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The Amias Project: The Barabaig Tribe of East Africa

I found out about the Amias Project and the Barabaig tribe about two years ago as a result of a Google search for something relatively unrelated.  Below is an excerpt from the Amias Project website about the organization, their mission, and the Barabaig tribe:

“For centuries, the nomadic Barabaig tribe of East Africa has roamed the plains and savannas, adorning themselves with beautiful rings, bracelets, and jewelry. Through the Amias Project, the Barabaig now want to send their beautiful things and their stories around the world.

On one return to Tanzania, Nichole Smaglick, founder of Amias and Another Land, was reunited with a wise, old Barabaig woman named Udada. She gave Nichole a bracelet and told her, “When you go home, use this to tell others about me.” With that, the idea of Amias was born.

Since then, the project has mobilized over 200 Barabaig men and women in central Tanzania to design and craft jewelry and handbags inspired by traditional fashions. The project aims to uplift and empower traditional culture. It also helps generate significant income and educational opportunities for disadvantaged communities.

Amias and its fair trade mission have allowed families to find stability in a region wracked by hardship and frequent drought. More parents now send their children to school, and they have enough food in times of need. They are increasing their livestock and making plans for the future.

Amias, in the ancient language of the Barabaig, means “beautiful.” So when wearing Amias jewelry or handbags, always remember that you are wearing hope, the story of the Barabaig, and something beautiful.”

*Photocredit: The Amias Project


New Arrival: Leigh & Luca Scarf

I purchased a gorgeous L&L grey cotton silk silver rose fringe scarf via my Bluefly store credit. So amazingly lovely =)! Their scarves never disappoint! Just call me scarf girl; I’m nuts over scarves. Leigh & Luca scarves are some of the best I own because they are really versatile (generous dimensions). The many ways they can be worn or used:
The Boho
The Jedi
The Whiplash
The Loop
The Jesse James
The Josh
As a cover
As a wrap
As a beach blanket
As a sarong
etc (Just visit their website for the cute illustrations)
Lovveee it <3! *Photocredit: Bluefly [gallery]

Looking for a New Chic Scarf?

Look no further; Leigh & Luca‘s Bird Toile, Flowers & Trees, Doves, and many other lovely patterns are sure to inspire and delight! I recently purchased a Flower & Tree in grey; really excited to wear it (with its vibrant contrast flock prints against neutral grey). Will definitely liven up most any outerwear one may pair it with. Have a look; visit their site!

*Photocredit: Leigh & Luca

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Sophie Digard is a Scarf Lover’s Dream

Sophie Digard’s scarves and accessories are gorgeous! They are like art. There are very few places that carry her scarves, bags, and accessories… I don’t know why? For Sophie‘s fans, the stores in New York or online are:

Bloomingdales (Soho, NY, not sure if the flagship store on East 59th. Street carries them?)

Saks Fifth Avenue (Rockefeller Center NY)

www.anthropologie.com

*www.pedshoes.com

*http://frenchneedle.com/

*Great Stuff (Chappaqua, NY)
3 South Greeley Avenue
Chappaqua, NY 10514
914-238-0057

(*) Means these are your best bets. I would definitely welcome comments regarding other locations- please don’t hesitate to send me a note. Thanks!