Today marks International Women’s Day, which honors badass ladies around the world for their economic, social and political achievements. As longtime proponents of female empowerment, we felt compelled to build this season’s Box of Style around chic and conscious brands founded and run by women. In it, you’ll find spring styling essentials—from Tribe Alive’s graphic woven tote to Symbology’s gorgeous screen-printed scarf—by fair-trade, women-first companies that are making waves in the fashion world and beyond. Read on for the stories behind these coveted pieces.
Get To Know Tribe Alive
Founded by Carly Burson, Tribe Alive provides fair-wage employment opportunities to independent female artisans in developing countries. These skilled workers create stylish and sustainable accessories, including the beautiful black and white handbag found inside our spring 2017 Box of Style.
A Conscious Collaboration
The Box of Style exclusive Tribe Alive Woven Small Carryall production provided five months of sustainable employment for more than 150 Indian artisan partners in three cities. From the weavers in Panipat to master tailors and leather workers in Delhi to our logistics team in Jaipur, every link of the supply chain was positively impacted.
Get To Know Symbology
Anthropologist turned fashion maven Marissa Heyl started Symbology with the mission to make fair trade sexy. The line showcases exquisite block printing, intricate embroidery and stunning beadwork by female artisans in India. Such attention to detail is evident in the Symbology for The Zoe Report scarf, a vintage-inspired accessory with a peacock feather design that symbolizes integrity and beauty, and deep berry and gold shades that emulate Indian bridal saris.
Scarf For The Soul
Ten women from the Indian village of Sanganer, a region where virtually all screen printing is done by men, were trained in the technique especially for this Box of Style. With their new skill set, these women have far greater access to future design opportunities and sustained income.