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:

 

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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!

 

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

Lima

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!

 

-Heather

Bluma Project – Jewelry from Rwanda and Ghana

I am constantly looking for new artisan made products and pieces crafted from around the world.  I came across Bluma Project at Anthropologie about a year ago and their product line fits right in. They work with female artisans in Rwanda and Ghana to create jewelry and textile collections.  After their products are complete they sell them to retailers in the Western Markets. By collaborating with these artisans they hope to provide employment opportunities where there is very little. Make sure to check out their SITE. I attached a few of my favorite pieces:)

Can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

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-Laura

Marrakech!

One of our favorite things to do it travel.  Our ideal trip would include getting lost in markets trying to find that one unique or one of a kind piece. We love meeting with the makers of our finds and finding out the story behind each piece.  Here are a few pictures from a Moroccan adventure we made earlier this year.

We spent the afternoon with these shop owners. They welcomes us in with mint tea and afternoon chats. It is a father/son shoemaking coop. The image below are a pair of the BEAUTIFUL handmade flats I purchased:)  Yusaf (Son) and El Haj (Father)
We spent the afternoon with these shop owners. They welcomes us in with mint tea and afternoon chats. It is a father/son shoemaking coop. The image below are a pair of the BEAUTIFUL handmade flats I purchased:)
Yusaf (Son) and El Haj (Father)
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My new Moroccan flats! Can’t wait to wear them this spring!
Walking through the Souk
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I just love the colors in this tile work
I would have come home with over 100 rugs if I was able to get them all through customs:)
I WANT THEM ALL!
Berber Wool Pillows. Some of my favorite finds:)
The center or Marrakech turned into a food market around 5pm every night.
Amazing door!
Purses purchased!
Tile worker in action!
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Maven Collection Blog is FINALLY Launching!

This blog will be a culmination of our journey launching our own handmade collection, finding pieces and work that inspires us, artists from around the globe, our travels, indigenous craft, organizations to get involved with, interesting people/stories, fashion trends, design, sustainable living, and our lives here in Chicago!

Join us on our journey to create a socially conscious lifestyle through the products we purchase, artisans we support and  collection we create!