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The {Anchal} Edit
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meet the Anchal team 

The women behind Anchal believe that design can change lives. Their nonprofit social enterprise is using design thinking to create innovative products and sustainable employment that empower women worldwide. Through their artisan program, Anchal provides alternative careers in textile design and production to exploited and marginalized women in India, working directly with female commercial sex workers who are seeking a way out of the trade.  Anchal products have been sold in Urban Outfitters nationwide, and have been featured in Design*Sponge, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, Better Homes & Gardens, Huffington Post, GOOD Magazine, and right here, in our 11.13.17 Edit.  We're thrilled that they're taking over Communelle today, sharing five of their favorite products that do (and look!) good.

1. Swahili Modern, Medium White Senegalese Lidded Hamper, $115

2. Rudy Jude, Karate Jacket, $105

3. Anchal Project, 22" Embroidered Triangle Toss Pillow, $68

4. Causebox, Winter Subscription Box, $49.95

5. Mulxiply, Felt + Leather Backpack in Black, $196

 

1.

SWAHILI MODERN
Medium White Senegalese Lidded Hamper
$115

{Chosen by Colleen Clines, Co-founder & CEO of Anchal}

Photo by Swahili Modern

Photo by Swahili Modern

the stuff:

Even before starting Anchal, I loved spicing up my outfits with unique vintage scarves that I would find at second-hand stores. So needless to say I own a bunch of scarves and I struggled to find a place to store them. This year I purchased a gorgeous basket from our fellow Fair Trade Federation member, Swahili African Modern. This basket is carefully handmade by Wolof women in rural Senegal from salvaged plastic strips and cattail stalks. I really love the simple design and the elegant lid to hide my piles of scarves!

 

the story

Swahili works ethically with artisan groups in 14 countries in Africa. As members of Fair Trade Federation, they are required to undergo a screening process and follow nine core principles and a strict Code of Practice that ensures fair payment, wage determination, working conditions, sustainable production and environmental practices. This added verification gives me the reassurance I need to feel confident that my purchase is directly impacting communities in need.

Photo by @ swahilimodern  (Instagram)

Photo by @swahilimodern (Instagram)


2.

RUDY JUDE
Karate Jacket
$105

{Chosen by Brent Drew-Wolak: Dyescape Coordinator at Anchal}

Photo by @ rudyjudeco  (Instagram)

Photo by @rudyjudeco (Instagram)

the stuff:

I have been eyeing this kid's piece from Rudy Jude hoping this design will be available in adult sizes soon! One of the reasons I love this company so much is that they are committed to supply- chain transparency. This jean jacket, for example, is sewn in Los Angeles and is made from USA-grown denim seconds. Meaning, Rudy Jude uses cast-off naturally dyed denim from USA-made mills, thus keeping massive amounts of imperfect material out of landfills. 

the story:

Rudy Jude is a small clothing brand founded by artist and designer Julie D. O'Rourke.  Julie created a company that focuses on clothes that are good for the planet, and good for consumers. All of their products are naturally dyed and sewn in the USA. Although the brand started out as a children’s clothing company, Julie also releases limited lines for adults. I admire a company that focuses on well-made basics, and that is exactly what Rudy Jude does. Both the adult and children’s collections consist of basics that have been reinvented by adding beautiful natural colors. Julie just released Season Three, her third collection of children's clothes and will hopefully release adult sizes for these designs soon. She is currently out of stock of all adult clothes, but her Instagram is worth a follow @rudyjude--you'll want to know when she launches the next adult line!

Photo by Rudy June

Photo by Rudy June


3.

ANCHAL PROJECT
22" Embroidered Triangle Toss Pillow
$68

{Chosen by Natalie Hugon: Marketing & PR Director of Anchal}

Photo by @anchalproject

Photo by @anchalproject

the stuff:

We think you can never have too many pillows and you will never run out of places to put them - toss them on the couch, your favorite chair , the floor, pile them deep on the bed... you get the point. We might be biased, but the details in the hand stitching and the highest quality certified organic cotton used to make Anchal's pillow covers make them by far our favorite to buy. Did we mention the chic gold zipper closure? Every pillow is hand made by a woman artisan in our holistic program. Every stitch is thoughtful and tells a story of her personal journey to empowerment. Never has a pillow in your home been so meaningful!

the story:

Anchal believes design can change lives. As a non-profit social enterprise, Anchal uses design thinking to create innovative products and sustainable employment that empower exploited women worldwide. As a Fair Trade certified organization, we keep these principle's at the center of our mission – to create sustainable employment opportunities for exploited women through eco-friendly products and a market that supports empowerment. Anchal improves the lives of our artisans through a safe working environment, fair wages, capacity building and cultural respect.

 

Photo by @anchalproject

Photo by @anchalproject


4.

CAUSEBOX
Winter Subscription Box
$50

{Chosen by Maggie Clines, Creative Director of Anchal}

Photo by  @causebox  (Instagram)

Photo by @causebox (Instagram)

 

the stuff

This holiday season the Anchal team was invited to design Causebox's Winter Box! Together we designed a box wrapped in an Anchal quilt. When you look closely at the box you can see each stitch an Anchal artisan has made to create a stunning work of art. We love seeing the talents and hard work of Anchal artisans printed on all the beautiful boxes being shipped around the world. Every box is filled to the brim with fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle products, all made by socially conscious companies. It's like your birthday or Christmas every time you receive and open your box of goodies!

 

 

the story:

Causebox is a socially conscious subscription box dedicated to supporting a variety of brands that do good.  Inside each quarterly box you'll find an assortment of home goods & accessories made by artisans & socially conscious brands around the world. The best part about Causebox is the fact that they share the full story behind each brand.  Causebox is a fantastic way to support so many amazing brands with one purchase!

Photo by  Causebox  (via Tumblr)

Photo by Causebox (via Tumblr)


5.

