Winning Car, Cash, and Counsel
CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College graduate Reed Gallant ’02, owner of an import fashion boutique called Roaming Republic, was named a winner in the Scion Motivate Contest, sponsored by Scion Motors to support young entrepreneurs in art, music, video and fashion. She was one of 50 semi-finalists chosen from a pool of 1,700 applicants to attend the Scion Motivate event in Santa Monica in mid March. Semi-finalists had access to advice from talented business professionals and attended workshops designed to help take their businesses to the next level. Ten finalists, including Gallant, were chosen to receive continued assistance from mentors, a $10,000 prize, and a new Scion.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Gallant majored in art at Washington College. She discovered her love of travel while studying abroad in Australia during her junior year. After a stint as an admissions recruiter for her alma mater, she gave in to her wanderlust, spending one year back in Australia and then several more traveling the globe. She now resides in Annapolis.
“Washington College was very instrumental in helping me discover my passions and showing me the paths needed to help attain them,” says Gallant, who highly recommends a semester or year abroad if possible. “If I hadn’t had that opportunity, I doubt I’d be so fortunate today.”
She started Roaming Republic last June, focusing on women’s accessories from all over the world. A supporter of Fair Trade practices, she hopes to establish her own collective of artisans abroad, working with them to design and develop a line of accessories. “My goal is to combine the traditions and heritage unique to their countries while keeping up with current fashion trends,” says Gallant.
According to publicity from Scion, the 10 winners will receive ongoing guidance over the next 12 months “to help them take their businesses to the next level.” Gallant plans to promote her business at festivals and events throughout the mid-Atlantic this summer, including the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo and two Baltimore events: the First Annual Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, and the three-day Privateer Festival in Fells Point.
In addition, Gallant and a colleague are starting a weekly art market called mARTket in the parking lot of 49 West Coffee House in Annapolis. It will operate every Sunday from mid-April through October. Learn more from her Web site: www.RoamingRepublic.com.