spotlight series 2.0

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Hello and happy week. Hope it’s a good one. Today I’ll be reintroducing my Spotlight Series, and from this point forward I’ll be including a new focus on mamas or mamas in the making. While I myself just transitioned into motherhood, I’d like to tap into how other moms are embracing their style from the inside out. I know balance can be challenging, especially when it comes to taking care of yourself, but the women I’ve connected with are super inspiring. While social media can paint an overly glorified picture, I’m looking to these mamas to share their authentic experiences. I want to take a glimpse inside their lives to see how they make it all happen. We know it ain’t easy, but there is so much we can relate on. So let’s talk about it. In addition to the feature here, these ladies will each do a 1-2 day instagram takeover on the @yoursoulstyle handle. This way we can have a visual snapshot too. I can’t wait to introduce you to these incredible gals!

To kick things off, I’d like you to meet Hailey Andresen, founder of Household Mag, a blog dedicated to all things food, lifestyle and “building a nest in brooklyn”. I ‘met’ Hailey over our beloved instagram where we’ve both found an incredible community of women to connect with. It’s amazing how close you can feel to someone through the medium of social media. I felt like I knew Hailey after a few exchanges in the comment section. Oh – the wonders of modern day technology! While both pregnant at the same time, we shared our journeys and were able to show support. Despite both giving birth (Owen Drew was born on September 21st), we continue to share our daily thoughts on motherhood.

Hailey is a recent transplant to New York and comes to us by way of Phoenix. Living here was always on the radar for both her and husband Zack, and on the day Zack landed his dream job, Hailey found out she was pregnant. Leaving friends, family and all of what was comfortable behind would be difficult, especially during this critical time, but they decided to take the leap regardless and have not looked back. Household Mag launched quickly after Hailey’s arrival and has been building momentum in a big, bad way since. Full of beautiful story-telling, photographs by the incredible Amy Frances, recipes and dynamic lifestyle content, Hailey provides a voice that is both humble and relatable. She speaks with honesty, and is helping to create a community of strong, fierce women looking to design their own lives. Being that I work towards the same goal, I couldn’t wait to meet her!

Taking our instagram friendship off-line, we met in Prospect Heights to chat more about motherhood, lifestyle and how to balance it all. Our babes joined us too and while both managing conversation, coffee and tending to our little ones, I knew it was the beginning of an awesome friendship. Hailey, my new idol, seems to be doing the impossible. She was already back to work almost immediately after Owen’s arrival, and seems to have this whole working mama thing on lock. She likes to say, “coffee, coffee, coffee!”, but I think she’s got a few other tricks up her sleeve. How does she juggle it all while continuing to radiate beauty from the inside out? And how does she make it look so easy!? I needed to find out more. So I asked Hailey, what is Your Soul Style?

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YSS: What is Your Soul Style?

Hailey: My soul style combines my desire for comfort and style. For me being comfortable doesn’t necessarily involve sweatpants (although some days it ABSOLUTELY does). Most days being comfortable is so much more about being comfortable in my own skin which fashion plays a huge role in to. Finding pieces that compliment my figure and my lifestyle as a new mom are what I am all about.

YSS: How do you describe your personal style?

Hailey: My personal style has become more and more simple over the years. I used to be into vintage and prints, and while I still throw that into the mix every now and then, I enjoy more neutral colors, flattering silhouettes, and staple pieces that transition easily with the season and over time. I would rather purchase timeless pieces than anything super trendy.

YSS: What does your style say about you?

Hailey: I think that being concerned with fashion often times gives people a bad rap when it’s unnecessary. I don’t believe we need to look at it that way. Having style doesn’t mean spending a fortune. It means selecting pieces that compliment your figure and your personality. When I walk out the door I want to feel like my best and most confident self. My style says I’m strong and confident, but not high maintenance.

YSS: You’ve recently moved to New York by way of Phoenix. How much of your style is influenced by your old stomping grounds?

Hailey: I will always have a love for turquoise and southwestern prints, but those are items I use sparingly in my wardrobe. I would say more than anything else that coming from Phoenix has influenced my budget and what I’m willing to pay for pieces. I am a true bargain shopper at heart, and that has transitioned into my life here in New York as well.

YSS: And now that you’re in New York, how much has your style changed?