MULXIPLY
Felt + Leather Backpack in Black, $196

{Group pick!  Chosen by the whole Anchal Team} 

Photo by

Photo by

the stuff:

We fell in love with Tanja from Mulxiply when we met her in the Handmade Global section of NY NOW. She radiates positive energy and is always so joyful. We found an immediate connection with her and developed a strong camaraderie as she is another female running a socially conscious business. Tanya's products are just as beautiful as she is and we particularly love her felt and leather backpack. When you think of wearing a backpack, its easy to associate the look with school and carrying books. Not with this backpack. It's sleek and minimal design gives it a grown up feel with a bit of edge. You can toss in your laptop and head to a coffee shop for an afternoon of working, or pair with a cute dress for a night out with friends. The versatility and functionality make this bag one you will wear with everything.

 

the story:

Mulxiply makes it their mission to work with organizations who provide sustainable, fair trade, creative work to women in developing nations. By doing so, they are providing critical employment in societies where those who don't have access to education are at risk of being trafficked. Even more, they pride themselves in working side by side with artisan teams to pair their designs with traditional techniques and materials from the region, keeping the heritage and culture alive. Because their products are made with fair trade labor, when you buy them or gift them, everyone wins. It’s the multiply effect!

Photo by Mulxiply

Photo by Mulxiply

The {Katherine Wolf} Edit
 
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meet Katherine Wolf 

We're so excited to have Katherine Wolf on Communelle today sharing her Edit and to be partnering with her for the Hope it Forward "Dress 4 Dignity" campaign.  Every day during the month of December, Katherine will wear an ethically-made dress--in her wheelchair--to raise money for Hope Heals Camp, a non-profit healing community she and her husband created for families struggling with disabilities of all kinds.  You can follow Dress 4 Dignity on Instagram @hopeheals and #dress4dignity, and you can shop for many of her fabulous ethically-made dresses right here starting December 7th when we feature the dresses Katherine wore the first week.

Want to participate?  Tag yourself in an ethically-made dress during the month of December with the hashtags #dress4dignity and #shopabetterstory.  Unsure what it means for a dress to be "ethically-made?"  Check out our About page and read more about the definition of ethical fashion HERE.


1.  Thistle Farms, Healing Oils, $10

2.  L.L. Bean, Signature Leather Crossbody, $129

3.  Outdoor Voices, Running Woman Sweats, $95

4.  Nisolo, Emma d'Orsay Oxford, $188

5.  Freeset, Hope Heals Burlap Tote, $25

 

1.

THISTLE FARMS
Healing Oils
$10

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the stuff:

Smell is certainly the deepest connection to memory, and after using these essential oils this year at Hope Heals Camp, our summer camp for families with disabilities (the pic below is from the special hand ceremony we did with our campers and volunteers), these scents will always put a smile on my face and some tears in my eyes.  I love the pocket-sized roll-on dispensers, too, which make it super easy to take these with me and apply anywhere.

 

the story

Thistle Farms, founded by priest and social entrepreneur Becca Stevens, has one of the most redemptive and holistic business models I've come across. It melds a comprehensive residential community with thriving social enterprise to help heal, empower and employ women who have been freed from a cycle of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Also, they're intentional about ethically sourcing their materials, most of which come from the United States or other trusted international partners.  In addition to essential oils, Thistle Farms offers bath soaks, lotions, lip balms, and naturally scented candles, sold individually and in cute gift sets.

Photo by Hope Heals (taken at Hope Heals Camp, 2017)

Photo by Hope Heals (taken at Hope Heals Camp, 2017)


2.

L.L. BEAN
Signature Leather Crossbody
$129

Photo by (and picturing!) Katherine

Photo by (and picturing!) Katherine

 

the stuff:

Big bulky purses have never been my thing, much less since becoming disabled. The last thing I need is some ginormous bag weighing down one side of my body with a black hole interior that eats the one thing I'm looking for inside of it!  To that end, a good crossbody bag is perfectly balancing and small enough not to eat whatever I'm trying to find.  Plus this one from L.L. Bean closes with a simple magnet--NO ZIPPERS--and comes in several great colors.

the story:

L.L. Bean has been employing an ethical business model for a long time. The company is serious about rooting out any possible ties to human trafficking, so it audits its factories and supply chains to ensure workers are treated fairly.  L.L. Bean also sources responsibly made materials from their clothing to packaging.  We sometimes assume that a big company can't be doing things right, but L.L. Bean proves that they can! Another good reminder that ethically-minded brands might be closer to you than you think.

Photo by Hope Heals // Katherine Wolf

Photo by Hope Heals // Katherine Wolf


3.

OUTDOOR VOICES
Running Woman Sweats
$95

Photo by @outdoorvoices

Photo by @outdoorvoices

the stuff:

I'm not doing much running these days, but I love these Running Woman Sweats from Outdoor Voices.  If I could live in them, I would...oh wait, I do live in them!  These sweats long ago earned their keep.  They are the softest, most comfortable pants I own, and they wear more like cool loungewear than sweatpants.  I wear them in the gym, on airplanes and pretty much anywhere in between. And after years of wearing them several times a week and machine washing them, they still look and feel brand new--the best!  Totally worth the $95 price tag because unlike cheaper brands, these actually hold up.   

{A note from Team Communelle: we're digging the combo of these sweats with Hope Heals' new ultra cozy blue-on-blue Camp Sweatshirt benefiting Hope Heals camp.}

the story:

Outdoor Voices prioritizes quality, compliance to worker's safety, fair wages and benefits, and dedication to minimizing environmental impacts. And as opposed to the many short-lived pieces of active wear other brands sell, Outdoor Voices specifically seeks to keep their goods out of landfills by making them last longer--what a revelation!  In addition to the sweatpants I love, they also sell really cute leggings and work out pants in fun color block patterns.  Forget Lululemon, check Outdoor Voices out! 

 

Photo by  @outdoorvoices  featuring  @    hannahbronfman  //  @    thefader

4.

NISOLO
Emma d'Orsay Oxford
$188

Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

the stuff

I LOVE this oxford's simple but beautiful design--like all Nisolo's shoes. And it's so comfortable--the leather literally molds to your foot. Plus I love anything in this camel-colored shade--it goes with everything. Since my stroke, I can't wear heels, so I'm always on the lookout for stylish flats with sturdy soles.  These look great with skirts and winter sweaters, but the cut-out design makes these summer-appropriate, too.  A shoe for all seasons (in California, at least!) 

