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2016 Gifts That Give Series: rePURPOSE Accessories

Editor Note: Black Sheep Bride is excited to introduce the 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! From now throughout next month we will be sharing various product sponsored featured devoted to products that value supporting others and/or the environment. 1-dsc_6931-watermark rePURPOSE Accessories are more than a fashion brand, and much more than a typical social enterprise. They give back in every way possible. Their accessories (mostly headbands) are only made from used or ethical materials, to avoid putting money back into companies that use slave labor. By using recycled materials (such as fabrics, t-shirts, dresses, curtains, etc), they’re also keeping textile waste out of landfills. rePURPOSE Accessories are more than a fashion brand, and much more than a typical social enterprise. They give back in every way possible. Their accessories (mostly headbands) are only made from used or ethical materials, to avoid putting money back into companies that use slave labor. By using recycled materials (such as fabrics, t-shirts, dresses, curtains, etc), they’re also keeping textile waste out of landfills. All rePURPOSE Accessories are made by refugee women who have resettled in NY. Without the ability to speak fluent English, it is difficult for these women to find work. rePURPOSE Accessories has created a program that helps cross the language barrier, create unlikely friendships, and provide an opportunity to work from home.   2-dsc_1366 Once the products are sold, 100% of the profits are donated to The Exodus Road and Make Way Partners, two amazing organizations who prevent and fight against human trafficking. Raising awareness is another key purpose for the company. Speaking at colleges, churches and events is as much a part of the business as their products are. They share stories of trafficking victims, statistics on slavery and anecdotes of hope. They even share other ethical brands, because creating a world with conscience consumers is more important to them than profit. You can check out their complete ethical shopping guide on their website. The newest addition to rePURPOSE Accessories is the art therapy program for students with disabilities. At shows and events, the typical marketing materials are replaced by beautiful and colorful headband cards that were hand painted by these students. If you’re ready to support rePURPOSE Accessories, all you have to do is shop! If you’re searching for the perfect Christmas gift, there are so many options to choose from. You can find headbands for fitness, fashion or function. Launching this week are their brand new sweater ear warmers, which are made out of recycled sweaters and t-shirts. They are so cozy and comfortable you will never take them off.  3-dsc_6822 The holiday sparkle collection will return this week as well, with some old favorites and some new designs!  4-dsc_7003 There are still many products available from the fall collection, which consist of vintage florals, leather headbands and earrings, and fabrics from artisans in Guatemala and India.   5-dsc_4599 Their best sellers are the Yoga Tie-Wraps and Yoga Boho Wraps, which are made from soft recycled t-shirts. These wraps are so versatile they’ve discovered over twelve ways to wear them!  6-yoga-wraps If headbands aren’t your thing, check out their apparel collection. All shirts and sweaters are made from a company in the US that is sweatshop free and eco friendly. The apparel collection represents their mission to end slavery, love others and change the world.  7-dsc_6263 Don’t miss out on their huge Black Friday sale, starting at 12am on Friday. Check out rePURPOSE Accessories and grab the perfect goodies, just in time for the holidays!  Support refugees, fight to end human trafficking and raise awareness – just by purchasing a headband!  

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!