Growing up in a household where her mother and five sisters all sewed, Eileen Mockus has been passionate about textiles from the very beginning. She pursued this calling at the University of California, Davis, where she earned a bachelor's of science in textile and clothing, and then received a master's of science in business administration, with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship, from San Francisco State University.
Mockus learned about entrepreneurship firsthand while developing new products for the North Face and Patagonia, and honed her business development and branding skills at Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen. Her years spent at these iconic companies allowed her to expand her deep knowledge of the technical side of the textile business, working in fabric development, materials testing, product development, and sourcing. During this time, Mockus's visits to manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia piqued her interest in organic cotton, and inspired her pursuit for better, cleaner textile-processing methods.
The challenge of making high-quality products in a way that is respectful to the people who make them, and the Earth we all share, drew Mockus to Coyuchi, and continues to guide her vision for the company as they grow. Eileen is the board chair of the Chetna Coalition — an ethical textile and fashion value chain community — which works to organize and align the demand of buyers and manufacturers to support the growth and development of Chetna’s Organic farming community. She also represents Coyuchi on the Fiber Council for the Organic Trade Organization and is an active member of the Textile Exchange.