MONDAY STYLE NEWS: HISTOIRE, A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS RETAILER
By: Southern Femme Intern, Eileen Barry
This online retailer sells handmade, eco-friendly products with a give back to the community initiative. It was started by Harvard MBA graduate, Monica Tai, who wanted to created a business model that gave back to underprivileged communities. The products are by various independent designers, ranging from decorative vases in your living room to cute onesies for your baby. These products give back to these communities in need through fair wages and working conditions, eco-friendly products and community building. The site also donates a portion of its’ profits to artisans and global communities they work with on a regular basis.
The philosophy for the “Histoire” site, which translates to history or story, is to “celebrate the world and its’ incredible treasures.” So here’s a look at some of Histoire’s treasures:
The designer of this gorgeous bracelet made of driftwood with a touch of gold by SUrevolution focuses on fair trade and alleviating poverty from developing communities.
These bangles, also made of real driftwood and designed by SUrevolution, are handmade by Columbian artisans.
These kantha cosmetic bags by designer Cristina Gitti are hand-stitched from 100% cotton vintage fabrics. Gitti’s brand known as Matta creates handmade items using traditional Indian techniques.
This gorgeous handmade leather journal is made from naturally tanned leather and recycled, acid-free cotton paper. The brand Nkuku created this journal and aims to create contemporary designs from traditional techniques. The brand only uses natural materials and exercises free trade.
This cute tote is made by JADEtribe and is handwoven with locally grown cotton and hand woven dyes. The designer of the brand Kimberly Hartman is truly amazing. She works with women in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos and improves their lives by employing them to create beautiful items with their own traditional techniques.
This pom pom scarf , great for any casual outfit, is made from 100% organic cotton and AZO free dyes. The lady behind this business, Jeanette Farrier employs women from Bengal, India and enables the women who make these scarves to transform their lives through their work.
This adorable little onesie made from 100% organic cotton by the Booda Brand donates a book to a child in need for every onesie bought!
Wouldn’t you love this one of a kind pillow on your couch! It’s made from vintage cotton Indian bedsheets and then hand-embroidered. This is another product from Jeanette Farrier.
For a unique aroma you can’t buy at your local department store, try this Bergamot and Coriander hand-poured and 100% soy wax candle! The brand Canvas exercises free trade and green principles.
Finally, for a quirky decorative element to your living room, these vases are made from brown stoneware and designed by Jonathan Adler! They’re handmade out of Jonathan’s workshop in Peru, and was started by “Aid to Artisans,” a non-profit organization.
I hope you liked these one-of-a-kind products that add a unique look to your home, or style while helping the world along the way. Have a great Monday!