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The {1.9.18} Edit

1.  Gamine Workwear, Sweetwater Trouser, $150

2.  Proclaim, The T-Back Bralette, $68

3. Apolis, Transit Issue Travel Candle, $22

4. The Bee & The Fox,  "Strong is the New Pretty" Muscle Tee, $28

5. Nudestix, Magnetic Luminous Eye Color, $24

 

1.

GAMINE WORKWEAR
Sweetwater Trouser
$150

Photo by Gamine Workwear

Photo by Gamine Workwear

We are officially obsessed with Gamine Workwear.  They make clothes for working women--not pencil skirts and pumps, but workwear for ladies who work with their hands, in fields and greenhouses and laboratories.  They call themselves "an exploration of femininity and worn character."  We call them an inspiration. 

All of their products are made by people paid a living wage, given health insurance, and who have logged 10,000 hours (and then some) perfecting their crafts.  And that last part?  It shows in the exceptionally high quality of their clothing.  These are garments made entirely in the U.S.A and field-tested (quite literally) in gardens by gardeners, before they're ever offered for sale.  While Gamine is known best for their dungarees (made from selvage White Oak denim in a tiny town in Tennessee), we're digging these chic Sweetwater Trousers, which are a collab with Dickies 1922.  We're not sure what we love more, the waist height or the fact that it's adjustable, so you can choose the fit you want.  And the story behind the Sweetwater name is great, too: they're named after the Women Airforce Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.), the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft, who were trained in Sweetwater, Texas.  These are pants that'll help you kick butt this year, whether you work with your hands or just want to look like you do.  


2.

PROCLAIM
The T-Back Bralette
$68

Photo by Proclaim (@wearproclaim // Instagram)

Photo by Proclaim (@wearproclaim // Instagram)

Finally.  A nude bra for women who aren't beige.  If you've struggled to find a skin-toned bra that matches your actual skin tone,  (a) you're not alone, and (b) you've got to try the ultra comfortable and gloriously underwire-free T-back Bralette from San Francisco-based Proclaim. Unlike so many other bras, this longline bralette comes in not one, but three shades of "nude:"  the Nina (far left), the Frida (center) and the Zaha (far right).  While it might not be the ideal bra for a very large chested gal (alas, none of those here), we were pleasantly surprised at how supportive it is for our medium-sized melons (the longline style definitely helps keep things secure and lifted) and how great it looks under thin white tees (it doesn't show through the fabric, and the v-neck style means it doesn't peek out no matter how deep your v). 

From using fabric made of recycled BPA-free plastic bottles to manufacturing locally in San Francisco (every bra is designed, cut and sewn there), Proclaim is making bras that are not only inclusive, but ethical.  And, they offer free returns and exchanges, so you can see how you like the T-Back before you commit. Welcome to the nude revolution, people.

 


3.

APOLIS
Transit Issue Travel Candle
$22

Photo by Apolis (@apolis // Instagram)

Photo by Apolis (@apolis // Instagram)

This American-made coconut wax candle from Apolis will make your space smell phenomenal (it's a masculine cypress wood scent with hints of fig) without polluting your air with nasty chemicals.  The travel-sized jar is designed to be taken with you, so that you can recreate the smell of home wherever you are.  The only problem is, now that we're burning it, we don't want to leave home.  We just want to sit around staring at the cool amber jar and sniffing the woodsy awesomeness all around us.  

Apolis is built around the concept of “advocacy through industry"--the idea that business can empower people.  This globally minded certified B corporation partners with entrepreneurs all over the world to bring their products to the global marketplace.


4.

THE BEE & THE FOX
"Strong is the New Pretty" Muscle Tee
$28

Photo by @ lifewithabbyd  // Instagram

Photo by @lifewithabbyd // Instagram

As mothers of daughters, we bought this tee for the statement alone, figuring it'd work as gym wear if the fit wasn't great.  But, you guys, the fit is great (loose but not boxy and the rolled muscle sleeves make us look cooler--and stronger--than we actually are), and the fabric is buttery soft.  Buy one for yourself and get one for the littles in your life, too-- The Bee & The Fox also offers a kids' version in both pink and white.

We discovered The Bee & The Fox on Etsy and were pumped to learn that all of their rad statement tees are made in sweatshop-free factories--some in downtown LA and others overseas in ethical factories that are WARP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified.  Be careful, though--once you start shopping, you may end up with five things in your cart like we did.  We're pretty sure we need the Tough as a Mother sweatshirt. Maybe a Valentine's Day present for your favorite mama? (Especially if that mama is you.)