{You guys!  Nisolo has been so gracious to offer a 10% off discount code for Katherine's fans during the month of December!  Use HOPEHEALS10 at checkout.}

the story:

I love that Nisolo's producers receive, at a minimum, beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, and a healthy working environment. The company's main factory in Peru has been making shoes like these for generations, and it shows!  I also love Nisolo's pricing philosophy: "If you're paying too little for a product, someone is likely getting the short end of the stick. If you're paying too much, that person might be you."  With Nisolo, the price is just right.

Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)


5.

FREESET
Hope Heals Burlap Tote
$25

Photo by Hope Heals

Photo by Hope Heals

the stuff:

 

Our ministry, Hope Heals, has long-partnered with Freeset to create tangible reminders of hope that benefit our work as well as workers in Calcutta, India. We love this custom burlap tote they made for us.  With long cotton handles and a sealed interior, it's the perfect bag for Trader Joe's grocery runs or beach visits.

the story:

Freeset is the perfect partner for brands that need custom products. All of Freeset's bags and textiles are certified Fair Trade, and its business model offers women in India who have been freed from human trafficking the chance to learn a new job and be paid a good wage for doing it. I find it painfully ironic (and all too common) when well-intended, do-gooder organizations source things like t-shirts or bags from not-so-well-intended, not-so-do-gooder manufacturers. Check out Freeset instead!

Photo by @freesetglobal (Instagram)

Photo by @freesetglobal (Instagram)

The {Brown Tote} Edit

1. JOYN, Keya Leather Tote in Brown, $250

2. ABLE, Selam Tote in Cognac, $188

3. K. Slade, Carry All in Saddle, $356

4. Meyelo, Nubuck Classic Tote, $190

5. von Holzhausen, Technik-Leather Market Tote in Caramel and Black, $295

 

1.

 JOYN
Keya Leather Tote in Brown
$250

 

 

the stuff:

This one reminds us of our study abroad days– heavy duty while staying stylish, and made of durable, high quality leather. Pack in your everyday essentials for a long trip, or just make it your daily companion on your train ride to work; it's the perfect size for everything you need, but not too big to weigh you down. The thick leather has a finish that will only look better with wear, so don’t be afraid to plop this down on the seat next to you while you commute, or attach the crossbody strap and throw it in the back of your friend's car for a weekend getaway.  There’s enough room in here for your laptop and a bottle of wine – not that you would ever answer work emails while having a glass...

 

the story

Joyn is basically everything we want in any company we're giving our money to. Committed to hand-to-market goods using ethical pricing and the utmost transparency, Joyn’s site offers everything from the names and smiling faces of the actual artisans who make your bag in various parts of the world, to a model of the entire manufacturing process, to a detailed breakdown of how pricing works and why your Joyn bag costs exactly what it does. You’ll also find information on each Joyn factory, from Arkansas and Los Angeles, to their overseas factories—where Joyn’s vision is to “create pockets of manufacturing all over India and Southeast Asia that are locally led, putting work back into the hands of the makers, and defying the “fast fashion” industry of sweatshops and underpaid laborers”. This bag will hold your keys and phone, sure, but what it really holds is an incredible story of human dignity, creativity, and craftmanship. 

 

Photo by JOYN

Photo by JOYN


2.

ABLE
Selam Tote in Cognac
$188

Photo by ABLE

Photo by ABLE

the stuff:

This one might be our favorite – it’s structured enough to stand up on its own and so elegant in its design, not to mention having such a beautiful tawny color. The front pockets are super helpful  for those of us who can always use a little built-in organization. This is the quintessential tote – classic, trustworthy, useful. It'll be a part of your life for years to come.  Pair it with the Amour Vert "Adelie" dress and a red lip and you're ready for a Bon Weekend.

the story:

The fashion industry is the 3rd largest industry in the world, and over 75% of the fashion workforce is women, which is why ABLE is all about the ladies. By empowering women, ending generational poverty through economic opportunities, and championing women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances, ABLE is making a significant difference in communities all over the world. This is a company that knows that, when women are gainfully employed, it's not just individual families that benefit, but entire communities. Forget those fast fashion knock offs, ya’ll--put your dollars where your heart is and shop ABLE.

Photo by  @livefashionable  (Instagram)

Photo by @livefashionable (Instagram)


3.

K. SLADE
Carry All in Saddle
$356

Photo by K. Slade

Photo by K. Slade

the stuff:

The biggest of the bunch, K. Slade’s Carry All is really closer to a weekender.  The larger size doesn’t mean a heavier bag, though.  This beauty is lightweight, so stuff it full of whatever you need – work files and work out clothes?  Great.  Hiking gear and a bunch of trashy magazines?  Perfect. The kids' stuffed animals and three bottles of wine?  It fits!

the story:

K.Slade is America at its best: classic, simple, durable, well-made.  Each handbag is designed in Evansville, Indiana--where Kelsea Slade herself started the brand--and crafted in Chicago, Illinois, using the finest and most durable leather, cloth, and hardware. Kelsea is committed to employing American workers, and has pledged to make American manufacturing a continued part of her brand, despite the increased costs associated with it. Go ‘Merica. Go Kelsea. We love seeing ladyboss entrepreneurs following their dreams, and grateful when those dreams turn into bags as pretty and well-made as this one. 

Photo by K. Slade

Photo by K. Slade


4.

MEYELO
Nubuck Classic Tote
$190

 

Photo by Meyelo

Photo by Meyelo

 

the stuff

This one reminds us of that cool bag from the 70s that we saw a picture of our mom carrying back in the day.  It haunts us. Why didn’t she save it?!  Where is it now??  Here's to hoping someone feels the same way about a picture of you someday.  We have a feeling you'll know exactly where this bag is when that nostalgic photo  pops up on whatever device our children will be using as adults -- with a style this classic, it might still be on your arm. #nostalgia.

the story:

Yes, you get a beautiful tote made from raw, up-cycled cowhide for your money, but even better, your purchase from Meyelo will provide an artisan in Africa—currently, Meyelo employs over 80 people in Kenya—with a source of fair trade income, support for their local community, and a global platform for their work.  Committed to long-term, sustainable growth, Meyelo provides its Kenyan partners with economic support, business training and community development programs, including education, farming co-ops and medical care.  You get to support this incredible work, and you get a dope bag your offspring will one day covet.  That ubiquitous Madewell bag?  Ain't got nothin' on this one.

