Indigenous Designs is a fantastic clothing line elevating artisans and providing income to the poorest regions of South America. This line first started in 1993, after Scott Leonard witnessed the beauty of local artisans while on a trip to the continent. Together, he and co-founder Matt Reynolds have built a remarkably socially conscious and sustainable company. The line now works with over 300 knitting and hand-looming artisan groups, providing fair wages, support, and environmental sustainability, all while preserving their rich cultural heritage.
Indigenous takes pride in their eco-friendly, fair trade, and organic clothing. Each piece is handmade using natural fiber yarn (organic certified cotton, alpaca, silk, merino wool), Global Organic Textile Standards processing, and Oekotex-100 approved natural dyes.
Learn more about Indigenous and their processes here.
Nowadays, there are so many socially conscious shoe brands out there. Honestly, they are all great – TOMS, BOBS by Skechers, and Keen Shoes, just to name a few. Which ever of these brands you choose, at the end of the day, the money you spend is doing something good for the world! Right?
I recently came across giraffe WALK on Refinery 29’s blog. All I could say was, “Oh my gosh! THESE!”
These shoes are gorgeous and unique, featuring indigenous techniques, locally sourced materials, and eco-friendly dyes. On top of that, each pair of shoes purchased brings income to families in Chennai, India. giraffe WALK shoes are first handwoven by the local women of Chennai, using vegetable-tanned leather, and are then finished in New York City, where an Italian-made vegetable-tanned leather sole is inserted.
I really love the different styles of the shoes – they are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before!
Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting more exercise. With this in mind, I decided to post my favorite workout clothes. When living in San Francisco, I found this little gem of a store called Clary Sage Organics. The mission of Clary Sage Organics is to empower people to live healthy, thoughtful, and ecologically responsible lives. The store serves as a center for holistic wellness, offering the best organic fashions, sustainable beauty products, and a comprehensive array of medicine programs. “By choosing ecologically responsible products and utilizing green building and business practices, we strive to make a positive impact that will benefit all people and our planet.” I posted some of my favorite products from Clary Sage Organics to use for my workouts!