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Giveaway: Win a Pair of Fair Trade Mawu Lolo Sandals

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Mawu Lolo sent me a pair of their fair trade, Ghanaian made Suborsubor Sandals in March. It was still too cold in Charlottesville to wear them, so I took them with me to Florida for a couple of shoots. I liked them then, but I couldn't have anticipated how much I'd wear them throughout the summer.

The answer: a lot. Once or twice a week, mixed into my rotation of other summer favorites.  I wear sandals every day when the weather is warm and I need shoes that are comfortable enough for several hours of standing. The Suborsubor footbed is fairly simple, but it's thick and padded enough to keep my feet comfortable for several hours, and I've found these surprisingly good for walking, as well.

The best part is that Mawu Lolo prices extremely fairly, ensuring that artisans are paid a living wage and customers are able to afford their products. Their items range in price from $34.99 to $59.99.

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It's always a joy for me to be able to offer giveaways on behalf of beloved ethical brands. The hot days aren't over yet, so Mawu Lolo is giving away a pair of sandals to one StyleWise reader. I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I do. And the best part is that it's ANY pair of their sandals, so you can select a different style or color if you'd like: choose from Birkenstock-style, flip flops, and men's options. Check out the site to see all of the options.
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Macrame Is Back: Hand Up Global Goods' Bracelets for Social Change

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This is a paid collaboration with HandUp Global Goods and I received product for review. 

A couple of months ago, after eating dinner with a friend at a shopping center near my house, I took a quick drive across the parking lot and meandered into a craft store. I carefully selected hemp cording and faux turquoise beads, crossing my fingers that my muscle memory would help me do what I had suddenly decided I needed to do: make macrame bracelets.

As a child and young teenager, I was quite the expert at the rope knotting technique known as macrame. I'd hook the end of the string onto one of my toes and hunch over for hours, weaving precise patterns and methodically adding beads until I had achieved the ideal bracelet, anklet, or choker. It was something that was easy to start and allowed for both creativity and skill development with each new bracelet.

Well, macrame is back. And no one in the fair trade industry is doing it better than HandUp Global Goods

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HandUp Global Goods is a social enterprise that employs young men transitioning out of orphanages in Haiti. In addition to providing short term income, HandUp's programs offer financial literacy, vocational training, and spiritual support with a goal to build strong, confident leaders who can build sustainable infrastructure in their own communities. HandUp stands in as a partner to women-focused social enterprises, ensuring that disadvantaged men aren't left behind by broken systems.

Though I'm a Christian, I am very careful to ask about the specific types of "spiritual support" offered through faith-based social enterprises. Our cultural biases and colonialist history as Americans can create a lot of tension - and do a great deal of harm - if we aren't careful to enter developing economies with humility and a listening ear. The team at HandUp Global Goods was more than willing to answer all my questions, and made it clear to me that 1. employees are under the spiritual guidance of a local pastor rather than an outsider and 2. HandUp's curriculum is based in the universal tenets of Christianity and is not affiliated with a particular denomination. This shows me that they are willing to engage their faith in the least harmful way while remaining within their tradition.
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And, of course, the products themselves are so much fun. HandUp sent me their classic Akolad Encased Bracelet and a pair of the Pearl Macrame Earrings to review. They're each made of thin, strong cording and high quality beads, and the attention to detail is notable. The bracelets would look great in a big stack on your wrist, but my preference is to go old school, and buy a whole bunch to give out as friendship bracelets. They remind me of long summer breaks spent swimming, reading, and irritating my little sister.

That those beautiful, sun-filled memories can be conjured up from these simple but precise pieces is an indication of their connection to loving human handiwork. My hope is that programs like the one offered through HandUp Global Goods can make things a little more beautiful and sun-filled for everyone.


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Ethical Giveaway: Dunitz & Company Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace

Ethical Giveaway: Dunitz and Company Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace


The Fair Trade Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace, made in Guatemala by Dunitz & Company. 
Details: Czech & Japanese glass beads and crystals, leather cord. $60.00 value.

See yesterday's post to learn more about Dunitz & Company and read my review! 

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Ethical Giveaway: American-made Denim & Leather Clutch from Hem + Haw

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When Hope, founder of new domestically produced purse line Hem + Haw, initially reached out to me, she had no idea we shared the Charlottesville connection. It amazes and sort of baffles me how many people in the ethical consumerism space have lived for a time in Charlottesville. I'm grateful to be able to live in a relatively small town with all these interconnected, well traveled people. It makes it a heck of a lot easier to feel like you're a part of something, and to challenge yourself to be the best you can be.

Anyway, Hope lived here for several years while working for a local marketing agency, but she recently took a leap of faith to become a small part of the American manufacturing revival by producing high end clutches and purses with upcyled denim and American-sourced, new materials. In her words:

Here’s the thing that’s true about a good pair of jeans—they hang in there. It’s part of why we love them. We’ve worked to make our designs nimble, to maximize the material in a single pair of jeans as well as make use of the wide variety of washes available. 
Having seen firsthand what happens in communities when economic livelihoods disappear, we’re committed to U.S. manufacturing. We’ve sourced materials from all over the country and learned from a variety of local craftsman. We’re pretty thrilled that Hem + Haw bags have have been put together by hands that have been working in their respective fields for years.

Now Hope lives in Louisiana, but I had the chance to meet her at the Hem + Haw Launch Party she threw in downtown Charlottesville a couple months ago. Hope is one of those people who greets you like you're an old friend, and she's truly passionate about ensuring that every component of the line is traceable. She's also worked hard to ensure that the profit margin on each product is fair (a subject we ethical marketers and writers don't talk about enough, in my opinion).

The Goods...

Hem + Haw Conroy Clutch ethical giveaway, made in USA

Hem + Haw currently offers a mini collection of denim and leather clutches and convertible bags, available on their website. Today, they've offered to give away one Conroy Clutch in the color of your choice to a StyleWise reader, just in time for the Holidays.

The Conroy Clutch, valued at $95.00, is made from upcycled denim, American-made vegetable tanned leather and cotton, and Charlottesville-made antique brass hardware. Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. Either way, you'll have a good story to tell about where the item came from and how it was made.

Hem + Haw Conroy Clutch ethical giveaway, made in USA

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