Photo by @pinkdoorboutiqueky via @ shopmeyelo  (Instagram)

Photo by @pinkdoorboutiqueky via @shopmeyelo (Instagram)


5.

VON HOLZHAUSEN
Technik-Leather Market Tote in Caramel and Black
$295

Photo by von Holzhausen

Photo by von Holzhausen

the stuff

Let us introduce you to the leather tote's younger, hotter cousin.  Technik–Leather, a 100% animal-free material engineered to have the supple feel of traditional leather with the durability of a high-end performance fabric. Carry the ultra lightweight Market Tote from von Holzhausen for a week and you'll wonder what you ever thought was so cool about animal skins.  The knotted handle--a von Holzhausen signature--gives a classic style a modern, updated look, and paired with the hi-tech fabric, you’ll feel like the future version of yourself.  You know, the one who has the latest iPhone and knows what the cloud is.

the story:

Launched in 2015, von Holzhausen offers a high-end assortment of timeless bags and accessories that are ethically made in the U.S. and sold direct-to-consumer to avoid the retail mark-up.  When former automotive designer Vicki von Holzhausen started her brand, she focused on ethically made leather sourced from the food industry (meaning no animal was used solely for its hide) and found a tannery committed to sustainability and respect for the environment.  Now she's phasing out real leather to focus on her Technik–Leather line, which is even better for the environment--this hi-tech fabric is toxin-free and super eco-friendly since 99% of the solvents used to produce it are recaptured and recycled. And the Malibu-based company gives back; von Holzhausen currently partners with Hope Gardens, working to help women living on Skid Row in Los Angeles to regain independence through long-term rehabilitation programs and support services. If you needed a reason to buy a luxe bag, now you have one.

Photo by  @vonholzhausen  (Instagram)

Photo by @vonholzhausen (Instagram)

The {Keira} Edit

{11.15.17}

 

 

meet keira

Arizona girl Keira Jones writes about her fair fashion journey on her blog, Style Me Fair, sharing reviews and tips on how to shop sustainably (perk: with discount codes for her favorite brands).  You can find Keira on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook @stylemefair.  Today she's with us, sharing five ethically-made staples she can't live without.

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1. JOYN, Myra Brown Leather Crossbody Satchel, $150

2. ABLE, Hammered Circle Earrings, $30

3. Sseko Designs, Carmel Leather Stitched Ribbon Sandal, $65

4. Everlane, Double-Lined Silk V-Neck Cami, $65

5. Ten Thousand Villages, Essential Companion Tote, $40

 

1.

JOYN
Myra Brown Leather Crossbody Satchel
$150

Photo by JOYN

Photo by JOYN

the stuff:

I received the Myra crossbody in the mail as a generous gift from JOYN, and I can tell you it's amazing. I receive endless compliments on it, and the quality is truly outstanding. The bag is made of beautiful recycled leather, and it's extremely durable-- plus it's the perfect size for fitting a wallet, sunglasses, keys and your phone (and a few lipsticks, of course!) The best part about JOYN bags are the beautiful block-printed fabrics incorporated into the inside of every bag--it makes each one so unique!  Use the discount code STYLEMEFAIR10 for 10% off your purchase.

 

the story:

JOYN has such an incredible story.  The founders live and work among their maker cooperatives. Not visit. They actually live there.  JOYN makers have access to full benefits, vocational training, maternity and paternity leave, on-site daycare and career development.  Plus, 100% of makers further their traditional education during work hours.  I love that all of JOYN's cotton fabrics are hand-woven--they didn’t give up on handwoven products even when that was the easier route.  Quality and artistry that shows!

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

Photo by (and picturing) Keira


2.

ABLE
Hammered Circle Earrings
$30

Photo by (and picturing!) Keira

Photo by (and picturing!) Keira

 

the stuff:

These hammered circle earrings from ABLE were one the first ethical fashion purchases I made, and I still wear them multiple times a week since they go with everything.  I always get complimented on them since they are unique, yet simple and elegant.  I love that they haven't tarnished one bit, despite hundreds of wears--and quite a few showers!  Want to snag a pair?  Use the code HIGHFIVE for $5 off your purchase!

the story:

Nashville-based ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances.  I love that ABLE recently launched "accountABLE," a reporting system that designed to create true transparency into the social impact of the company's employment and manufacturing practices (particularly the impact on women).  

Photo by @ livefashionable  (Instagram)

Photo by @livefashionable (Instagram)


3.

SSEKO DESIGNS
Carmel Leather Stitched Ribbon Sandal
$65

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

 

the stuff:

One of the main principles in slow fashion is wearing your clothes multiple times, eliminating the need for excessive consumption. Sseko carries a variety of sandals designs, and many of them can be transformed into completely different sandals by switching out the straps for various patterns, sizes, and materials. You can also lace them multiple ways.  Right now I'm loving the tan spaghetti straps laced in a gladiator style, but I know that once I tire of this look, there are so many others to try.  These shoes are also so comfy and well-made. Living in Arizona means that I can practically wear sandals year round, so these have become a staple in my closet.

the story:

Where to even start... Sseko Designs is doing incredible things and paving the way in the ethical fashion industry. All of their products are made by bright young Ugandan women who have the goal of attending University. Sseko Designs has sent 87 young Ugandan women to University... and counting!  All their materials are sourced in East Africa, which allows them to pour back into the economy.  Sseko has the goal of empowering women in East Africa to make an income for themselves and succeed in business through a for-profit model.

Photo by   Jenny Greenstein //  Your Soul Style

Photo by Jenny Greenstein // Your Soul Style


4.

