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Aber Gazzi | T-Gazzi 

Aber Gazzi is a British brand. As a child, she started developing illness in her vision that cost her an eye, so she never spoke much but liked to paint. She painted singers whose stories inspired her and from this, the brand was born. Gazzi continued to study people from different parts of the world, different sizes, heights, the way they look at life, and what they have in their thoughts - but most of all, she studies their body language. That’s where she gets most of her inspiration.

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T-Gazzi by Aber Gazzi is a t-shirt  inspired by today’s life and the people around the world. “We call our t-shirts (T-Gazzi) because T stands for "today and tomorrow". Our brand has always been a huge supporter of human rights and we always try to show awareness. We believe that in every dark room there is always a small light that shines for hope.”  

The T-shirts are created and hand embroidered in a small studio in Milan. T-Gazzi has no sizes, is meant for all ages, and is unisex. There are 7 general designs, but each shirt made is slightly different than the others. Thus, you will always have a one of a kind T-Gazzi piece, designed just for you.

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People Tree

UK clothing line People Tree is a pioneer in ethical and sustainable fashion, respecting both people and planet. Design and craftsmanship remains at the core of the brand as People Tree actively supports approximately 4,500 farmers, producers and artisans through 34 Fair Trade producer groups in 13 countries.

Inspired by the 1930s, People Tree's limited-edition collection recalls the elegant outfits of the period with a contemporary twist. Key to the collection are romantic long and lean shapes with subtle ruffle details. The prints are based on historic dress fabrics originally produced by the Calico Printer's Association in Manchester, England. These archived fabrics include the beautiful Seed Print and Tulip Print patterns.

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A ruffle dress, ruffle-back shirt, coat dress, and wide-leg trouser create Seed Print story design and are crafted in 100% organic certified cotton. The Tulip Print story features four designs: a ruffle-back jumpsuit, smock dress, peplum top, and maxi skirt, all made in 100% Tencel® – a luxury cellulose fiber made from wood pulp. This fiber is one of the most eco-friendly materials to work with due to the highly monitored manufacturing process used. All styles of the collaboration are made by Creative Handicrafts. Based in India, Creative Handicrafts was founded in 1984 and helps low-income women in the slums of Mumbai achieve economic independence through training and job creation.

Click here to shop People Tree!

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All About ALAMA

These exquisite handcrafted beaded pieces are created by ALAMA, a culture-to-wear label, comprised of a team of skilled women artisans. These women are united by their will to promote the legacy of the Maasai tribe of Tanzania through jewelry that is designed for both women and men who wish to support their culture and includes a sustainable design. Each unique jewelry piece is handmade and celebrates the ancestral traditions of the Maasai people of Tanzania, their semi-nomadic lifestyle and the tribe's distinctive dress and jewelry customs.

Traditionally in the Maasai culture, the women are in charge of beading. The beaded jewelry pieces accompany the tribe through all stages of life. The colors and the structure of the jewelry can indicate someone’s age, social status, marital status, gender in addition to giving insights on warriorhood. In this context, the white beads represent purity, the red symbolize bravery and strength, the blue signify energy and represent the sky, while the green beads stand for the land and symbolize health. Orange and yellow beads represent hospitality whereas black symbolizes the people of the Maasai tribe.

The jewelry brand is empowered by the non-governmental organization Africa Amini Alama– a charity which improves the living conditions of the Maasai and Meru tribes of Tanzania by providing them with no cost health care and social help as well as free educational programs. Each ALAMA artisan is continuously supported with a higher revenue generated through the direct purchase of their jewelry by the brand and provided with tools adapted to the quality requirements of the luxury industry.

Committed to both cultural heritage and sustainability, ALAMA's jewelry collection grows organically with unique and handmade statement pieces instead of seasonal offerings along with a zero waste policy. The artisans work only with locally sourced leather, recycled plastic, and glass beads that they purchase from local markets. When you wear ALAMA, you can be sure that your jewelry was made with respect for people, animals, and the planet.

 

Keep an eye out for ALAMA's collaboration with French luxury brand Faith Connexion for the Spring/Summer 2017 women and menswear season in Paris.

 

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Threads of Evolution

In the most simple terms, Threads Of Evolution designs handbags and accessories. All global movements begin at the local level but eventually have worldwide impact.

The best items come from around the world touched by different cultures, influences, and craftsman. The world has become a borderless wonder, full of never ending inspirations and opportunities.

The symbolism used in their inauguration collection is the rug. Something that is walked on, beaten to get clean, and thrown around. However, they make it into a beautiful bag that carries your most important worldly possessions. 

