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Insider's Guide: Tulum

April 27, 2017

There’s really no better place to escape the stress of your 21st century life than Tulum. From the pristine beaches to the ancient Mayan ruins to the eco-friendly resorts, the focus is on unwinding, relaxing, resetting. When you’re not spending your days lazing on the beach, doing yoga or taking long walks, pop into one of Tulum’s many boutique shops, each full of character, personality and unique finds; have long,...

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Insider's Guide: Nairobi

April 21, 2017

A Maasai Mara excursion may be your prime reason for visiting Kenya, but be sure to carve out a couple of days to spend in the capital. Dubbed the Silicon Savannah for its burgeoning tech scene, Nairobi is also the hub of Kenyan art, fashion and culture. Browse the local arts and crafts markets, catch an exhibit by contemporary African artists or a performance by local musicians, pick up vibrant...

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Meyelo

April 20, 2017

Carmen Myers gives traditional Kenyan craftsmanship a contemporary spin with her accessories label Meyelo. Handmade by Maasai artisans in Kenya, the brand’s brass rings and cuffs, pendant necklaces, tote bags and carryalls are sleek and elegant, perfect for everyday. Bonus: they support a worthy cause! 10% of the proceeds from each purchase of a Meyelo product are donated to Myer’s philanthropic organization, A Voice Is Heard, which provides community development and...

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Far & Wide

April 14, 2017

With a passion for discovering beautifully unique and carefully made things, Far & Wide offers creations one can only stumble upon in the tucked-away workshops and rural village markets on exotic travels. By solely working with fair trade artisans they are also helping to build a more sustainable infrastructure for the artisanal communities they work with. The remarkable woman behind the brand, Hedvig Alexander, has so much insight and dedication when it comes to the industry, brand and the social...

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Caralarga

March 31, 2017

Caralarga is a Mexican workshop of handcrafted jewelry, located in the “Fábrica de hilados y tejidos, El Hércules," Querétaro, México. Inspired by the raw materials of nature, they seek to preserve their essence and highlight their benefits by transforming high quality handmade jewelry. Caralarga founder, Ana Holschneider, aims to convey the value of our hands and highlight the natural beauty of each material used. Admiring the simplicity of things in their natural state, Caralarga designs prove that simple...

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Rumisu

March 24, 2017

Rumisu is a joint project of two sisters, Deniz and Pinar Yegin, to welcome everyone into their whimsical world. Their ultimate goal? To let love and curiosity for beauty be a conduit for philanthropy. Oh and of course to create a line of ethically manufactured design accessories that give back to their community of origin, in Turkey, which they do perfectly! Each scarf they create has its own story, characters,...

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Ways To Wear It: Rumisu

March 23, 2017

This week in honor of Women’s History Month we’re featuring Rumisu, an Istanbul-based brand founded by sisters Deniz Yegin Ikiisik and Pinar Yegin. Their passion for illustration led them to adapt the good old classic silk scarf as the perfect blank canvas. To top it off, each scarf has has a unique crochet character hand-made by women in Southeast Turkey (in cooperation with a United Nations project).  Our team is...

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SOKO

March 17, 2017

SOKO redefines the aesthetics of ethical fashion. SOKO artisans use locally-sourced and eco-friendly materials, such as recycled brass and reclaimed cow horn and bone, to create modern designs that appeal to the urban woman. By connecting these artisans with the fashion consumer, SOKO helps these entrepreneurs build their own businesses, improve production capacity, and sustainably increase income. We caught up with co-founder, Gwendolyn Floyd, to pick her brain about the...

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Behind the Label: MARIYA

March 10, 2017

With the idea to create a brand of beautifully designed mochilas, MARIYA founders Maria-Paula Herrera and Melissa Moriarty created a collection that blends traditional handmade techniques with modern, functional design. Meeting in 2012 out on the dance floor in Bogotá, Colombia, Melissa and Paula have been #girlboss friends ever since, mentoring one another as they started their entrepreneurial ventures with Colombian artisans. The MARIYA collection of handbags and accessories is 100% handmade by the indigenous...

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Behind the Label: Sarah's Bag

March 03, 2017

Sarah’s Bag handbags combine a colorful and sophisticated aesthetic with luxurious, meticulous craftsmanship. Each collection is both an exploration of new materials and techniques, as well as a revival and reinterpretation of traditional crafts such as hand beading, embroidery, sequinning, crocheting and fabric manipulation. An artisan can work up to 25 hours on a single piece to bring these designs to life. The brand’s founder and creative director, Sarah Beydoun,...

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