Style: Standout Handbag for Spring

Striking + Sustainable.  A Spring Carryall with a Purpose

Photo: Robby Mueller
Carry It Everywhere

Sunny days are bound to be coming our way sometime soon I hope.  When they do I’ll be carrying my handmade handbag which was the hero item in the Spring Box of Style sent to me from the people over at the Zoe (Rachel Zoe) Report.

I wanted to share it with you because not only do I think it’s attractively versatile and convenient to carry around, the black and white carryall by *Tribe Alive is made with love by female artisans in India. “Without meaningful employment these women could have fallen into the sex trade epidemic which runs rampant in the communities we work,” shares Tribe Alive founder Carly Burson. This bag provided invaluable skills training and fair wages to its creators, making it even more special to carry for festival season or on the daily.

courtesy Tribe Alive

*Tribe Alive is a fair-trade accessory label that supports independent artisans in developing countries.  The striking carryall is made of foot-loomed fabric and cognac brown leather and produced on a small-batch scale to ensure the highest quality.

The beautiful handbag provided five months of employment for more than 150 Indian artisan partners in three cities. From the weavers in Panipat to master tailors and leather workers in Delhi to the logistics team in Jaipur, this bag positively impacted every link of the supply chain.

courtesy Tribe Alive

That’s truly a wow factor.

 

 

Style: Fair Trade Fashion

I always look forward to Spring Break!

accessorize, accessorize….so why not an accessory for an accessory?

But to me Spring Break means a good excuse to let loose with the wardrobe. Exchange bulkiness for something reflecting the warmer (hopefully) temperature.  More color and lightness. Accessories are playful and important. Speaking of, there’s no accessory more versatile than a lightweight scarf. Especially one that is sustainable, versatile and lightweight.

This is a first of a series on sustainable fashion beginning with:

The Symbology Scarf received in my Rachel Zoe Spring Box of Style is both pretty and purposeful.  This exclusive collaboration is also feel-good Fair Trade Fashion.

The bright, screen-printed iteration of sustainable fashion label Symbology is so much more than a pretty add-on. Boasting a chic peacock-feather print and a gold-berry colorway that pays homage to Indian bridal saris, the creation of this warm-weather staple also empowered women artisans from start to finish.

Founder Marissa Heyl was inspired to start Symbology while on a research trip to India to assess how fair trade empowers craftswomen. She met artisans in remote villages and sprawling slums.  She was inspired by their resilience and incredible talent in a myriad of art forms. Watching Gita, a young mother of three, block-print a beautiful tablecloth, Marissa envisioned it as a dress. It was her aha moment—combining her lifelong passion for fashion design with women’s rights.

Indian Inspiration

The Zoe Report x Symbology scarf was handcrafted by ten women in the desert region of the Indian Village of Sanganer, where bright sun and dry heat create the ideal conditions for printing. In this region virtually all printing is ordinarily done by men but these women were trained specifically to create this scarf for those who ordered the Spring 2017 box of style. The peacock feather design symbolizes integrity and beauty, while the deep berry and gold hues emulate Indian bridal saris.

Armed with their new skill set, these women have far greater access to design opportunities and sustained income in the future.  Which makes me feel even better wearing it.  Thank you!

Source: Zoe Report