Feel good about your next shopping spree by sticking to these brands that support female artisans.
1. Lula Mena
Designer Lula Mena was on a mission to preserve the traditional artisan techniques of her home country, El Salvador, when she founded her eponymous line of eco-friendly home and fashion accessories in 2011. She did even better: The women she employs to make the bold earrings, patterned cover-ups, and colorful pillows in her collections are now the main providers in their families.
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2. Korimi Kids
Designers and friends Annia Ezquerro and Monserrat Dominguez launched their fashion line, Korimi Kids, in 2015 as a way to connect their kids to Mexico’s indigenous roots. Handmade by women in Chiapas and Estado de México, many of the pieces (embroidered vests, sweet garlands, decorative pillows) are inspired by legends and stories in Mexican folklore.
3. Soles for Change
When bank executive Laura Viveros spotted a cute pair of handmade espadrilles in Curití, Colombia, while visiting with family, she knew she had to share the weavers’ artistry with the rest of the world. In 2016, she cofounded Soles for Change, which now carries over 30 styles of the on-trend shoes for both men and women. Best part: Twenty-five percent of each purchase goes back to the senior artisans and single mothers who make them.
4. Swimmie Caps
If your local pool requires kids to cover their hair, check out the new Swimmie Caps line. Created by a mom who realized that there was no representation of darker skin tones on swim caps, the silicone-based headwear features images of black and Latino kids splashing around. It could nudge your child to dive in too. Ages 3+, from $20.