the moral wardrobe: hippie dippie

mustard sweater and clarks shoes on
clarks shoes

How serendipitous that I would wear my Clark's Originals (with a style that originated in the 60s or 70s) the same day a hippie bus was parked in my neighborhood! If you'd ever visited my neighborhood, you would know that it's unusual to see this sort of vehicle parked in this area (though this branch of the neighborhood was built in the early 60s, so maybe it makes more sense than I thought).

If you squint, you can just make out the message, "Listen to your children more!" scrawled on the side.

mustard sweater and clarks shoes on

Speaking of hippies, my bracelet was graciously gifted by Jesus' Economy, a Christian non-profit that aims to build wells, churches, and infrastructure for communities in India, with a particular interest in supporting women. You can read more about it here and shop their fair trade market.

Outfit Details: Sweater - H&M; Top - American Apparel; Bracelet - c/o Jesus' Economy; Shoes - Clark's; Jeans - AE

clarks + soul of africa


soulofafricashoes by fracturedradiance on Polyvore

I stopped into Clarks on my walk through the forsaken corridors of our local indoor mall, thinking maybe I'd invest in a pair of their classic little elf shoes. The price tag caught me off guard (and they were out of my size), but I noticed a flyer for Soul of Africa on the display that piqued my interest.

It turns out that Clarks has an ongoing relationship with fair trade company, Soul of Africa, which employs people in need, particularly women, thereby offering living wages and greater stability. Additionally, all proceeds are given to charities and organizations that enrich and support African orphans.

As far as I can tell, only styles labeled Soul of Africa directly support the organization. My store only offered a leather mule from the line, but there are more styles available online. You can also peruse independent Soul of Africa designs, but you'll have to locate a stockist when you're ready to make a purchase.

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