EVERLANE
Double-Lined Silk V-Neck Cami
$65

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

 

the stuff:

I am all about red this season!  It’s a great way to incorporate a fall color that can also transition smoothly into winter. This classic tank is made of silk, a delicate material that must be hand washed. At first the thought of washing this by hand after each wear was a bit daunting, but it was much easier than I anticipated! I’ve quickly learned that caring properly for your clothes is the key to ensuring they will stand the test of time. This is the perfect tank for work or the weekend. Very versatile, comfortable, and beautiful!

the story:

Everlane’s mission is “‘Radical Transparency."  For each clothing item they sell, Everlane breaks down exactly how much that item cost to make. I love this feature, and respect Everlane for telling me exactly how much they are profiting and how much the seamstress who made the item was paid. 

{Communelle editor's note:  while we love that Everlane has helped to change the conversation about transparency, we were surprised to discover that H&M is actually more transparent than Everlane.  Pricing transparency is great, but we want supply chain transparency, too!}


5.

Ten Thousand Villages
Essential Companion Tote
$40

Photo by Keira

Photo by Keira

 

the stuff:

This basket was beautifully handcrafted from palm leaf fiber in Bangladesh. I love that it has multiple purposes for functional use (such as shopping or a picnic), but also makes for great home decor!  The leather straps are beautiful, and the basket is sturdy.

 

 

the story:

Ten Thousand Villages is committed to being a pioneer in the #livelifefair movement through fair wages, good working conditions, long-term partnerships with the communities where their products are made, and eco-consciousness.  Since its founding in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has generated $140 million in sustainable income for artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be unemployed. 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages

The {11.13.17} Edit

1.  Parachute Home, Linen Venice Sheet Set, $189-$399

2.  Preemptive Love Coalition, Love Anyway Sweatshirt, $45

3. The Little Market, Stacked Knitting Basket Set in Silver Herringbone, $98

4.  The Anchal Project, Large Overdyed Cross-Stitch Black Pouch, $55

5. Josie Maran Cosmetics, Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil, $28

1.

PARACHUTE HOME
Linen Venice Set
$169-$399

Photo by Parachute Home

Photo by Parachute Home

the story:

All Parachute Home bedding is made in a family-owned factory in northern Portugal, which is owned and operated by the founder’s great-grandchildren, and the Oeko-Tex certification their products carry means you can be sure your sheets aren't made of harmful chemicals or synthetics. Though we can't imagine why you'd return these luxe linens, if you do, they'll be donated to Habitat for Humanity instead of resold.  And, on top of that, Parachute Home partners with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to send life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to those in need. For every Venice Bedding Set sold, they donate one bed net--and have donated over 20,000 bed nets so far! Let's add one more, shall we?

the stuff:

Who doesn’t want to own something that actually looks better wrinkled?  Sophisticated, stylish--there’s nothing that says “I’m Good at Being an Adult” like linen sheets. And like a good adult, you’ll be investing well: linen is far more durable than cotton, and actually gets stronger with washing, so these are sure to last you a decade or more. Plus Parachute Home's linens are free of chemicals and synthetics (kinda important in something you're rubbing your face on all night), and they don't artificially soften fabrics like many other bedding companies.  But we kind of buried the lead here, which is that--according to a study out of the University of Milan--you actually fall asleep faster, sleep more deeply, and wake up in a better mood on linen sheets. Sign us up.

Photo by Parachute Home

Photo by Parachute Home


2.

PREEMPTIVE LOVE
COALITION
Love Anyway Sweatshirt
$45

Photo by the Preemptive Love Coalition

Photo by the Preemptive Love Coalition

the story:

We raved about the Preemptive Love Coalition on our first edit, so click back and see what you missed (and load up on their Activated Charcoal Soap and their Sisterhood Soap, both of which are excellent stocking stuffers).  Then get this sweatshirt before they sell out.  Every purchase funds the Preemptive Love Coalition's peacemaking work on the front lines of conflict in the Middle East.

 

 

 

the stuff:

In a world of statement tees involving tacos and champagne, why not save your bod for a message truly worth sharing?  The words on this one were reason enough for us to pre-order it the day it went on sale; we weren't expecting such a fantastic fit or the softest material ever (we don't know what "sponge fleece" is, we just know we want it on our bodies always).  Now that we have it, we're making up for the pre-order wait time by not taking it off; turns out it's great for a couch picnic of tacos and champagne.

 

 

 

Photo by the Preemptive Love Coalition

Photo by the Preemptive Love Coalition


3.

THE LITTLE MARKET
Stacked Knitting Basket Set
$98

Photo by The Little Market

Photo by The Little Market

the stuff:

Here's the deal y'all: baskets are the new drawers. From laundry to toys to that collection of single socks on top of your dryer, a cute basket offers a stylish place to throw your junk in a flash, leaving all of your last-minute guests to marvel at how clean your house always is. Or borrow a trick from one of our favorite designers and use this as a chic spot for your favorite potted plant. Hand-woven from cattail stalks and recycled plastic, these three knitting baskets from The Little Market will be a part of your home for years to come (long after you've killed that plant).

the story:

The Little Market is an online fair trade shop founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla where customers can purchase elevated home goods and accessories handmade by artisans around the world. This basket set was woven by the Wolof Weavers of Senegal, a cooperative effort of over 100 highly skilled women weaving in nine villages. The coil style is a technique that has been handed down for generations, and the women who use it are earning income that is essential to the livelihood of their families. Forgo those mass-produced crochet bins you've been eyeing at Target and bring a little piece of Senegal into your living room instead. 

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4.

ANCHAL PROJECT
Large Overdyed Black Cross Stitch Pouch
$52

Photo by Anchal Project

Photo by Anchal Project

the stuff:

The cure for your daily chaos, this pouch will serve more purposes in your life than your first boyfriend did.  We use it as a laptop case, a diaper bag, and an oversized clutch for nights out. Check out the other fun fabric options offered if you must, but you can't go wrong with this classic black with white stitched crosses, a print that’ll never go out of style. Handmade in India using vintage cotton, every pouch is truly one-of-a-kind, exuding character and charm--just like you. 

the story:

After a visit to India during design school, the co-founders of the Anchal Project (pronounced “on-chal”) became convinced that they could use their design skills to affect social change—starting with the oppressive conditions and lack of economic opportunities they witnessed amongst women in India. They raised $400 selling handmade notebooks and cards, invested in a sewing machine and a few artisans in India, and the Anchal Project was born. Now officially a 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States, every purchase of an Anchal product provides an artisan with a full-time job, health care benefits, design training, and educational workshops.