Hailey: What’s incredible about personal style progression in New York verse Phoenix is that there is so much more originality here. In Phoenix if you wear something a little unique, heads turn and you create a scene. In New York there is so much culture and fashion influencing our everyday lives that wearing a funky print or different waistline than the crowd doesn’t exist – it only makes you fit in more. I love that. Living in New York has made me fearless when it comes to trying out new styles.

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YSS: Since becoming pregnant, and now a new mama, how has your style evolved?

Hailey: I have had to become much more practical in the pieces I purchased both while pregnant and as a new mom. At the moment, since I’m breastfeeding, that means button front tops, and more two-piece ensembles. Because I am such a bargain shopper it’s hard for me to justify spending money on items I won’t wear after I’m done breastfeeding so I simply don’t do that. I am more thoughtful when it comes to garments that are both stylish and functional which makes shopping a whole lot more difficult. This was the same scenario while pregnant. I almost refused to purchase maternity clothing.

YSS: Where do you draw your style inspiration from?

Hailey: I recently revamped my closet after having my first son. Because I had a particular budget, I went straight to pinterest and put together outfits. I didn’t do a full on capsule wardrobe, but I tried to keep that mentality – a few classic pieces for fall/winter. I sourced images from my favorite shops and blogs and attempted to stick to a color scheme where almost everything I bought would go together in one way or another.

YSS: Now that you’re a new mama, what is your go-to clothing item that you can’t live without?

Hailey: Loyal Hana is the one breastfeeding line I have pieces from. The dress in these photos is from their newest collection. They have almost invisible zippers along the chest area that makes wearing a one piece ensemble possible.

YSS: One thing every new mom should have in her closet?

Hailey: A nice fitting pair of jeans. I recently got a pair of high rise jeans from Madewell and I can’t tell you how great they make me feel and how practical they are for this season of life.

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YSS: What does your morning routine look like? Do you find it more difficult to get dressed?

Hailey: Every morning is a little different. It’s definitely more difficult to get ready now, but I always make it a priority when I have plans outside the house. My son likes to be fairly awake first thing in the morning so showering at night, after he has gone to sleep, makes things much smoother the next day. If Owen isn’t up for a nap after feeding in the morning, I typically will put him in his swing right outside the bathroom with the door open. That way I can interact with him while getting ready. This requires more time than it ever did pre-baby and a whole lot of patience, but it’s worth it!

YSS: Any tips on how to make it easy?

Hailey: Aside from showering the night before, I would suggest a low maintenance hairstyle. I cut my hair above the shoulders while I was pregnant and this cut my getting ready time in half. Now I let mine air dry at night and normally just through some quick curls in it before walking out the door. Giving myself more than enough time in the morning also limits stress and allows for the curve balls that ultimately come your way as a new mom.

YSS: What has been your biggest style struggle since becoming a new mom?

Hailey: Sticking to functional pieces day in and day out when all the pieces I loved prior to getting pregnant are just waiting in my closet for me. These pieces are mostly dresses that just don’t make sense for breastfeeding. I reorganized and put all of the pieces that are breastfeeding friendly right up front. This way I’m not sifting through those garments daily when getting ready and trying to convince myself I can nurse in them.

YSS: What were your favorite maternity brands? Breastfeeding-friendly brands?

Hailey: I really regret not purchasing the maternity line from Storq while pregnant. If I were to do it over again, I would make that my first purchase. I bought a couple things from Pink Blush Maternity, which is great because they have something for almost any and every style. As far as breastfeeding goes – Loyal Hana.

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YSS: Balance is hard for all of us, especially new mamas. How do you find the time to write for Household Mag, take care of Owen and still look good at the same time?

Hailey: I have set up a schedule based not on the time on the clock, but on Owen’s feeding times. So the first feeding of the day, then the second and so on. For everything I want to get done I give myself double the amount of time. So I plan for the time between feedings and if I don’t accomplish what I was hoping for during the first chunk of time I attempt it at the next one. A friend of mine suggested using a post it note each day. If you can’t fit your whole to do list on a post it, chances are you aren’t getting it done that day. So prioritizing and not overwhelming myself is important. I’ve had to learn that chances are I won’t get everything done I’m hoping to most days, but Owen will never have a shortage of love or care and that’s at the top of my list. Then comes self-care, which involves eating well and getting ready, or some days just making sure a shower happens. I’ve really had to learn to be patient with myself.

YSS: What would be your advice to women on achieving work/life balance?

