{Around the Globe} Raven + Lily: Empowering Women

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, my dad gifted me with a turquoise t-shirt with the words "Girl Power" scrawled boldly across the front in silver and red. The words took the same shape as Superman's shield. And you better believe I felt like a superhero in that shirt.  

I believe in everyday heroes, sans the cape and excessively-snug body stockings. And today we meet two real life heroes in the world of sustainable design + ethical fashion. Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin are the founders of Raven + Lily, a socially responsible brand dedicated to empowering women through design partnerships and sustainable economic opportunities.

Kirsten and Sophia harnessed their passion for fashion and ethical design to create a brand dedicated to alleviating poverty among marginalized women in Cambodia, Ethiopia + India who handcraft each and every eco-friendly, chic accessory and jewelry piece {meet some of the talented artisans here}.

You'll find beautiful, gauzy scarves {the kind every woman must have in her wardrobe} and handmade jewelry crafted from recycled cotton papers, melted bullet casings + vintage silver coins. Also on the style menu:
eco-friendly bags and t-shirts made with hand-loomed, natural-dyed and remnant materials. I happen to have an ongoing love affair with natural soap, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across their sweet, hand-milled soaps.

Raven + Lily also returns a percentage of proceeds to partner communities to fund education, healthcare, and micro-loans. By purchasing R+L products, consumers are part of breaking the cycle of poverty and transforming the lives of women and families. Now, if this isn't girl power, I don't know what is.

{photomontage by f+d} images via raven + lily

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