 

Photo by Anchal Project

Photo by Anchal Project


5.

JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS
Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
$28

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the stuff

It all started with a video.  This video, to be exact, which, yes, is an ad, but when we watched it for the first time there was a moment (maybe when Josie rubs her dry elbows on that heavenly front porch) when it seemed as if her Infinity Cream might actually change our life.  It hasn't manifested beautiful backyard dinner parties or baskets full of organic produce (yet), but it has become our go-to cure for, well, everything.  This magic balm goes on as a cream, melts into an ultra-absorbent oil, and leaves you with just the right amount of shine (think glow not grease). It subs for lip gloss, tames renegade eyebrows, smoothes out dry patches, and fills in for eye cream in a pinch.  Pure bonus, it works wonder on baby eczema, too.  It’s luxury and convenience times infinity...cream.

the story

From inception, Josie Maran Cosmetics has been all about fair trade practices, sustainably harvested ingredients, and eco-friendly packaging. Her products don't contain any parabens, artificial fragrances, or chemicals.  Argan Oil is her main weapon, and it's now become ours.

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Meet Andrea

A Texas native currently living in Nashville, Andrea Miner is the force behind The Purposeful Closet, an online platform for ethical fashion brands.  She says she does what she does because she "wants fashion to once again be about the quality, creativity, and people behind it."  Preach, girl.  You can find her on Instagram @thepurposefulcloset and online at www.thepurposefulcloset.com.

1. French Girl, Cleansing Wash, $18

2. esby, Duffy Crop Jumper in Slate, $295

3. ABLE, Mamuye Leather Tote in Chocolate Brown, $178

4. Nisolo, Mariella Mule in Black, $178

5. The Citizenry, Tierra Rug, $155- $325

 

1.

FRENCH GIRL
Cleansing Wash
$18 (2oz)

Photo by  Grayscale  (read Grayscale's review of French Girl Organices { here })

Photo by Grayscale (read Grayscale's review of French Girl Organices {here})

 

the stuff:

Clear skin, s'il vous plaît! This all-natural, earth-friendly cleansing wash from French Girl is everything I need to wake me up as I splash my face to get ready for the day and everything I want to get me ready for bed. This beauty line has completely changed my skin’s life. With two different lines for different skin types, this stuff is made for everyone. Get ready to tell your friends (and strangers) about your skincare routine, because they’ll be asking!

Photo by POPSUGAR Australia (read their review of French Girl Organics { here })

Photo by POPSUGAR Australia (read their review of French Girl Organics {here})

the story:

French Girl’s organic beauty line first launched on Etsy in 2010 and has continued to grow ever since. With a commitment to using exclusively organic and sustainable ingredients that are locally sourced from a Seattle farmstead, these products are what skincare dreams are made of.  Plus, all French Girl products are vegan and cruelty-free. They’re never tested on animals - just on the girls who love them!


2.

ESBY
Duffy Crop Jumper in Slate
$295

Photo by (and picturing!) Andrea

Photo by (and picturing!) Andrea

 

the stuff:

Throw it on and go!  Whether I'm getting ready for a night out or just running errands for the day, the Duffy jumper keeps me looking good and feeling comfortable while I'm doing it. The drawstring allows for a relaxed fit, or it can be cinched to define the waist. Whether I'm sporting wedges or flats, this is an easily transitional piece for every day and every mood.

 

the story:

Esby was founded in 2014 by designer Stephanie Beard. They feature quality clothing that is designed to be worn over and over. Their beautiful pieces are meant to flatter all shapes, while maintaining comfort and wearability. Everything is made right here in the USA, using only the highest quality fabrics sourced from around the world.


3.

ABLE
Mamuye Leather Tote in Chocolate Brown
$178

Photo by ABLE (website)

Photo by ABLE (website)

the stuff:

I like big bags and I cannot lie! Whether I want to throw everything I own into it or just my wallet and some daily essentials, this bag can handle it all!  The soft and sturdy leather only gets better-looking with time. As the leather wears, it darkens and softens while maintaining its structure, which means the Mamuye tote will transition with me through every day and every season.

Photo by ABLE (website)

Photo by ABLE (website)

the story:

Recently renamed from FashionABLE to ABLE, this company is all about women empowerment and working with women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances. Their mission is to give women opportunities so that they are able to be part of and create a sustainable economy wherever they may be. ABLE has grown from what used to be a single collection of hand-woven scarves, to expanding into leather goods, handmade jewelry, denim, and shoes.


4.

NISOLO
Mariella Mule in Black
$178

Photo by Nisolo (website)

Photo by Nisolo (website)

 

the stuff

Meet my new go-to shoe. The Mariella mule from Nisolo is perfect to slip on and wear everywhere. If you dream of a shoe that you can wear with your favorite daytime denim and on a date night with a dress or skirt, this is it. With an almost 1.5 inch heel, this updated take on the classic mule style is truly timeless.

Photo by (and picturing) Andrea

Photo by (and picturing) Andrea

 

the story

Nashville-based Nisolo has taken the fashion world by storm, becoming one of the first mainstream social impact labels. Their commitment lies in ethical production as well as ensuring the healthy lives of their producers. Nisolo offers high-quality products at fair prices without sacrificing the safety and lives of the people behind them. Now that’s something to be a part of!


5.

THE CITIZENRY
Tierra Rug
$155- $325

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the stuff:

The cactus. The sand. The sun. The heat. Okay... maybe not the heat, but I love how stunning the desert can be. There’s something about the vibrant and simple life that draws you in. Maybe it’s all the Pinterest images of Saguaro cacti but it makes me want to bring a piece of the desert into my home. Enter the Tierra rug from The Citizenry.  It has the perfect Aztec vibe and works in pretty much any space. You can throw it in your kitchen, entryway, or bedroom and it will add just the right amount of flare. It takes one full week to complete one of these rugs and you can feel good about supporting the fair trade cooperative of 14 Zapotec women who live and work in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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the story:

This isn't the first time the Citizenry has been featured on Communelle, and I'm sure it won't be the last.  What else can I tell you about this incredible company?  The Citizenry was built on the premise that we should fill our homes with pieces that celebrate the people and lives who made them.  By personally traveling to different countries where their products are made, the team at the Citizenry are able to use only local materials and establish real relationships with their artisans. With fair trade standards, the Citizenry’s artisans are compensated fairly for sharing their incredible talents and gifts.

