Hello there, and happy Tuesday. How is your week so far? I hope amazing! I’m amidst my instagram takeover with Tribe Alive and today as part of our collaboration, I’ve contributed a special Weekly Finds: Tribe Alive Edition post to their blog which includes some of my favorite ethical brands, and my latest picks from them. In this day and age, there is no excuse for not being a conscious consumer and making responsible purchases. While style is an extension of who we are and a vehicle of self-expression, how we represent ourselves goes way deeper then our aesthetic. Style from the inside out begins with understanding the culture, processes, policies and practices of the brands we choose to invest in. That said, head on over to Tribe Alive to read a bit more about all this, and to shop the above finds!
I don’t usually make two style posts (of myself) in the same week, but then there was this Tribe Alive clutch that arrived in the mail from my friend & co-founder Carly, and it quickly became a no brainer. Because seriously you guys, it’s that good. You may remember Tribe Alive from a few weeks back when I introduced the emerging, do-good, lifestyle brand in part 1 (of a part 2 spotlight series). While I’ve had a sneak peek of the goods via line-sheets, sketches and photos, and always knew that it was going to be epic, the real deal in-person is even better. Tribe Alive is on fire with their crowd-funding Tilt Campaign, climbing up to their goal in record time and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for their second collection. Have you made your donation yet? Help build a brand that empowers women in developing countries. Details here in case you missed it.
This amazing oversize clutch, was handwoven by Guatemalan artisans in San Juan de Laguna through a process called Backstrap Loom Weaving. While the design is rooted in culture and craft, I’ve styled it with a bohemian-edgy sensibility – tradition meets streetstyle. I can’t deny loving the fashionable aspect of it, but what’s more important to me is the ethical component, and how this clutch was created with purpose and meaning. The appreciation lies greatly it its story of a woman weaving fabric together by hand, in order to support her family and give them a better life. I am supremely proud to wear it for this reason most. It is available for preorder through the Tilt Campaign, and the online shop will open on November 1st.
The rest of my ensemble includes a favorite summer cover-up (transformed to daytime maxi dress) paired with a moto jacket, gold hammered choker and booties, keeping things transitional like discussed in styling tip #4 from Monday’s post!
Not just any old pair of sandals, the ones featured in this post by Sseko Designs, are giving marginalized women in East Africa the opportunity to gain a higher education. Sseko Designs is a socially responsible and “ethical fashion brand based in Uganda”, that produces handmade and locally sourced goods. Founded by Liz Forkin Bohannon, whose mission is to help women create a sustainable life for themselves, the company works towards ending the cycle of poverty and creating a more equitable society. The women are employed for fair wages, compensated appropriately and 50% of their earnings are put away for university. Sseko then grants scholarships that match up to 100% of the savings each woman has made during her 9 month session. Strong women, who dream of a bigger and brighter future, all that’s needed is an opportunity. A chance. To date, Sseko has enabled 47 women to continue on to university. In addition to the education itself, women like Sofia, whose odds were against her, says Sskeo“ has empowered me, has made me realize that I am a person in this world, a girl with big dreams in the future, a girl ready to change Uganda, my country, and become somebody powerful.” You can read more stories from women like Sofia here.
I not only love the authenticity of these sandals, but believe in the stories behind them. When I received mine, I immediately felt connected to a greater purpose. The base of the shoe, the ribbon to tie around my ankle – I felt incredibly moved by the fact that the materials had passed through the hands of a woman who is being given the opportunity to work towards living the life she desires. Sseko sandals are crafted from passion, from love, and from hope.