Hailey: I’m a schedule and checklist kind of person – which can be good and bad. Setting myself up where both work and life are involved in my schedule is essential. Making time for my life and self is just as important as work. Some days it doesn’t work out as planned, but if I can always be striving for setting myself up for both, I am absolutely happier.

YSS: What is your advice to new mamas on how to embrace individual style?

Hailey: Find pieces that fit you well at whatever stage you’re at in motherhood, and be forgiving if you aren’t where you want to be body-wise. The transitions you experience through pregnancy and motherhood ebb and flow and some days our jeans are gonna be a little tighter than they were the day before. Always make time for self-care, but try not to beat yourself up. Being a mama is one of the hardest jobs there is!

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Be sure to pop over to the @yoursoulstyle instagram handle to follow Hailey (@householdmagny) today and tomorrow and check out the Household Mag blog over here!

photos via Amy Frances

spotlight: liz teich

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While I have a love/hate relationship with social media (don’t we all?), I am grateful that it leads me to some of the most interesting, and creative people I have met – Liz Teich, NYC-based Fashion Stylist, Style Expert and Fashion & Style Blogger being one of them. I discovered Liz when playing around on instagram, and instantly fell in love with her feed. Not only does she maintain an ultra cool fashion sensibility – a blend of on-trend, NYC chic with authentic bohemian. But she is also articulate, witty, intelligent, well-rounded and full of cool interests that are documented as she hops around her beloved city of New York.

Residing in Brooklyn which is what prompted the re-brand of her blog The Brooklyn Stylist, Liz works as a Fashion Stylist with a portfolio full of epic advertising, commercial and editorial clients. Her work spills over into her blog, where she gives women practical and strategic styling ideas that apply to everyday life. With her many years of experience in the industry, she offers relevant insights for women, and includes take away information that can alter how you approach getting dressed. She’s got her pulse on what goes on in the fashion world, but keeps it relatable and attainable for all women. Regular tips and techniques provide guidance on current trends, where to find them, and how to wear them. She connects the dots between high fashion, and the real world. On top of all of her expert fashion advice, other posts include restaurant finds, travel tips, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what goes into the making of a beautiful advertisement, or super cool look book.

The greatest thing about Liz is that she keeps it real, and doesn’t take herself too seriously. While fashion and style can sometimes feel pretentious and aspirational, Liz keeps it relatable and down to earth – two personality traits that she herself maintains. Empowering women to feel their best is always on her agenda and she does that by giving back and introducing ideas that we can all understand and interpret in our own ways! A woman after my own heart, and a gal I think I’ll be friends with for a long time coming, Liz Teich has got it going on. I knew after our first few interactions that I needed to find out more about her soul and her style. So I did…

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YOUR SOUL STYLE: What is Your Soul Style?

Liz: It’s my easy going spirit expressed through my wardrobe like the way I would through a painting.

YSS: How is your personality reflected in your style?

Liz: Maybe it’s the Gemini in me but some days I dress a bit more carefree and some days a bit more polished. I’m adventurous in life, so my wardrobe reflects that and I’m willing to take some risks and make mistakes to find out what I like and don’t like. 

YSS: How would you describe your style?

Liz: A bit of bohemian mixed with city girl edge. 

YSS: What does your style say about you?

Liz: I’m not too fussy or high maintenance, but I take pride in what I wear. I mix a lot of menswear pieces like button downs and mens’ hats into my wardrobe, so I suppose it says I’m feminine but not overly girly.

YSS: Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

Liz: My style overall has evolved and become much more sophisticated over time. It’s always been adventurous and with a touch of boho with an edge, but I’ve honed in on what I like in more recent years, rather than just what’s on sale or on trend. I remember I freelanced for a fashion company years after I interned for them, and one of the women said she was impressed by how my style grew up as I did. I had my Ugly Betty moment at that first internship in fashion and showed up with a tote from Mexico with Frida Kahlo’s face on it, thinking I’ve arrived in fashion – and just because it was crazy and fun, didn’t mean it was great style. I see the people trying to get photographed at Fashion Week wear crazy things just to get noticed and photographed, but to me that doesn’t make great style. To me great style is being able to effortlessly pull off a look to the point where the clothes become an extension of who you are. I’ve also realized that less is more. I used to pile on crazy accessories but I prefer to keep it simple now, as there’s beauty in something as simple as a thin gold ring.

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YSS: What do you love about fashion? How did you get into it?

