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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!

Dressember : 31 Days 1 Dress Challenge

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and we have a lot planned to share how our BSB Vendors are using their businesses to serve others on one of the BEST DAYS of the YEAR! In honor of that we’re a few days early with this post, but we wanted to give everyone a head start to giving back and DECEMBER and introduce you all to what’s in store with Dressember this year! finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_bsb_189 finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_bsb_039 finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_bsb_087 finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_bsb_121 This will be my (Danielle here, Black Sheep Bride Founder) second year participating in Dressember and challenging myself to wear the same dress the entire month of December to help advocate and fundraise for human trafficking initiatives! Dressember is also a personal challenge for me, because as you might notice at the photos above (courtesy of Finny Hill Photography) I am a bit goofy and do much better taking photos vs. being the subject. HAHA! It also challenges me to be intentional about getting dressier than usual, because my normal everyday ‘uniform’ consists of jeans, t-shirt, messy-unbrushed-top-bun, and no makeup. I love participating in this event because it gives me an easy, ethical fashion-centric, opportunity to bring up a very touchy and hard topic: Human Trafficking. We have over 27 million people in bondage across the globe, with the average age of 12. Over 300,000 of those in bondage are children in the US, stolen or sold into the sex/slave trade right here on our own turf. My goal is to spark conversation and bring awareness to the amazing organizations fighting this battle on the front lines, like A21 Campaign and IJM. So for every day in December I am seeking out 31Day Sponsors, willing to support my #31Days1Dress Challenge. All you have to do is donate $20 to this fundraising page and I’ll be sure to tag you in my daily FB or IG post and thank you for your day sponsorship! Will you help me reach my goal of $650?   For only $20 Donation to my Dressember Fundraising Page you can SPONSOR A DAY in my #31Days1DressChallenge and receive a sweet air-hug, and gratitude-filled message on my social media posts for that day! DONATE $20 HERE! This year I was able to snag a fantastically ethical, and buttery soft, Carly Dress from LulaRoe and couldn’t have been more stoked about planning how to style this simple set up with a few creative add-on’s. Grateful to Heather for the dress and dotted leggingsKristen for the purple leggingsOliberte for the artisan made leather boots from Africa, and How We Soul for my favorite diamond shirt and plaid leggings. I also incorporated a few ethical and/or socially conscious items: black paper bead necklace from Take Heart, earrings from Meyelo, wooden accent necklace from Mata Traders, purple paper bead necklace from Watoto, and Tom’s Wedges. And all of the other remaining wardrobe add-on’s were already in my closet—> It’s amazing how creative you can get with a few basic pieces you already have. And I was taught by my dear wedding blogger sister-from-another-mister, Anna, you can never go wrong with a fat black buckle belt to bring it all together (including your post-childbirth waist line). Also incredibly grateful to Liz, of Finny Hill Photography, for capturing these images and encouraging my awkward silliness to shine through. I’m normally behind the camera, not in front of it, so you can imagine the struggle was real, for HER, and me.