Friday Favorites: Trades of Hope

It has been a while since I have shared some of my favorite Trades of Hopes pieces.  Due to the coronavirus our summer launch has not gone as originally planned.  Many of our artisans were in countries that have been or still are shut down. This meant that they were unable to work on products and, in some cases, weren’t able to ship out orders.  This has caused TOH to pivot and change things up a bit.  Instead of releasing one big launch of summer products, we have instead initiated Together Tuesdays.  Every single Tuesday we have been releasing a few new products at a time.  Many of these products are limited editions and will be gone once they sell out.  I thought I would share some of my favorites from out new Together Tuesday releases with you today.  Keep in mind that these gorgeous pieces are handcrafted by women around the world who, because of their work, now have a dignified, sustainable way of providing for their families.  Purchases of any of these products are allowing these women to become the hero of their own stories.  Mamas can keep their babies, women are gaining freedom from sweatshops, young women and girls are escaping from the sex trade, women who have been abused are beginning a new life, and women in the poorest areas of the world can now feed their families.  The list of ways lives are being changed is numerous.  TOH operates under fair trade principles, and we do all that we can to ensure these women are able to earn a fair and living wage in the safest of working conditions.  Check out all of this fair trade, artisanal awesomeness! 

Amber Bracelet Trio

These dainty bracelets come from TOH’s newest artisan partners in Mexico who are providing women with safe jobs and a sustainable income. These bracelets have become a staple in my wardrobe.  They are even loved by teens!  The artisans create natural amber beads from ancient fossilized tree resin to make every handcrafted bracelet totally unique! This ancient amber comes from Simojovel, which is a small town in Chiapas, Mexico. It is far more rare than Baltic amber and is naturally found in warm honey, red, and orange tones.  No two pieces are alike.  Brass accent beads and slide-knots make each cotton and silk blend bracelet adjustable.  Every colorful trio features a coral, rose, and blue bracelet that can be worn together or separately.  

Half-Moon Earrings

These earrings are made in Haiti by women who are rising up out of poverty and are also a new staple in my wardrobe.  I love them so much because they go with everything! Artisans shape these unique earrings by hand, using ethically upcycled bone. Gold plated accent and square shaped studs complete the look of this on-trend design. 

Neema Tote

This is the newest addition to our handbag collection, and it is an adorable one made by artisans in Kenya rising out of extreme poverty.  Artisans dye and weave sisal, natural fibers harvested from Agave plants, to create the perfect go-to summer bag with on-trend colors and textures. This roomy bag gets its name from the Swahili word “Neema”, which means “grace”, and features genuine leather handles with handstitched crisscross accents.

Sky Jasper Bracelet

This natural stone bracelet is handcrafted by survivors of human trafficking and domestic abuse in the Dominican Republic.  Each stretch bracelet features sky mountain jasper beads that are accented with a rare Larimar stone, which is only found in the volcanic regions of the Dominican. Each bracelet is totally unique and goes with so many things. I love the mix of the black and white together with the turquoise colors. 

Marbleized Travel Bag

I am in love with this little bag made by artisans in India who are learning skills to break the cycle of poverty. I carry it in my purse with all of my essential oil rollers, lip stain, and hand sanitizer.  These artisans handcraft this blush, genuine leather bag using a unique hand-dyed process to create swirls of pink, blush, and orange marbleized leather accents. Each one features a zippered closure, exterior slip pocket, and a block printed lining with interior slip pocket to keep all your travel essentials safe, organized, and easy to access when you are on the go. I mean, really? How cute is it?

Summer Whites Collection

This is probably my new favorite bracelet collection. Each one is sold individually, but they look so good worn together.  Each of these 3 bracelets are made by artisans in Thailand and are creating hope for women and families rising out of poverty.

Luminary Bracelet

This stunning hand-beaded bracelet is inspired by “luminaries”—people who inspire or give light just like the artisans that created it. Each adjustable bracelet features two-toned silver glass beads accented with a silver-plated brass border and grey cotton slide-knot closure.

I am Enough Bracelet

This is probably by most favorite of the three.  For every woman challenged by the overwhelming demands of everyday life, this handcrafted beaded-glass bracelet is a reminder that you are “Enough.” This opaque-white glass-beaded bracelet is accented with silver-plated brass beads—spelling the word “ENOUGH.” Each adjustable bracelet features a tasseled slide knot closure.

Light of the World Bracelet

This lightweight beaded bracelet is handcrafted with unique silver-plated brass beads that sparkle in the light. Each bracelet features an adjustable silver-plated clasp closure with a 1-inch extension chain.

Luna Hoops

These beauties are another piece of our Summer Whites Collection and are also created in Thailand. “Luna” means “moon” and are inspired by the moonrise that shines light into darkness. Lightweight silver-plated hoops and sparkling white and silver-toned glass beads makes these stunning earrings versatile enough to wear every day or for a special occasion.

Tula the Unicorn and Tulum the Dragon

These two exclusive limited-edition stuffed animals are the newest edition to Trades of Hope and are fair trade at its best!  I don’t think they could be any cuter for your special little one.  They are both handcrafted by artisans in Mexico. Each whimsical creature is sold separately and is bringing hope to the families in areas of extreme poverty.  Tula the Unicorn and her best friend Tulum the Dragon are named after two of Mexico’s ancient cities where many of their artisan techniques originated. They are the perfect blend of artisan tradition and eco-friendly design with hand-stitched multi-color cotton yarn and upcycled wool.  Aren’t they the cutest?

As you can see, our artisans have been hard at work creating some of the most unique fair trade pieces you can find.  Each piece is made with love and care and is making a difference in the lives of women across the globe.  There are even more gorgeous life-changing pieces available on my website.  Be sure to grab your favorites before they are gone for good. 

Anchored in Hope,

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