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African fashion in hollywood with Black Panther

African Fashion and Fabrics Go Hollywood

Mudcloth Photo: Rachel Strohm // Burkina Faso It’s no secret that we love African textiles around here. From South Africa’s denim-like shweshwe to Mali’s mudcloth to Congo’s Liputa tradition, these fabrics represent so much more than just style. They reflect traditions and stories that help us better understand the continent. And in recent years, Hollywood has …

The Tuaregs of Africa

World Design Focus: The Tuareg of the Sahara

We’re in the midst of launching a new collection of absorbent towels and will write up more about them soon. But before that happens, we realized many customers may never have heard of the people group – the Tuareg – from which some of our towel designs come. So here’s our introduction to the Tuareg …

fair trade product testers

Ready to be a fair trade brand ambassador? Read on…

Through our research and study of poverty, we’ve come to see that the best way to fight poverty is to provide dignity affirming work. Hand-out charity is only of limited good. But opportunities to earn? Those make the real difference. That’s why we want to improve our product line and recruit ambassadors to share our …

Pinterest Board: Children of the World

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a featured Pinterest board. Studio move and all.  So now it’s time to launch this series again with one of our current favs: Global Kids Fashion! Since we’ve been in the midst of working on some African & Henna inspired girls’ skirts, we’ve been putting together a Pinterest …

Used burlap bags turned into purses by refugee women

Turning Burlap Bags into a Fashion Statement

How often do you eat rice? Our refugee seamstresses from Myanmar love rice. Lots of rice. In fact, in Myanmar where many of our ladies are from, rice is the staple of breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Check out this awesome Burmese Fried Rice recipe.)  That’s why they buy rice in large quantities in up to 20lb …

African Print Infinity Scarf

African Print Inspiration

One way we’re telling the story of refugees is by incorporating the textiles of various cultures in our products. That why we created a Pinterest Inspiration board featuring African wax print, particularly the fabrics used by the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbors, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. When we first started exploring African textiles, …

Pinterest Inspiration: Baby Carriers from Around the World

Just head to your local playground on a sunny morning, and you’ll see plenty of American moms wearing their babys in various brands of slings and carriers. Recent years have convinced moms of the benefits of baby wearing, including increased bonding between mom and baby, providing a more discreet way to do on-demand feeding while …