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The {11.6.17} Edit

1. Yellow 108, Luke Fedora in Earth, $90

2. The Citizenry, Paloma Throw, $155

3. Raven + Lily, Fine Folds Cuff, $98

4. Amour Vert, Adelie Dress in Ivory Navy, $138

5. M. Gemi, The Felize in Latte, $198 

 

1.

YELLLOW 108
Luke Fedora in Earth
$90

the stuff:

If Humphrey Bogart had Instagram, this hat would be would be all over it.  Modeled after the classic 1940s style, the Luke fedora from Yellow 108 wants to be your everyday hat.  We're sold, since every time we wear it, total strangers take note (of the hat, not the five day old blowout underneath).

 

Photo by Yellow 108 (website)

the story:

Los Angeles-based Yellow 108 is committed to using recycled and salvaged materials in their products, which are all American-made.  We recycle our plastic bottles and aluminum cans--let's keep fabric and leather out of our landfills, too.

 

Photo by @yellow108 (Instagram)


2.

THE CITIZENRY
Paloma Throw
$155

the stuff:

Glam up your next Netflix binge and give your living room that instant done-but-not-too-done touch with this exquisite alpaca throw.  Each stripe features a different weaving technique, highlighting both the skills and the artistry of the talented Peruvian weavers who crafted this throw in their remote village in the Andes.  The touch of blush feels fresh and on-trend with our favorite designers, not to mention our favorite Rosé.

Photo by The Citizenry (website)

 

the story:

Besides having one of the coolest names in home goods, the Citizenry is making a difference in the lives of the people who make their stuff.  Ten percent of the Citizenry’s proceeds are invested directly back into the local communities where their handmade luxury goods are produced, providing artisans with tools, equipment, training, education and workshop space to build their businesses sustainably and setting them up to succeed.

 

Photo by @the_citizenry (Instagram)


3.

RAVEN + LILY
Fine Folds Cuff
$98

the stuff:

Cleopatra may have started the trend, but Coco Chanel established the wrist cuff as the must-have accessory that never goes out of style.  We're fans because unlike noisy bangles, this rustic stunner doesn't pinch or clang around when we're typing. (Pro tip: if you put it on the right spot, it doesn't even move.)  Wear it to a fundraiser with a cocktail dress and keep it on the next day for a roll-out-of-bed brunch-- it'll be on point for both.

Photo by @ravenandlily (Instagram)

the story:

Raven + Lily's local partners employ over 1500 at-risk women in 10 countries--ladies who have been trafficked, suffer from HIV+, were previously homeless, or have come out of oppressive situations--to give them a fair wage and skills to help them thrive.  If you're looking for a truly stand-out brand to support, you've found it:  Raven + Lily is a certified B Corporation and was named the Best for the World in Community Impact in both 2014 and 2016.  Plus, when you buy from them, you'll know exactly what your stuff is made of, down to the nitty-gritty details. This cuff, for example, is made with up-cycled brass.

 

Photo by @ravenandlily (Instagram)

4.

AMOUR VERT
Adelie Dress in Ivory Navy
$138

the stuff:

Haven't we all wanted to be French at some point?  Or at least wanted to give off that certain je ne sais ‘lack of trying while still looking chic’ French femme vibe?  Slip on this shift and voila you've got it down.  Yes, it’s getting cooler outside, but this versatile piece will be tres chic with a flowy trench, booties, and dare we say…a beret?  No?  You’re right – too far.  The bell sleeve updates this classic silhouette and Breton-esque stripe.  Bonus: you can wear this next summer with your strappy wedges, too.

Photo by @amourvert (Instagram)

the story:

Amour Vert’s on-trend basics are made with non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics and a zero-waste philosophy.  Almost all of their products are manufactured within a 20 mile radius of the company's headquarters in San Francisco, and the brand reports that all of its factories are owned and operated by women.
Mais, oui!

Photo by Amour Vert (website)


5.

M. GEMI
The Felize in Latte
$198 

the stuff:

M. Gemi exploded on the scene with the Cerchio, their luxe leather sneaks (the waiting list was 6,000 people long when they first launched).  But we're obsessed with The Felize; these iconic driving shoes come in a variety of both fun and classic shades and look great on.  Don't worry, we had to Google "driving shoes" too--according to GQ (the authority on such things obvi), the moniker refers to a particular style of leather or suede moccasins with rubber-grommet soles "invented for men who wanted extra grip while driving seriously gorgeous Italian roadsters."  But if you're not planning a visit to Positano in your Alpha Romeo anytime soon, we can assure you they're just as fun to wear in a VW eGolf slowly inching along the 405.

the story:

M. Gemi is an old world Italian shoemaker with of-the-moment design sensibilities.  Their shoes are conceived, designed, sourced, patterned, lasted, stitched, and finished entirely in Italy, by artisans working in specialty factories in Pisa, Ancona, Napoli and Toscana. And you can tell---each style M. Gemi offers includes some sort of hand-detailing, whether it's hand-sewn uppers, hand-painted edges, or hand-cut leather.  We might have taken advantage of their $25 off your first purchase offer AND their generous refer-a-friend-and-get-$50 deal to snag not one but two M. Gemi gems, the Felize and a bomb pair of heels from their "Before They're Gone" section, a limited selection of sale styles that you can search by size.   There's a reason we put these as #5.  You have permission to click over there . . . now.

Photo by @mgemi (Instagram)

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The {11.1.17} Edit

1.  Rothy's, The Point in Petal Pink Solid, $145

2.  Kinsman Soap Co., Activated Charcoal Soap, $10

3.  Parker Clay, Mulu Clutch in Black, $118

4.  Reformation, High Cigarette Jean in Salton, $128

5.  re:Loom, Early Morning Small Rug, $99

 

1.

