We know about Tom’s and Warby Parker, offering a one for one formula with their products for those in need, but there are certainly other sustainable business models that can uplift and support communities around the globe. Looking at the accessories sector in particular, there are a handful of hot brands and organizations peddling incredibly well-crafted, high quality pieces out of Africa that also support the craftsmen directly through their existing businesses and trades. We’ve selected three of these companies, and their stories, found below, that will charm you, while the unique pieces will most definitely entice you!
Malkia, which means “queen” in Swahili, collaborates with artisans in Nairobi, Africa, working out of small workshops or their homes to create these handmade, impeccable pieces of jewelry with the beading itself being done by hand from women in the Maasai tribe. Only a year old, Malkia Style has already established that in addition to working with these artists, 10% of every sale is donated to CARE , which works to fight poverty and empower communities in Kenya. Jewelry materials area locally sourced, such as cow bone, cow leather, and brass, and as an added bonus, like Malkia on Facebook for 25% off your purchase!
Having worked with brands such as Nicole Miller, Madewell, J.CREW, Anthropologie, and Ralph Lauren, the word is out that Indego Africa is the full package: it partners with for-profit cooperatives of more than 400 women artisans in Rwanda, who create exquisite jewelry, accessories, and home decor that are up to par for collaborations with the fashion industry’s most successful brands. It uses the profit from sales and donations to create training programs for its artists which range from management and entrepreneurship, to literacy, technology, and health. Shop its goods here, or simply make a donation to this awesome cause!
Founded by Tina Tangalakis, Della, a socially responsible fashion line strives to provides jobs, education and skills training to the people of Hohoe, West Africa, sourcing it’s materials from the Volta Region. The artisans are employed by the brand, and can take part in literacy and money-management training, and you can check out the Della video to take a peek inside of the brand and production center. You can shop a wide range of goods for men and women, all found in eye-catching prints, such as handbags, ties, pocket squares, head scarves, laptop and iPad cases, and more!