Liz: I’m a trained artist with a BFA, so I love that fashion has become my art form; it’s a way to express what I’m feeling and who I am as a person. It’s really the first thing you notice about someone before you get to know them. I was always shy growing up, and I used fashion to express myself because I wasn’t outgoing. I found it was a way to start a conversation. I still find it to be that way. If I’m at a fashion event and don’t know anyone, I still use it as a crutch and say something like, “oh hey, that necklace is amazing, who makes it?” and it helps ease into a conversation. 

I initially got into fashion after studying fashion in both high school, making my own handbags out of recycled materials and selling them in high school/college, and in a summer program at RISD, but it was always something I wanted to pursue. It was so engrained by both of my parents, who were impeccably dressed all of the time, even when just hanging out in our house. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up during the recession, so my mother would sew clothing for me and my dolls. We would turn a sleeve of an old shirt into a gown for a Barbie. It taught me to be creative about my wardrobe. Also, my older half sister became a wardrobe stylist back in the 90’s before anyone knew what it was and I thought it was the coolest job ever. I remember helping her pick out clothes from TJMaxx for a shoot when I was maybe 16 and thinking, I want to shop for a living. Little did I know, there was so much more to the career than that!

YSS: Since you’re a Fashion Stylist, Style Expert and Fashion & Style Blogger, does shopping for yourself ever feel like a chore?

Liz: I rarely set out to shop for myself, as I do it for a living and I’ve become trained to look for a particular thing like a scavenger hunt when I shop. I tend to shop for me when I’m on a job and I may stumble upon something I love, or if I find something online that I’ve been coveting. Sample sales and shopping directly from indie designers are my biggest weaknesses. I love the hunt of finding something no one else may have. 

YSS: With all of the fashion you intake on the daily, is it hard to remain authentic and true to your own sense of style?

Liz: As a blogger, I can sometimes find myself being a slave to what’s new and on trend at the moment, but in the past few years, I’ve realized that it’s important to only wear what feels like me. When I first started my blog, I wore things because I thought they were fun, on trend, and would photograph well, but looking back, there are things I wore then that I’ve kind of ruled out that don’t belong in my personal style like pastel colored jeans and a strapless dress. I now shop thinking, would I wear something like this for years to come? Now, fashion to me is like investing in art. The best pieces you want to admire at often and they retain the most value to both you and others. 

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spotlight: int’l princess project

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When we were in Turks and Caicos, I read Corban Addison’s, “A Walk Across The Sun”, a fiction story about two young sisters from India who were tragically sold into the sex trade. This story is actually true though. Human trafficking is taking place in every country across the world, and India is one of the biggest offenders. While I remain passionate about such a magical country that I myself have visited, I’m also aware of the magnitude of its problems – human trafficking being one of the largest. India is considered as the hub of sex trafficking in Asia and it’s estimated that there are more than 3 million women and girls enslaved in the sex trade. Because India is also one of the poorest countries, macro change needs to start on the micro. Helping one woman can multiply to 10, which becomes 50, 100 and so on. I’m super honored to have hooked up with the International Princess Project, whose goal is to do just that. Through the sale of handmade sleep and loungewear called PUNJAMMIES, fashion is used as a vehicle to empower and change lives.

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“The International Princess Project’s mission is to create pathways to freedom for women escaping the ravages of sex slavery to achieve lives of hope and dignity.” While some women are fortunate enough to find their way out of the sex trade, they are almost always ostracized by their own families due to shame, despite any control they had over their own situations. Shannon Keith, the companies founder, returned home from a trip to India, and after spending much time in the red light districts listening to women discuss their stories first hand, she was inspired, and wanted to help.

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Shannon began The International Princess Project “which partners with indigenous organizations to establish micro-enterprise sewing centers that offers these women a fresh start and place to heal.” Not only do these centers help nurture these women back to physical and emotional health, but then further provides them with the opportunity to learn sewing skills that will help them earn an above average fair and sustainable wage. With these new skills, the women create quality sleep and loungewear called PUNJAMMIES which is exported to the United States and sold online all over the world. 100% of the proceeds are reinvested into these sewing centers to expand this opportunity to more and more women.

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spotlight + giveaway: aduzad

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When I met Janina Santillan, founder of ethical fashion brand Aduzad for a tea in the heart of Greenwich Village, I didn’t know what to expect. I had been following Adzuad on instagram for months, but social media only gives you a snapshot into the essence behind a brand. I knew I loved the gorgeous product, but had a desire to go deeper. There was an authenticity that came through in the images that I wanted to know more about. I was super excited that Janina felt the same way about Your Soul Style and we decided to meet-up.

