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SPRING 2014 LOOKBOOK SOCIALLY-CONSCIOUS ETHICAL FASHION

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PURPLE HEART NECKLACE: $32 UPCYCLED SOUL NECKLACE: $45 UPCYCLED COBALT NECKLACE: $27


UPCYCLED POP NECKLACES

EACH NECKLACE KEEPS 1.5 SODA BOTTLES FROM CLUTTERING THE STREETS OF THE SLUM OF LA LIMONADA, TAKES 1.5 HOURS TO CREATE AND WITH OUR 10% GIVE BACK PROGRAM, PROVIDES 4 MEALS TO CHILDREN IN GUATEMALA.


MUSTARD SEED NECKLACE: $30 SPATE GOURD BANGLE: $ 28 JADE DIAMOND CLUTCH: $44 GUATEMALAN PRINT BALLET FLAT: $59


LEMONADE TOTE FEATURING HANDWOVEN FABRIC. CUT AND ASSEMBLED BY HAND IN THE SLUM OF LA LIMONADA, GUATEMALA.


MEET OTTO MASTER SHOEMAKER

OTTO GREW UP IN THE SLUM OF LA LIMONADA IN GUATEMALA CITY. HIS LIFE HAS BEEN FULL OF HARDSHIP BUT HIS RESILIANCE AND DETERMINATION TO RISE ABOVE HIS CIRCUMSTANCES IS AN INSPIRATION. HIS DREAM IS TO EMPLOY FORMER GANG MEMBERS IN HIS COMMUNITY WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE DIFFICULTY FINDING HONEST EMPLOYMENT IN ORDER TO LEAVE THE GANGS.

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GUATEMALAN PRINT BALLET FLAT HANDWOVEN FABRIC. HANDCRAFTED CONSTRUCTION. MADE BY OTTO IN GUATEMALA.

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UPCYCLED COBALT CLUSTER EARRINGS: $18 VIOLET SEED NECKLACE: $30 MAASAI IN WHITE NECKLACE: $32 GREY DIAMOND CLUTCH: $44 GREY DIAMOND BALLET FLATS: $63


MEET JUDITH

A MEMBER OF THE MAASAI TRIBE IN KENYA, JUDITH IS ONE MEMBER OF A WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS THAT CREATES BEADED JEWELRY, WHICH IS A CULTURAL ART FOR HER TRIBE. HER COMMUNITY BENEFFITED FROM A CLEAN WATER WELL THROUGH COME UNITY, ONE OF OUR NONPROFIT PARTNERS.


PURPLE HEART NECKLACE: $32 UPCYCLED SOUL NECKLACE: $45 UPCYCLED COBALT POP NECKLACE: $27 AQUA GEOMETRIC CLUTCH: $44 GREY DIAMOND BALLET FLAT: $63


COBALT PEEP BALLET FLAT

EACH PAIR OF OUR SHOES PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SLUM OF LA LIMONADA IN GUATEMALA CITY. LA LIMONADA IS THE LARGEST URBAN SLUM IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT COMMUNITIES IN THE WORLD.

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MUSTARD SEED NECKLACE: $30 UPCYCLED BLACK POP NECKLACE: $27 CELERY STRIPED SCARF: $57


VIOLET SEED NECKLACE

CRAFTED FROM SEEDS FROM A MREMBE BUSH, THIS GORGEOUS NECKLACE IS CRAFTED IN KENYA BY AT-RISK YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE LOOKING TO CREATE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES.


MEET ANNA

WITH A SMILE THAT WILL BRIGHTEN UP THE ROOM, ANNA IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE WEAVING GROUP THAT WE PARTNER WITH. SHE LEARNED THE ANCIENT ART OF BACKSTRAP WEAVING AT THE AGE OF 5 FROM HER MOTHER, WHO LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER, AND BACK THROUGH THE GENERATIONS. ANNA HAS CREATED THE FIRST OF SEVERAL OF OUR PATTERNS AND IS ALWAYS WILLING TO TAKE ON A NEW CHALLENGE.


HANDWOVEN FABRIC ONE METER OF FABRIC TAKES 10 HOURS TO WEAVE. IT TAKES 15 HOURS TO WEAVE A SINGLE SCARF.

GREY INFINITY SCARF: $57

AQUA GEOMETRIC CLUTCH: $44

“THIS FABRIC IS WOVEN WITH OUR TEARS AND OUR STORIES.” -JUANA, A WEAVING WOMAN IN GUATEMALA

LAGO TOTE BAG: $89


DUSTY CAYENNE BLOCKED SCARF EACH SCARF IS HANDWOVEN IN THE TRADITIONAL BACKSTRAP LOOMS OF GUATEMALA. EACH ONE PROVIDES 15 HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR A WOMAN AND GIVES 8 MEALS TO A CHILD IN THE SLUM OF LA LIMONADA.


DUSTY CAYENNE BALLET FLAT HAND EMBROIDERED DETAIL THAT TAKES 10 DAYS TO CREATE A SINGLE METER.

INCREDIBLE ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND AMAZING ARTISTRY.

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