BucketFeet’s sole mission is to connect people through art. Artists around the world work with BucketFeet to bring their designs to a public platform. Wherever you go, you’re sharing someone’s talent and helping their craft be seen by everyone you encounter. With approximately 4,000 designers from more than 60 countries, art is proven to be universal.
Ditch mass-produced products. Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires women in Uganda to make sandals. I get that it sounds like their just paying for work, but this enables the high-potential women to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations. To date, Sseko Designs has enabled 47 women to continue on to a university. They currently employ 50 women in Uganda working toward their goals. Sseko’s customizable T-strap and ribbon sandals are their main venture, but the brand also sells handbags and amazing must-have accessories. (There’s even a bridal collection!)
TOMS barely needs an explanation, but the footwear has evolved so much since its start in 2006. The brand’s “One for One” model had received some negative backlash in the past, but regardless TOMS has provided footwear to more than 35 million people in developing countries worldwide. I personally am a fan of the TOMS strappy wedges featured above. TOMS also carries bags, apparel, eyewear and other notable accessories.
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