ethical streetstyle

jenny greenstein

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.

Jenny Greenstein

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!

SHOP IT: dress: 9seed // moto jacket: old (similar) // choker: India (similar) // boots: old (similar) // clutch: Tribe Alive // lip: Bite (pomegranate)

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spotlight: tribe alive (pt. 2)

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My inspiring friends behind Tribe Alive, a lifestyle brand that utilizes a passion for fashion and responsible commerce, recently returned from their trip to Central America where they were able to see first hand the positive impact they were making on the lives of women living in extreme poverty. While the launch of their first collection of handbags and jewelry is just around the corner on November 1st, co-founders Carly Burson and Ashley Faircloth are eager to start on the second. Meeting the women from these marginalized areas was equally a life-changer for Carly and Ashley as it was for the artisans. The trip was nothing short of a beautiful, eye-opening experience which bonded them tighter to their mission and strengthened the desire to create even more opportunities in the developing world.

With that said, through a Tilt Campaign, Tribe Alive is inviting you to join their movement by humbly asking for financial support to help fund the launch of their second collection. An opportunity to become a part of building a brand that empowers impoverished women through design, we can all contribute to doing good and giving back. Hope is the message and fashion is the medium.

Watch the emotional video that captures the spirit of Tribe Alive here and head over to the site for complete campaign details and to make your donation.

I’m incredibly proud of what these two women have accomplished in such a short amount of time, and honored to be a part of the tribe. Now it’s your turn to get inspired and become a part of something bigger. Open your hearts and minds and join me. xx jenny

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Stay connected with Tribe Alive via website/blogFacebookInstagram and Twitter for product updates and a look inside Carly and Ashley’s journey.  

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spotlight: tribe alive (pt.1)

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With no shortage of social, political and environmental issues plaguing the world today, Your Soul Style’s mission is to highlight individuals and brands who are working towards making a difference.  With that being said, when my dear friend Carly Burson told me about the decision to launch Tribe Alive with partner Ashley Faircloth, “a socially conscious lifestyle brand utilizing its passion for fashion as a platform for social change that stands behind fair trade principles and practices social responsibility”, I immediately recruited them for a spotlight feature.  I’ve known Carly for five years, and she has always inspired me with her lifelong commitment to non-profit work.  The launch of Tribe Alive is a natural extension of her already established do-good contributions.  Combined with Ashley’s ability to build a business from the ground up, the two were a match made in heaven.  Both Carly and Ashley come from long-standing, successful careers in the fashion industry and wanted to leverage their knowledge and experience to help better the lives of others.  Each individually passionate about making an impact, Tribe Alive was born out of a desire for positive change in the global marketplace.

“Tribe Alive utilizes it’s passion for fashion and responsible commerce as a platform to help alleviate poverty among women.”  The mission is to employ female artisans from developing countries and provide them with an opportunity to work at fair-trade wages to improve their future and their families future through the production of local goods such as handbags and jewelry.  Indicative of dynamic cultural perspectives from around the world, all of the pieces are handmade by impoverished women with Tribe Alive providing access to the necessary tools, training and support for sustainability.  The launch collection(s) which include bags and jewelry, are from Honduras, Ethiopia and Guatemala with intentions of expanding to countries like India and beyond.

Along with interviewing Carly and Ashley, I had the privilege to a sneak peek of the assortment which will be available on October 1st.  Not only is it beautifully curated, hip, and stylish with a heavy appreciation on the cultural arts, but helping a woman and her family thrive is the real fashion statement I’m proud to make.  Like Carly and Ashley say in their brand philosophy, “We believe that every purchase should be made with a purpose, and that there is nothing more stylish than giving back.”  Yes!  I couldn’t agree more.  I am truly bursting with excitement to see how things develop for these two inspiring women who ooze with soul and style of epic proportions.  I am honored to be a part of the tribe!

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