HANDIRA BODY PILLOWS | handwoven in marrakech

We are so excited to share one of our newest products, Handira Body Pillows! They are absolutely beautiful and make the perfect addition to any bed!  Check them out HERE!

Each Handira (ie: wedding blanket) was hand-picked from the souks of Marrakech. We selected a vintage cream & pink kilim to use as the backing.  The kilim is complimentary to the texture and simplicity of the front of the pillow.  We partnered with a weaving workshop to sew these beautiful textiles together. These handcrafted pillows make a statement on any bed or couch they are placed on!





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Photos by Hannah Eloge Creative

How to Rock our Statement Necklaces!

Have we mentioned we absolutely ADORE our brand new statement necklaces??

This season, we have four, ‘Awajun Enkupa‘, ‘Awajun Mini‘, ‘Awajun Woven‘, and ‘Nantu Waterfall,‘ and they are stunning!


Our sustainable seed jewelry is lovingly handcrafted by the Amazon Rainforest Artisans, through the ORG by vio (Organic Rainforest Goods by Violeta & Indigenous Organizations, respectively) cooperative. Keeping keywords, “Boho Chic,” “Green,” and “Ethical” in mind, each piece of jewelry is 100% vegan and organic, featuring unique seeds, plant fibers, and materials that are sustainably harvested in the Amazon, where the artisans live.

Each piece was created to promote Amazon culture and protect the rainforest, while bringing quality eco-fashion overseas. ORG by vio partners with artisans who reach out to us to sell their traditional artistry, and develop designer collections made with rainforest materials as a source for a sustainable economy. The artisans are paid fair trade prices for their work, with at least 50% of profits contributed back into the community, paying for artisanal training, projects, and personal needs. Maven is so honored to be partnering with such an amazingly talented group of women and designers!

ORG by vio
ORG by vio


These necklaces are SO easy to style! Here are a few tips to keep you lookin’ good:

  • Each necklace should be treated as a key accessory – a top layer that should never be covered!
  • Don’t hide the uniqueness – wear with a solid or very, very lightly patterned top or dress.
  • Avoid wearing too many bangles or too big of earrings – keep any other jewelry very simple.
  • Instantly dress up a casual work or party outfit with one of these necklaces!
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment! Shorts? Blazer? Khakis? Go for it.
'Nantu Waterfall' Statement Necklace
‘Nantu Waterfall’ Statement Necklace
'Awajun Woven' Statement Necklace
‘Awajun Woven’ Statement Necklace
'Awajun Enkupa' Statement Necklace
‘Awajun Enkupa’ Statement Necklace

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Let’s Escape This Summer!

While Chicago is great, there is nothing I love more than a good vacation where I can spend all my time exploring different cultures and shopping! Doesn’t that sound nice? Lucky for us, there are so many fantastic places to travel to around the world to gain insight on how other people live and spend their time.

Here are 3 cities that will introduce you to a whole new world:


Photo from: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/Mexico/Estado_de_Jalisco/Puerto_Vallarta-935573/Shopping-Puerto_Vallarta-Markets-BR-1.html

Puerto Vallarta

I’m happy to say I spent 8 days in 2011 exploring the wonderful city of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico. A gorgeous beach town, this paradise was filled with loads of flea markets and farmer’s markets providing me a firsthand look at the culture. One market is the Rio Cuale Flea Market, which features silver jewelry, leather goods, sandals, pottery, and other handcrafted items. Don’t forget to visit the Malacon while you’re there! And always remember: Barter, barter, barter!


Photo from: http://www.destination360.com/south-america/peru/shopping


Besides being beautifully scenic, Lima, Peru in South America is a great place for markets. The Pisac Market is their most popular, featuring artisan-made musical instruments, beautiful rugs, handbags, and masks, to name a few. Traveling within the town is fairly inexpensive, it’s been said you can get by with just $15 in your pocket in a day, and hostels and hotels are cheap, too!


Photo From: http://www.santafehomestore.com/Blog/The-Markets-of-Santa-Fe-New-Mexico
Photo From: http://www.santafehomestore.com/Blog/The-Markets-of-Santa-Fe-New-Mexico

Santa Fe

Home to many Native American artisans, Santa Fe, New Mexico in the United States is perfect for anyone who wants to travel without leaving the country! You’ll find jewelry, home decor, and folk art with strong Southwestern influence, as well as Mexican imports, like woven rugs, pottery, and glassware. If you’re traveling in July and August, be sure to catch Santa Fe’s Spanish Market and Indian Market for even more variety!