ROTHY'S
The Point Flat
$145

Photo by Rothy's (Facebook)

Photo by Rothy's (Facebook)

the stuff:

You’re wearing your favorite pair of flats again.  You wore them yesterday, too.  Come to think of it, maybe you’re wearing them too often?  When you take them off they have a certain…aromaRothy’s is here to help you, folks.  Their magical flats, which come in rounded toe and our favorite bossy point, are ultra washable.  Scrub 'em with a sponge, throw them in the washing machine, hose them off in the yard!  Sort of like Crocs, except... not at all like Crocs.  We weren't fast enough to snag the pretty Petal Pink Solid before it sold out (all proceeds went to breast cancer research), but we're loving the Flax Birdseye with our high-waisted cigarette jeans or with a work-ready dress.   

Photo by Communelle

Photo by Communelle

the story:

Made out of recycled water bottles (from plastic fiber printed from a 3D printer, you guys!) with carbon-free biodegradable soles, Rothy's tech-forward flats are giving new life to the scourge of our oceans and landfills while giving us footwear we can feel good about. Soft and flexible, Rothy's look like high-end fabric, so no one will know you're walking around in an old Dasani bottle unless you tell them.  The "re-usable" box ours arrived in wasn't our favorite design (we might have hacked it to shreds with a steak knife trying to open it), but we love how little packaging there was overall.  We also love that unlike companies that can't trace their entire supply chain, Rothy's owns and controls its factory China. Oh, and bonus--though we suspect these suckers will last for years--Rothy's shoes are fully recyclable at the end of their life.


2.

KINSMAN SOAP
Activated Charcoal Soap
$10

 

the stuff:

If you’re still using soap with FD&C Green #3 in the ingredient list, consider this an intervention. Step away from the toxins and embrace this all-natural, hand-forged soap made with love by refugees using only 100% pure ingredients— including olive oil, beer, and the current cool kid at the beauty product table, activated charcoal. Enjoy it yourself, or save it for a stocking stuffer for your SO. Either way, you’ll keep your skin and your conscience clean.

Photo by Preemptive Love Coalition (website)

the story:

If only this soap could talk.  Kinsman Soap is an effort of the Preemptive Love Coalition, an organization that's on the ground in worn-torn regions in the Middle East to provide emergency relief to refugees and

 create jobs for those victimized by ISIS.  In addition to bringing storied soaps and statement tees to the U.S. market, the Preemptive Love Coalition provides small business grants, tools, and coaching to refugees in Iraq and Syria so that displaced men and women can start again and flourish.  

Photo by Preemptive Love Coalition (website)


3.

PARKER CLAY
Mulu Clutch
$118

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the stuff:

You want to be the girl who doesn't carry a purse, but you don't want to be the girl who spills the contents of her wallet and shatters her phone screen on the asphalt while crossing the street on Saturday night.  Enter the chic Mulu Clutch from Parker Clay.  Small enough to tuck under your arm, but big enough to hold all the essentials; carry it on its own or toss it in your tote when you've got your laptop in tow.  Either way, you've got style in the bag.

 

 

Photo by Parker Clay (website)

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the story:

We dare you to read Parker Clay's "about" page and not get a lump in your throat. Started by a Santa Barbara couple who went to Ethiopia to adopt a child (and then ended up living there for years), Parker Clay is a true example of the power of ethically-run businesses to impact communities for good. The company partners with the non-profit Ellilta - Women at Risk to provide meaningful economic opportunities for women in Ethiopia who would otherwise have to turn to the sex industry as a means to support themselves and their families. The Parker Clay production facility in Addis Ababa is supporting community transformation by providing local artisans with stable, skilled work at premium wages.  All that, and their bags are some of the chicest we've found.  Too many wins here to count.

 

Photo by @parkerclayintl (Instagram)


4.

REFORMATION
High Waisted Cigarette Jeans
$128

the stuff:

The throwback denim trend is here to stay, and we’re fully on board. These are just high enough in the waist, just loose enough in the legs, and just the right wash to give you all the best parts of the 80s nostalgia wave with none of the teased hair or shoulder pads. Dress these up with a blazer for work (the slightly darker Baltic wash is un-distressed), or channel your inner Molly Ringwald and pair with a white tee tied in a knot to crop top length on the weekend. The more you wear these, the more lived in and comfortable they get.

Photo by Reformation (website)

the story:

Los Angeles-based Reformation is serious about eco-conscious fashion. For each garment they sell, Reformation calculates the environmental impact.  For example: these jeans, made from surplus fabric, save 32 lbs of carbon dioxide, 2601 gallons of water and 3 lbs of waste. How’s that for knowing what your outfit’s worth?  In terms of human cost, all of Reformation's apparel is produced by responsible manufacturing partners here in the U.S. or abroad, with "most" hourly workers being paid more than minimum wage and over half earning more than the L.A. living wage threshold (their impact statement says they're working towards 100% living wages across the board).  We're hopeful "most" becomes "all" very soon -- it bodes well that three-quarters of the company's management team are women or people from underrepresented populations.  Get it done, y'all!

 

Photo by @reformation (Instagram)


5.

RE:LOOM
Early Morning Small Rug
$99 

the stuff:

We’re pretty sure your current rugs are just lying there doing nothing to fight homelessness, which is why you need this sunny beauty in your life. Hand-woven by men and women in Atlanta who are experiencing homelessness or have struggled to maintain jobs, it's the perfect one-of-a-kind addition to your entryway. Plus it’s reversible, so when your muddy boots trash it just before your mother-in-law shows up for dinner, flip it over like the girlboss that you are and carry on.

 

Photo by re:Loom (website)

the story:

re:Loom might make rugs, but they aren't fighting homelessness lying down. The company employs people who are struggling to maintain jobs, providing them with a stable salary, full healthcare coverage, and opportunities to engage in the operation of the weavehouse. If you're not in the market for a floor rug, check out their adorable mug rugs to give your coffee a comfy place to rest.

Photo by @reloomatl (Instagram)