brand spotlight: fashionABLE

i found fashionABLE thanks to a friend of mine, and when she told me their story i really wanted to support them and all they are doing.

this became even more true when i looked further into what they do, and how they do it.

they employ a “trade, not aid” philosophy. you can find more info about it on their website here, but really all that means {as they put it} is: “jobs, not charity.” it’s the whole teach a man to fish philosophy.

they started out with scarves, and then added some amazing leather goods and jewelry, and now they’ve added shoes and apparel to the mix. and i just saw last week that they have a denim line in the works.

i’m in love with this brand. seriously, in.love.

they’re based in nashville and employ women to help them overcome various circumstances – often extreme poverty. some of their goods are made in ethiopia, some are made right here in the us of a, but they’re all made by women who work there so they can overcome unbearable circumstances.

they have so many beautiful things. my absolute favorites as of now are their shoes and leather goods. of course i’d also take any of their jewelry {or all of it!}.

this tote is at the very top of my list.

mamuye leather tote {photo via fashionABLE}
oh, and bonus – they name all of their bags after one of the women they work with.

so, check them out! and then come back and tell me what your favorite is! we can swoon together.

xo

kate

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