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SALT OF THE EARTH CO. On departing Peru after an Eat, Pray, Love–style trip in 2011, Jason Kaplan ’06 wedged something unexpected into his luggage: Ziploc bags packed full of pink salt, the gift of a couple working at the Salinas de Maras salt pans outside Cusco. Their generosity moved him to source salt he could import, and thus was born Salt of the Earth Co., which sends back a portion of the profits to the community. “There’s a textural element to this salt,” said Kaplan, a geology major who is now a lawyer for renewable energy. “It’s more crystalline, with more of a crunchy texture, than flaky.” saltoftheearthco.com; $6.50–$12

BEMBIEN. Since Yi-Mei Truxes ’08 launched her company in February, her intricate straw bags, handwoven by artisans in Vietnam and Bali, have attracted nonstop press. “There are amazing artisans around the world who are not on the global stage,” said Truxes, who spent nearly six years in marketing at Vogue before recently opening the NYC office for mega fashion photographer Mario Testino. “I can use my experience in both business and fashion to bring their craft to a larger market and bring awareness to the incredible work they do,” said Truxes. She also packs 10 percent of Bembien proceeds off to Nest, a nonprofit that supports the business goals of artisans and homeworkers globally. Bembien.com; $65–$220 Worldly: The company name is Truxes’s mash-up of the Portuguese bem and the French bien for the word “good.”

Sweet & salty: Kaplan’s company also flavors small-batch chocolate from makers like Woodstock’s Fruition and Brooklyn’s Raaka.

“WHETHER IT BE NEWLY DISCOVERED BRANDS LIKE BEMBIEN OR CULT CLASSICS LIKE CHANEL, IT'S SAFE TO SAY THESE HANDBAGS HAVE OFFICIALLY BLOWN UP.” —Who What Wear, April 2017

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Autumn Scene 2017  
Autumn Scene 2017  

The Scene is published by Colgate University four times a year — in autumn, winter, spring, and summer.