The rugs start out in India as scraps of cotton and remnant fabrics. From there they are woven into different size rugs. They’re custom dyed to different color palettes for that collection. When finished in India, they’re on their way to Los Angeles, California and made into beautiful bags.

It's all in the details! We LOVE the leather tassels that you can hang off their bags!

 

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Roma Boots

words | Rebecca Castillo
photography | Brad Olsen
makeup/hair | Pearl Espinoza

ROMA BOOTS WAS FOUNDED BY SAMUEL BISTRIANWHO COMBINED

HIS LOVE OF FASHION WITH PHILANTHROPY.

Roma Boots merges fashion with philanthropy to give poverty the boot. Their mission is to bring impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education.

They've traveled to 25 countries on five continents delivering boots to thousands of children. A company who not only says they care, but shows it.

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For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need.

THE WORD ROMA MEANS LOVE.


LET'S MEET THE ROMA TEAM

Jennifer has always believed that in some way she wanted to help others, especially children without a fighting chance. "We as humans should always strive to do anything that will leave this world in a better state." Jennifer has a background in social work and retail before coming to Roma. 

Megan grew up wondering why she was blessed to live in a country where she had all of her needs, and most of her wants met. "I knew I wouldn't be satisfied in a career unless I could serve others." Her heart calls to teach others, internationally, that they don't have to be a victim of their circumstance. She feels it's a privilege to work alongside individuals who have experienced trauma or difficult situations. It's her goal to help them overcome barriers and challenges, and to recognize their value, worth, and purpose.

Samantha has always had a passion for helping the homeless and those living in poverty. She went to school for fashion but felt empty working for a company that did not have a philanthropic purpose. She read an article about Roma, and saw the mix of fashion and philanthropy; from then on she became a super fan and now is a part of the team.

Rebecca went on a mission trip to India that changed her life. It gave her the chance to realize how much help we can be for others. With a degree in business and a love for sustainable and ethical fashion, she saw an incredible opportunity to work for Roma, which mixes her love for fashion through Fair Trade and a social cause.

Working at Roma Boots is not just another job, we're helping the world become just a little bit better. We love what we do, and more importantly, love why we do it.

From giving a smile to a sad stranger, opening a door for someone, volunteering, buying a hungry person a meal, or an impoverished child a pair of boots, we all have something to give. Roma is convinced that it’s better to give than receive. They’ve chosen to give poverty the boot through art, education, fashion, philanthropy and by teaching others the art of giving.

"Together we can eradicate poverty as a state of mind and as a physical condition."

www.RomaBoots.com

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Flying Scarfs

IT'S BETTER TO SAVE A SOUL THAN TO TAKE ONE.

words | Flying Scarfs
Photos | Brad Olsen

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During our deployment, we saved countless American and NATO lives by dropping ordnance on an enemy that stood no chance against the might of one of the most advanced fighters in the world. In war, those events are unavoidable and absolutely necessary, but using kinetics against an ill-equipped enemy from a safe distance is anything but heroic. And when entire mountain sides are destroyed by a decade of pilots like you dropping bombs in the exact same spot for the exact same reason, you can't help but think "there has to be a better way."

"Employ widows. Educate their children. Suffocate the insurgency."

After learning about this unconscionable paradigm, the solution became clear: employ parents, keep kids in school and off the streets, thereby the suffocating insurgent recruiting. We were ambitious, but our team backed it up with immediate action. Co-founders Jon Hudgins and Josh Carroll, inspired by a picture they received from Jon's sister in which all the girls in her sorority were wearing scarves, met with a young man whose mother taught widows how to create handmade scarves. We learned that the women's husbands were killed by the Taliban, and, because of conservative cultural norms, they were unable to hold public employment. These women had an average of 4 children each, most of whom were forced to peddle whatever items they could find or beg on the streets of Kabul where insurgent recruiters would eventually find and likely coerce them into joining their group. In that moment, it was hard not to imagine that, if nothing was done, our children fighting their children in 20 years. So, we went to work selling the widow's scarves online and sending whatever we could back to their families.

"Buy A Scarf. Change A Life."

The rest is history. Since 2011, Flying Scarfs has raised nearly $200,000 for widows in Afghanistan. Now, 60 women in Afghanistan work part-time for Flying Scarfs, and an astonishing 75% of their children are in primary school. We can't quantify how many of them would have been recruited by insurgents if their mothers weren't employed, but we're certain that our business saved at least some from the clutches of extremism.  

Our work is far from over. There are a lot of challenges in importing scarves from Afghanistan,  our motivation is higher than it was when we first started. We still need customers to buy scarves, spread the word, and champion our cause. The future is bright at Flying Scarfs, and there's no limit on what we can do next.

 

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