5.

NUDESTIX
Magnetic Eye Color
$24

Photo by Nudestix (@nudestix // Instagram)

Photo by Nudestix (@nudestix // Instagram)

Whether you like your lids luminous or matte, Nudestix has an eye color for you.  And, their line of makeup crayons (their foundation and lip colors and cheek tints all come in stick form, too) make application a breeze.  Just don't expect bright green shadow; Nudestix's whole shtick is the no makeup look (not to be confused with actually wearing no makeup -- Alicia Keyes taught us the distinction on that), so their shades are all neutral-ish.  We like the Terra shade for daytime (it's a matte copper brown) and Smoke (it's a shimmery plum) for a night out. 

We love that Nudestix is vegan friendly, cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.  And we're girl crushing on the founders, Jenny, Taylor, and Ally (a mom and her two daughters), who started the brand together.  Jenny is a chemical engineer with 20 years of cosmetic experience and her daughters are millennials who wanted minimalist makeup that fit their on-the-go lifestyle.  Nudestix it out to convince you to get rid of your ridick collection of products (most of which are probably toxic) and par down to a set of easy to use and vitamin enhanced makeup stix for face, eyes and lips.  Consider us convinced.

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

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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

Gift Edit {Hostess}

The {For Her} Gift Edit   ||   The {For Him} Gift Edit   ||   {The {Kids} Gift Edit   ||   The {Under $50} Gift Edit   ||  The {Hostess} Gift Edit   ||

1. Ten Thousand Villages, Palm Wood Butter Board, $13

2. Barr-Co, Reserve Hand Soap, $34

3. Prosperity Candles, Burmese Gratitude Candle, $28

4. Nell & Mary, Succulent Tea Towel, $20

5 Areaware, Bent-Nail Bottle Opener by B. Ravenhill, $12

 

1.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
Palm Wood Butter Board
$13

Photo by @ nisolomens

Photo by @nisolomens

the stuff:

We promise, you'll be the only party guest who shows up with a butter board as a gift.  Small and mighty, this pretty piece will squeeze onto a crowded table of hors d'oeuvres but is still big enough to hold a couple of cheeses and a small bowl of honey or a stick of artisanal butter (you know how your food snob friends are).  And, though it's only $13, the dark grain and smooth finish make it look like you dropped at least $25 (usually the cutoff for those office Secret Santa parties, right?  We won't tell anyone you spent less.)

 

the story

Ten Thousand Villages is a pioneer in the world of fair-trade, ethical shopping. This non-profit social enterprise has been using market-based solutions to end the cycle of poverty since 1946, so you can ask your grandma if she loves them as much as we do. TTV sources all of their products from communities throughout the developing world, and every inspired design is crafted with love using local materials (usually natural or recycled) and time-honored skills by makers the company has known and worked with for years. Their site is chock-full of amazing artisanal products. Forget Amazon, this place has it all.

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages


2.

BARR-CO
Reserve Hand Soap
$34

the stuff:

Finally a soap scent we never get sick of.  (We might also use it as face wash in a pinch...) Since friends are always asking us where we got this stuff when they visit and use our commode, we figure why not gift them a special version of it for the holidays? Before you roll your eyes at the idea of spending $34 dollars on a bottle of hand soap, let us point out that it's a really big (and pretty!) bottle and probably not something your host/ess will buy for themselves, thus making it a perfect gift. They'll appreciate the rustic glam quality it brings to their countertop, and the fact that they now have a hand soap that doubles as a conversation starter.  (SOAP IS A CONVERSATION STARTER WHEN YOU REACH A CERTAIN AGE OK?!?.)

the story:

Don't let their Anthro affiliation fool you. St. Louis-based Barr-Co. (one of the brands under the K. Hall Studio umbrella) prides itself on creating eco-friendly, quality goods in small batches with lovely, reusable packaging.  We bought our first bottle of Barr-Co soap for the pretty retro packaging and the scent; now we're buying some for everyone we know because it's the best soap we've ever used.  It leaves our hands (and our face and our kids faces and our baby's tush) feeling luxuriously soft, even without lotion after (though we'll admit, we have their lotion, too).  Barr-Co sells a gift set of most of their soaps and lotions in smaller sized bottles with metal holders to set them in.  They're cute, but the metal rusted on our bathroom counter, plus there's something about that oversized bottle, large and in charge by the sink.  Barr-Co is making statement soaps a thing.