Janina didn’t have to say much before I took note of the passion she holds for her Ecuadorian and Incan roots. It shined through immediately, and was clear she had a strong, intense and ingrained connection to her heritage. What I had noticed in her instagram gallery precisely aligned with the woman behind the brand. Azudad, the name derived from Janina’s grandmothers’ and godmother, is a combination of the last two letters of their first names: PiedAD, LUZ and FelicidaAD. The brand was founded in 2012 in an effort to honor the indigenous craftsmanship of the artisans in the Otavalo, Ecuador region, which Janina has been visiting since childhood. Aduzad is her way of giving back to a country that has always made her feel at home. It is also her way of paying hommage to her grandmother and godmother to make sure a piece of them will always continue to live on. The collection includes items such as travel bags, small pouches, blankets and tapestries, all derived from locally sourced textiles. Each piece is handmade with the highest level of quality, care and love, and through the production of Aduzad goods, the local artisans are able to obtain an income which provides them with the basic necessities for their families. Aduzad practices responsible consumerism, fair trade and ethical fashion laws, and in a world where merchandise is becoming mass produced and disconnected from meaning, Adzuad is helping to sustain these incredible traditions, honor an artisanal craft and stimulate the economy of her heritage community. 

For Your Soul Style readers only, Aduzad is offering to GIVEAWAY one of their amazing pursil travel bags! With the holidays creeping up just around the corner, enter to win this perfect weekend getaway bag for your upcoming holiday visits to friends and family! The rules are simple…

To win:

  • Follow @yoursoulstyle + @aduzad on Instagram & Facebook.
  • Regram our photo(s) from the giveaway post on Instagram or share this post on Facebook, tagging in 3 new friends + @yoursoulstyle & @aduzad, using the hashtag #stylefromtheinsideout.

If you don’t have Instagram or Facebook….

  • Leave your name and e-mail address in the comment section of this post.

A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday night, November 23rd at 5pm (EST)! Good luck!

Now a bit more from Janina…..

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YOUR SOUL STYLE: Can you tell me a little bit about how Aduzad came about? When was it founded?

ADUZAD: I started Aduzad after one of my annual trips to Ecuador back in 2011. I come from an Ecuadorian background and have been traveling to Ecuador since I was a child. It was really important to my parents that my sister and I visit the country as much as we could to familiarize ourselves with our culture. In 2011 I bought back a travel bag that I was using all the time. My friends started asking me where I got it from because they wanted one just like it. Strangers would also stop me on the street or on the subway asking me the same question. From there I just saw a great opportunity and I knew had to do something. Aduzad was officially founded in 2012.

YSS: What can consumers expect to find in the Aduzad collection(s)?

ADUZAD: Great handmade quality items. Extremely unique designs and also one of a kind pieces. Some of them include travel bags, handbags, blankets, tapestries and backpacks.

YSS: How would you describe the Aduzad aesthetic?

ADUZAD: A contemporary twist of the Ecuadorian lifestyle meets the Western culture.

YSS: Who is the Aduzad consumer?

ADUZAD: The traveler, the dreamer, the person who wants unique pieces that they can incorporate into their everyday. They are also lovers of rich patterns and colors who don’t mind sticking out from the group.

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YSS: What makes Aduzad different from other ethical and socially responsible brands?

ADUZAD: We are the only company right now doing what we do that is based solely in Ecuador and I think that in itself makes us different. Being a native Spanish speaker has allowed us to work directly with the artisans that make our products. This makes it very easy for us to remedy any customer concerns or quality issues.

YSS: Who/What inspires you?

ADUZAD: Our name is a combination of the last two letters of my grandmother’s names Piedad and Luz along with my godmother Feliciad. I named it after them because their lives are an inspiration to me. They were such strong women and taught so much about life and the values I should have for myself.

YSS: What inspires the Aduzad collections?

ADUZAD: The Ecuadorian community and the people of Brooklyn really inspire our collections. Every year when I travel to Ecuador there is always something different and new that I love. The artisans are constantly coming up with new and innovative designs. I love mixing that with the style I see from my friends and the people around me where I live.

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YSS: What countries do you currently work with? What countries do you plan on working with in the future?

