You might remember Hey Girl Market from the q+a with founder Andreina we shared last year. Her business is based out of Costa Rica and provides sustainable work for women in their community and a way to market their craft. You can learn about how much they’ve grown and all they’ve done so far in that post. We recently got a chance to photograph two of their staple clutches, so you could see them in action on a night at the beach!
Happy New Year! We’re honored to be kicking off 2017 with a little Q+A from our collective member The Tote Project. The Tote Project’s fair trade bags are made in India by women who have journeyed out of the sex trade. We’ve been a big fan of their mission from the get-go, and we’re hoping that hearing founders Michelle + Fay talk about how they got started and what they’ve created inspires those of you looking to get involved with social change in the new year. Plus, I just really, really love hearing about how cool people start businesses. Who doesn’t? Now, onto the questions…
Hi friends! Apologies for the temporary hiatus! Today we’ve got the story of our featured member Tuli along with some photos we took of their gorgeous Florence necklace in Raspberry + bracelet, both made from recycled paper beads. When I first learned that Tuli’s artisans–women in Uganda–made the jewelry from recycled paper, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. Obviously, the eco-friendly materials and opportunity provided to the makers sounded incredible. But it wasn’t until I saw the pieces in person that I understood that this was a truly inspiring alternative to most fashion jewelry. This necklace was an INSTANT fave!
Have you seen our post about our favorite ethical shoe brands that we shared earlier this week? One that topped the list is our collective member Poppy Barley. They’re a Canada-based brand of shoes (they have both a men’s + women’s line, yay!) dedicated to beautiful, well-made, and super comfortable footwear.
Poppy Barley shoes are made in León, Mexico, where their factories are regularly screened for positive working conditions, which is something you can learn more about in their directory listing. Stay tuned for a separate listing all about their men’s line, and check out their latest lookbook below!
By now you’ve probably heard of fair trade brand Manos Zapotecas considering we’ve introduced them while sharing their fall 2016 lookbook, and included them in our latest gift guide (so cozy!). If you haven’t seen, Manos Zapotecas now officially has a home line, Casa, full of gorgeous handwoven textiles. Anyway, while in San Diego for Charity + Evan’s sendoff before moving back to the PNW, we made sure to stop by Sunset Cliffs for one last sunset, and of course to shoot two beautiful bags.
Over the weekend we had the chance to take some photos for Conscious Shop Collective member Manos Zapotecas. If you’ve checked out their profile in our ethical shopping directory you already know how gorgeous their fair trade bags handwoven by artisans furthering the Zapotec traditions are. Globally inspired goods are huge right now and people are so drawn to designs and patterns that reflect cultures like Oaxaca, Mexico and their rich pasts. I believe that if more consumers knew they could reach and support makers directly by opting for an authentic piece rather than a trend-influenced, mass produced product inspired by certain traditions, they’d choose that instead!
We’ll be doing a more in depth feature on MZ this fall, but we wanted to share their stunning fall 2016 lookbook as shot by Mikola Accuardi with you in the meantime.