deserve the hope that we have been graced with everyday.