ADUZAD: We only work with Ecuador at the moment and I don’t see it extending from there. Our business is based around the love and admiration for the Ecuadorian artisans so we want to keep it as close to that as we can.

YSS: Tell me about some of the positive impacts Aduzad has made on the indigenous Ecuadorian people, culture and the environment? Do you have a specific story to share?

ADUZAD: Our handmade tapestries come from a family called the Cordovas. They are located right outside of Otavalo in an indigenous community. Years ago weaving and tapestries were the bread and butter of this family’s income. Unfortunately in recent years the demand for these pieces has gone down.

The Otavalo market also has a very strict policy with its vendors. The market place is where a lot of the indigenous people make their money but not everyone can sell there. What ends up happening is that the tapestries and weavings that the Cordovas make, they have to sell to other artisans who can sell in the Otavalo market, at prices that are unable to sustain their family.

This is where Aduzad steps in. We buy directly from the Cordovas at prices they think are fair for the quality of their products. With that income they are then able to support their families. We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon with them in their home, there we got to see first hand just how much of an impact Aduzad can have and it truly was one of the most incredible feelings.

YSS: Why is a brand like Aduzad important for the growth of sustainable businesses?

ADUZAD: Because it shows that there is a demand for ethical, fair-trade, quality products. We are fortunate enough to live in a society where there is more awareness on how products are being made.

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YSS: Who are some of your favorite socially responsible designers & brands?

ADUZAD: I love Hiptipico and everything that they stand for. I think what they’re doing for the artisans out in Guatemala is really special and inspiring. I also love brands like, Follow the Folk, Maven Collection, The Little Market, IX Sandals, and Mipacha shoes, just to name a few!

YSS: Who would be your dream collaborator? What stores/sites would you like to see Aduzad sold on?

ADUZAD: Mara Hoffman is one of the first names that comes to mind. It would really be a dream to work and collaborate with her. As far as stores and sites go I would love to sell Aduzad in small boutiques with a similar style and vibe to us for example People of 2morrow in Greenpoint.  I would also love to work with stores like Anthropolgie or Calypso.

YSS: How would you describe your own style?

ADUZAD: I love wearing simple pieces and accessorizing them with bold patterns. For example a simple white blouse with jeans but then pairing it with one of our suede handbags and an Ecuadorian felt hat for some color.

YSS: How does your own style influence Aduzad?

ADUZAD: Every single one of our pieces is something that I would love to wear. My family always says I’m a walking ad for Aduzad. I always feel like I grew up in two very different places, Ecuador and the U.S and my style is a combination of both. Aduzad embodies truly everything that I am.

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YSS: What is your favorite piece in the collection?

ADUZAD: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite piece but I do love the new coin purse collection. I actually designed those myself along with Miguel who is an artisan. He mainly works with leather and together we combined that with some textile pieces. We are actually in the works of designing new travel bags together so I’m really excited about that.

YSS: Where do you see the brand in the next 5-10 years?

ADUZAD: I hope to see Aduzad still expanding and coming up with innovative designs and ideas. A little over a year ago we started with only travel bags and pouches and now we’ve gone into house & home with our blankets, tapestries and tablecloths. I’m really proud of that because I’ve always envisioned Aduzad as a lifestyle brand.

YSS: How does someone get involved?

ADUZAD: We are open to collaborations and suggestions with people and companies that are also looking to make a difference and that want to spread awareness on ethical consumerism. You can visit our website or e-mail us directly at support@aduzad.com

Another way to get involved is by traveling to Ecuador and to experience the country first hand. I am constantly telling people to go visit and vacation there. Tourism is great for the country. For my sister and I traveling there at such a young age really impacted who we are today. She’s a nurse and is going to Otavalo, Ecuador next year to volunteer her services to the indigenous communities. My dad always said that in order to truly understand people you have to experience how other cultures live. That saying is something that I always refer back to.

YSS: What is the ultimate goal for Aduzad?

ADUZAD: The ultimate goal would be to bring back the high demand for Ecuadorian products. Our artisans talk about this golden age where they were able to support their families on their crafts alone. I would love to bring that back to the indigenous communities and to share all of our beautiful products on a global scale.

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Be sure to stay connected with Aduzad via FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest and for all other questions or inquiries, contact the team directly here.

And don’t forget to participate in the giveaway to win an Aduzad pursil travel bag! Details above!