I often get asked, "What other 'good' companies do you love?" There are soo many, but this year I decided make a list of my favorites in honor of the Holiday. Oh, and so I can direct my family easily to my list! HA!
These products I've chosen are all made with an artisan's two hands and have much love put into it.
1: $360, Handmade Duffle from Manos Zapotecas. Look at the beautiful woven details!!! http://manoszapotecas.com/crystal-duffel
2: $115, Sade Tunic handmade by Maggie Pate of Nade Clothing. Oh, the boho-vibe... she gets me. http://www.nade-studio.com/clothing/sadie-tunic-in-green-deco
3: $148, Arrow Tunic Dress by Symbology Clothing. I've had a total crush on this Fair Trade brand for some time now. Their designs are so me, and their production process melts my heart. http://symbologyclothing.com/collections/dresses/products/stylized-feather-trapeze-in-grey-black
4: $139.99, Black Nomad Bootie by Sseko Designs. These booties speak for themselves. I love these soo much I could wear them every single day. http://ssekodesigns.com/shop/shoes/booties/black-tibeb-nomad-bootie.html
5: $6.50, Coco Love Almond Butter by Revival Food Company. I meet the founder at a conference earlier in the year and not only fell in love with her heart, but her tasty creations. http://www.revivalfoodco.com/shop/cacao-love
Check these fabulous companies out, and feel free to send any of the above my way.
World Fair Trade Day is just 5 weeks away and GREENOLA STYLE is so excited to be teaming up with some of our favorite brands to celebrate with a Fair Trade Fashion Giveaway.
Then, get to know our partners below.
From now until World Fair Trade Day on May 9th, every week one or two of these great brands and Fair Trade Federation Members will be hosting a giveaway on Facebook and another on Instagram. Every Monday there will be an opportunity to enter to win, and every Wednesday you can nominate a friend to win. Winners picked every “Fair Trade Friday!”
The final week we are all teaming up to offer one grand prize package – including a prize from no less than six awesome fair trade brands – a total value of over $300. (Of course you can’t put a value on the dignity and respect that fair trade offesr to the incredible people we work with worldwide!)
Last month, our founder (Jen) and lead designer (Liz) went on GREENOLA STYLE's bi-annual trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia. While there, they met with each of our artisan groups to go over new product designs, check-in on production for our spring products, and celebrate our achievements from 2014. Here are some highlights from their trip!
One of our artisan partners, Magdalena, and her son. Magdalena works at Ulala, our alpaca knitwear group.
View of Cochabamba, where most of our Bolivian artisan groups are based.
Vasilia and Beatriz from Tikas going over Fall 2015 designs with Liz. Tikas makes our repurposed acai and bombona seed jewelry, such as our new spring Cochabamba Necklace (available in three colorways)
Jen and Liz with the Ulala Cooperative artisans, who make our alpaca knitwear. Select styles are now on sale!
And last, but not least, Jen and Liz were able to hold a special lunch with all of our artisan groups to celebrate their hard work and huge achievements from last year. It was a wonderful way to come together and celebrate.
We are excited to launch our 2015 Spring/Summer 2015 collection to all of you!
We have new repurposed acai seed jewelry designs and colors, perfect for spring and summer. Our new brass designs introduce aluminum wire details. And our new Aguayo designs are delicate and unique.
We are also thrilled to introduce you to our new spring/summer scarf collection from our new partnership in India. Each square scarf is hand-blockprinted in five designs by fair trade artisans in Jaipur, India. They will be perfect for breezy spring days and cool summer nights. April shipdate.
All of our products are made by hand by one of our artisan partnerships. Your purchase supports the artisan who made the product.
Our new spring collection is available for pre-order for both wholesale and retail at www.greenolastyle.com. Tentative ship date of March 16-31.
At Greenola Style, our dream is to not only impact the lives of each artisan we work with in Bolivia, but to create a ripple effect in the communities they reside. With Norma, together we are improving a community. Norma Guzman leads the production of all our recycled aguayo jewelry. Through the Greenola Style partnership, her life has changed to the point where she has the capacity to help others in her own community.
Jen Moran, the founder of Greenola Style, met Norma in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2009. At that time Norma sold her own designs in the market with her husband, Pablo. Norma was one of the first jewelry artisans to work with Greenola Style, and she has flourished incredibly.
Through our partnership Norma has created an opportunity for her son, passing her success down to the next generation. Her son, Pavlo, now manages her business in Bolivia. What was once one woman working for Greenola Style is now a family business. The Guzman family now employs people within the community to help craft Greenola Style aguayo jewelry. Since working for Greenola style, Norma has been able to pay down loans that she acquired from a previous business, her home, and her children’s education. More importantly, Norma has been empowered to help her family create a small business that provides a living wage in order for her and her community to rise above poverty in Bolivia.