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3.

PROSPERITY CANDLES
Burmese Gratitude Candle
$28

Photo by Prosperity Candles

Photo by Prosperity Candles

the stuff:

Everybody loves a pretty candle.  The problem is, so many of the cute candles you find at high-end gift stores are petroleum-based paraffin wax candles that pump nasty chemicals into the air that can damage the brain, lungs and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties. Avoid that nastiness and go all natural instead.  We love everything about these black glass beauties from Prosperity Candle, from the wood wicks, to the essential oils they're scented with, to the fact that every one is hand poured by Burmese women in their Massachusetts studio. The symbol atop each label is the candle's name handwritten in Burmese, the official language spoken in Burma (Myanmar). Feeling especially grateful?  Spring for Prosperity Candle's "Thank You" set and get the candle, organic coffee beans and sea salted caramels. Sounds like the perfect day-after-the-party combo for the host/ess on your list.

the story:

Prosperity Candle is a social enterprise that supports refugees and artisans through candle-making and beautifully crafted vessels. Each candle is hand poured by a woman artisan using the highest quality waxes, natural cotton and wood wicks, and premium fragrances made with essential oils. No synthetic fragrances here! The women who started Prosperity did so to honor creativity and quality, support fair trade and ethically made goods, and to keep unhealthy stuff out of their homes. But most importantly, this is a company that believes in "contributing to the common good, the power of optimism, and in shared prosperity where everyone everywhere has the opportunity to thrive."  Amen to that.
 

 

Photo by Prosperity Candles

Photo by Prosperity Candles


4.

NELL & MARY
Succulent Tea Towels
$20 (on sale for $12!)

Photo by @nellandmary

Photo by @nellandmary

 

the stuff

Cutest hand towels ever. Perfect for your mom or that friend who just bought a house.  Or, hey, take advantage of the sale and buy them for yourself (we won't judge!  A girl needs chic tea towels!  Um, what the heck are tea towels?  According to HuffPost, they’re meant to be used as a "drying tool" in the kitchen.  So.... kitchen hand towels.  But tea towels sounds so much more refined, so we're gonna call them that).  Handprinted in Portland with indigo and charcoal water based ink, these will make even your most hipster of friends happy.  On sale for $12 right now, these cuties won't break the bank and the succulents are really just adorable.   

the story:

Oregon-based Nell & Mary (recently relaunched as North of West) was founded in 2012 by Krista Stovel, Leah Stovel and Avery Bloom.  Every piece they make is designed, cut, sewn and screen printed in their studio/micro-factory in Portland and sold in their flagship brick and mortar store.  We love that North of West sources materials which are either “rescued” or organic, and the fact that all of their inks are water based. In addition to unique home textiles, North of West offers really adorable kids' clothes.  Perfect for the new parents on your list, or for your own kiddos.  They'll be the hippest tots on the block.

Photo by @nellandmary

Photo by @nellandmary


5.

AREAWARE
Bent-Nail Bottle Opener
$12

Photo by @ areaware  (Instagram)

Photo by @areaware (Instagram)

the stuff:

 

Show up to the party with this little gem and a 6-pack of your favorite local craft beer and you'll ensure an invite to every party ever thrown forever and ever. This bent nail bottle opener couldn't be more simple or more genius, even if we're kind of mad we never thought of it ourselves. What we wouldn't have thought of, though, is the magnet that catches the cap as you open whatever bottle of cider/beer/seltzer you're serving up. Another magnet holds this to the side of your fridge, the perfect place to point it out as evidence of how hip you are. Next up, opening cans with a screwdriver or something.

the story:

Areaware is a small team of 24 people dedicated to bringing great designers--and great design-- to the marketplace. Based in Brooklyn, NY and Columbus, OH, Areaware supports the efforts of independent, emerging designers by producing their work; they oversee all aspects of bringing a design product to market, including creative direction, product development, sourcing, marketing, sales and distribution. This bottle opener was one of the early designs of Brendan Ravenhill, who now designs rad American-made lighting and furniture in Los Angeles.

Photo by @ areaware  (Instagram)

Photo by @areaware (Instagram)

The {For Her} Gift Edit   ||   The {For Him} Gift Edit   ||   {The {Kids} Gift Edit   ||   The {Under $50} Gift Edit   ||  The {Hostess} Gift Edit   ||

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.

The {Purposeful Closet} Edit
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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.

The {11.6.17} Edit

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)

The {11.1.17} Edit

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)