We’re in the season of gift giving, and why not take this opportunity to do the most good with the dollars that we already plan to spend? We can support businesses that make a difference in the world - brands that focus on paying living wages and helping people live a fulfilled life. Below we spotlight a few companies that we’ve partnered with that get an A++ in our eyes for having women as a central spoke of their mission. We hope you’ll check out these five companies as you shop, either through our boutique or directly on their websites.
1 - ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. They invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive. When a woman is economically empowered, her children and community thrive, making her crucial to eradicating poverty. ABLE offers the softest, buttery leather handbags and coats, plus clothing, jewelry and shoes!
2 - Love and social responsibility stand behind every piece of Artyfactos jewelry. They employ artisans in Latin America who have no chance at securing employment in the mainstream labor market in their countries, and also support women entrepreneurs in the United States. They use safe, natural and recycled materials to create unique pieces of jewelry. Orange peel, coffee beans, melon seeds, tagua nut, kidney beans, bombona and acai seeds are combined with natural fiber strings, creating the most beautiful and unexpected pieces of art. With a deep and unshakable respect for both the planet and the people who are a part of every piece, their designs as keepsakes to be cherished for many years to come.
3- Ethic Goods provides economic empowerment for women rescued from human trafficking, and those at risk of exploitation by employing them to make beautiful jewelry. They work primarily in South East Asia, and partner with non-profits that provide holistic care (counseling, education, and health care), focus on strengthening the family unit, and have demonstrated a community centered approach. They also believe business has a role to play in empowering the women they work with, which is where we come in. By coming alongside these magnificent ladies to develop their business skills, they have the opportunity to provide for their families and set their children on a new, hope-filled path.
4 - Secret Language is a sunkissed California brand of hand-embroidered clothing, bags, and accessories. Each Secret Language piece is handcrafted ethically by skilled female artisans in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. They believe in unique aesthetic, superior craftsmanship through sustainable practices and the unconventional creativity of women. The embroidery and lacework are made of the finest Turkish cotton and have a timeless feel. Secret Language believes every piece carries its own story, and the next chapter is yours to craft...
5 - Jennafer Grace is a San Diego-based brand where all items are 100% handmade with love by female and minority owned businesses. They proudly pay above living wage their manufacturing partners.Their mission is to make women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful! All items are carefully designed with confident, eclectic muses in mind. All garments and accessories are hand crafted with the intention of being worn and loved for many years to come using limited edition fabric runs to create a constant flow of new and exciting pieces.
We hope you will enjoy the beautiful creations by these amazing brands! We are thankful each day for the people we have met and continue to meet that are focused on supporting women and paying living wages.