Creating Economic Opportunity for the Vulnerable
August 21, 2014
the Bethe Rope Necklace made from Ethiopian upcycled artillery and the Julep Earring made in Indian artisans
the Kantha Foldover Crossbody Bag that can be styled four different ways
bracelets made by artisans in Uganda, India and Guatemala starting at $14
Jennifer Hagler Photography
By Buffy York
The Noonday Collection launched it’s Fall Line August 7th introducing a new Heirloom line created by Peruvian master silversmiths. Noonday Collection is a line of jewelry, bags and scarves that is giving opportunities to artisans throughout the world to continue handcraft traditions passed down from generation to generation while giving a sense of dignity. Noonday works with 28 artisan groups in 10 third world countries to provide economic opportunity in these under priviliged areas. By purchasing Noonday creations you can provide a marketplace for artisans around the world so they can have respectable jobs at living wages, often while working within the home and caring for their families. Through your purchases Noonday is also able to provide no-interest loans to artisans who need start-up capital, scholarship assistance for their children, and emergency assistance in situations that could be financially devastating to families.
The pieces I am wearing in the photographs above were made in India, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Peru. In India Noonday provides opportunities to over 400 families and emphasizes hiring women, pieces in the collection from Ethopia have been made from up-cycled artillery from former conflicts, and Peruvian artisans have been enabled by Noonday to use their silversmith expertise to supplement incomes that are often unpredictable. The different cultures that melt in to the Noonday Collection make it a line that that can take you from casual to dressy and funky to classic. I love to stack a bracelet and this collection gives me tons of different looks from the ballpark to a night out with prices starting at $14.
Noonday Ambassador Anna Colvin, who recently traveled to Rwanda to visit a sewing co-op responsible for making many of the Noonday totes, is giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to be used at one of her upcoming fall shows or online. Enter by using the Rafflecopter below and commenting on this post. Follow @thestylegathing on Instagram for a bonus entry. The contest ends Sunday, August 24th at midnight.
There will be a Noonday Collection Mother/Daughter Show
hosted by Tracy and Margaret James Stephens
Monday, August 25th
2405 Ridge Crest Lane, Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35243
To create opportunites for others and earn rewards for yourself by hosting a show contact
Anna Colvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-305-7108
or to order online click the link below