Trades of Hope came out with a Winter Look Book at the beginning of this month featuring 12 new pieces that are all about the holidays. Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite pieces from the line. The pieces in this collection range from our very first beanie to some really amazing ornaments. There is sure to be something that everyone loves. I am obsessed with all of it, so it was hard to narrow it down to just 5 of my favorites. I really wanted to feature the whole line, but that would make this post go on and on forever. What makes it even more incredible is that every single piece helps to empower women (and some men) around the world out of poverty and human trafficking.
My heart aches for the mamas in Haiti that have to leave their babies at orphanages because they cannot provide for them. They actually love their children and want to keep them. Trades of Hope’s partnership with artisan groups in Haiti allow them to do just that. By providing these women with a sustainable business, they are able to not only keep and provide for their children but are also able to send them to school and get them medical care. We are helping to break the cycle of poverty there. I love the pieces that come from the artisans in Haiti because they have found a way to take the discarded and turn it into treasures. These star ornaments are no different. They are made from recycled cereal boxes. These ornaments come in a set of 3. You can adorn your tree with them or give them as gifts.
I am not typically someone who journals, but this journal may make me start. It is made by our artisans in India, the home to ¼ of the world’s poorest families. It is very difficult for women there to find jobs and are left living in the slums and unable to provide for their families. Our artisans in India are given a sustainable job and are able to use their income to rise up out extreme poverty. This journal is made from genuine leather and features 90 pages of lined, handmade paper. I can tell you that the pictures do not do it justice. It would make a great gift for anyone this holiday season.
I am completely obsessed with this star and am ready to ditch my usual angel on the top of my tree for this star this year. It is made from whitewashed iron. If you are into the farmhouse chic style, this is totally your jam. Our artisans in India also make this piece. Most of the poor in India lack education, which makes getting one of the scarce jobs even more difficult. Through their partnership with TOH, these artisans are able to provide education for their children to break the cycle of poverty.
These two pieces are sold separately, but I couldn’t choose just one. I thought that they worked so well together so I might as well group them into one. Haha! Both pieces are hand-knit by our artisans in Nepal. First up is this adorable black and white beanie that is hand-knit with 100% wool. It is lined with fleece inside and is sure to keep you warm this winter. Next up are thes fun colored wool mittens that come in two sizes (S/M and L/XL). They are also lined with fleece and are super warm. Women in Nepal are often socially marginalized and discriminated against. By purchasing this beanie or mittens, you are helping them provide food, clothing, shelter, and education for their families. These two pieces would make great stocking stuffers for anyone on your list.
It is no secret that I was in love when our first throw was released in the spring and this one is just as amazing as it. This new blanket features a black and off-white diamond pattern. It is made from blended cotton and is handspun by our artisans in India. It even gets softer with each wash. It truly is gorgeous. Sales of this blanket help to provide education for families and empowers these women to become the heroes of their own stories.
How amazing are all of these? The stories behind them just make them that much more special. We have several other ornament sets that are just as amazing as the Stars of Haiti including a set of puppies, mittens, and some gorgeous ones made from Capiz shells in the Philippines. We even have a cool nativity made in Peru. You can view them all here. Why not give the gift that keeps on giving this season?