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2016 Gifts that Give Series: Oliberté

Editor Note: Black Sheep Bride is excited to continue our 2016 Holiday – Gifts That Give Series devoted to sustainable, charitable, eco friendly and/or artisan made products to gift your friends and family this holiday season! This December we will be sharing various product sponsored features devoted to products that value supporting others and/or the environment. (BONUS: COUPON CODE AT THE BOTTOM) 15250938_10154781449523624_3900835526941139554_o Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. They believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing right by all. This means making premium quality products with a lifetime warranty, and it means treating every employee, everywhere in the world, with respect. In 2009, Oliberté started off as a small footwear company partnering with factories and suppliers in Africa. Since then, they gained enough momentum to launch their very own factory in 2012. They make every single pair of Oliberté shoes at this factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In September 2013, they also became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory. 14068409_10154448411308624_9039591462161685559_o14054486_10154448411208624_4558287845382966483_o In 2016, Oliberté embarked on a project to combat the debilitating disease Podoconiosis, a condition that causes swelling and extreme discomfort to the lower extremities due to constant exposure to irritating dirt. This condition is very widespread in areas with volcanic soil such as Northern Ethiopia. Treatment is as simple as covering your feet to limit exposure to these soils, so they took their successful factory model to a small town 300 km north of Addis Ababa in the hopes of strengthening a local economy, and providing a steady supply of reliable shoes to limit the spread of this terrible condition. Oliberté is still very early in this project, but they are proud to say this project currently employs 10 workers from the area and creates 900 shoes a month for local distribution. image5-768x461 14231407_10154520746253624_1433096101994466272_o 14976439_10154692411858624_6977605003684223720_o And they don’t just offer gnarly leather shoes, they also make leather bags, purses and wallets for everyone in your inner circle! 15369204_10154791639898624_8667466310308272519_o They even have your baby covered with a selection of colorful moccasins and artisan made toys too. 523_2304_medium Go grab some sustainable kicks today and make sure to use the code: ‘holiday15′ to save 15% off your order! VISIT THEIR SHOP and you will be blown away with all of the amazing options to choose from! They would be even be the perfect addition to your engagement photo outfits or wedding day style planning!

Wedding Party Gifts that Give Back: rePurpose Accessories

When you are planning a wedding there are always so many opportunities to coordinate fun and exciting looks for your wedding party festivities! From your wedding shower, to bachelorette/bachelor parties, to rehearsals to honeymoons… You have lots of chances to shower love on your gals (or guys) with gifts and we thought rePurpose Accessories would be a lovely add-on to your growing ethical & sustainable wedding purchasing to-do list! rePURPOSE Accessories is an ethical company that creates fashionable accessories made from mostly used clothing. They employ local women to help create their products, which are sold for the sole purpose of raising money for Make Way Partners and The Exodus Road. 100% of their profits support unadoptable orphans in war torn areas of Sudan, and also fund undercover investigators and their covert equipment to stop underage sex trafficking internationally and in America. As they grow, they continue to find ways in every aspect of their business to make a difference. In fall of 2015 they expanded their collection with a new fair-trade t-shirt line. These t-shirts support workers in Cambodia by providing fair wages, good working conditions and health care. In early 2016 they also launched a refugee work program in Syracuse, NY, employing three refugee women to make some of their products. This will help them earn extra money while creating lasting and empowering relationships with other women in their situation. They are also available to make custom pieces for bridal parties on their wedding days or for gifts for the bridal party that are ethical and give back to the organizations that they support. unnamed-57 Loving their head wraps/bands and what a perfect add-on to the bridesmaid’s day-of look, that will also be empowering someone else’s life along the way! unnamed-58 Photos above courtesy of Lauren Harrienger Photography We are also really in love with their amazingly empowering t-shirt options! Perfect for engagement shoots, or daily wedding planning adventures, especially fun when you dress it up with one of their turbans/ head bands! Grateful to rePurpose for sending us a few of their amazing products to rock out as well! We love it when we can advocate for brands like theirs, in person, as well as online! unnamed-55   unnamed-59 unnamed-60unnamed-56 Photos above courtesy of Jovial Photography For more information on ways to score your rePurpose Accessories for your wedding party or just daily living, visit their website here!  

Jewelry with Purpose- Inspiration for Weddings that Give Back

Every bride needs a little bling to fancy up her wardrobe.  These beautiful accessories are fair trade or socially conscious so you can wear them knowing that you are making a difference in the world. Jewelry Inspiration   1. Collective Habit– Leather High Contrast Necklace, $69. Offers a variety of fair trade products. 2. Fashion Conscience– Aqua Petal Ring, $12.  Committed to offering only fashion forward, ethical designers. 3. People Tree – Taja Crescent Earrings, $12.  Pioneers in the fashion industry for fair trade and environmentally sustainable fashion. 4. Fair Indigo– Brass Chevron Necklace, $35. Sells a collection of accessories that are stylish and sustainable and the means to a happy, healthy life for many. 5. Alex and Ani– Whole Heart Charm Bangle, $28.  Committed to building a culture that focuses entirely on mindful actions, selling products made in the US. 6. Ethical Gifts- Silver Spiral Bracelet, $68. Sells Fair trade and eco friendly products.