India is a beautiful chaos. Flashing colors. Blaring noises. Exuding culture. Somehow, she’s simultaneously a wild moment and a centering thought. Her façade is artistic and intricate, but resilience and strength fill her being.
While traveling to India to spend quality time with our Artisans and to shoot our introduction to fair trade clothing in the Endless Summer Capsule Collection, a kaleidoscope of moments of that unending resilience resurfaced over and over and over again:
“For generations, men in India have said women cannot earn money. But now, we are showing our daughters that they can be strong and independent,” with a smile on her face, Mosmeen spoke proudly. I’ve visited many of our Artisans around the world. However, India is the first place where our partners are so vocal about social and gender equality. This is what dignified jobs create: strong women and strong futures.
As I walked through bustling streets of Jaipur, swinging my arms, the small fringe tassel on the Endless Bracelet tapped my wrist. The gold accents are made of artillery metal from Cambodia’s war in the 1970s. Our Artisans have repurposed what was once made for destruction into a symbol of hope.
In India’s enveloping heat, the light, flowing Endless Dress proved it would become my go-to summer staple. With pockets to make sure I always have what I need for the journey and versatile black jacquard fabric, nothing feels better than clothes made in loving and safe environments.
With every new country I visit, I am moved by the human ability to preserve through their circumstances. India is a gorgeous but sometimes harsh land. Too many people live in poverty and are working in dangerous sweatshops. However, we are fighting back. By making this capsule collection for us, our Artisans are fighting back and creating a more hopeful future.
The red thread in the Endless Earrings is unapologetic and bold, much like the women who wove them together. Survivors who have been acid attacked in Cambodia mix the strong red thread with recycled artillery metal to earn a sustainable income. This income allows them to pay for reconstructive surgery after their attack and find emotional healing and purpose.
Even upon dusty, uneven roads of India, the padded leather of the Endless Sandals carried me forward. Wearing them, I felt comfortable and at peace knowing that each step was a step closer to justice for Indian Artisans like Veena, who earned a living wage for making the pair.
The weaving techniques used in Guatemala for our Endless Wristlet reach back for generations. Passed down when Artisans come of age, the tradition is unyielding to the test of time and technical advancements. In their small Guatemalan valley by the water, they create these wristlets, earn a sustainable income, and break cycles of poverty for their generations to come.
The Endless Summer Capsule Collection features 5 coordinating pieces from 3 countries: a dress and shoes from India, recycled artillery metal jewelry from Cambodia, and a wristlet from Guatemala.
A mother in India can keep her baby rather than relinquishing him to an orphanage out of desperation when we shop.
A woman who had been acid attacked can find physical and emotional healing through the income of these pieces.
A mother in Guatemala can send her 3 children to school because she has a job as an international Artisan and our partner.
Endless resilience. Endless Summer. Endless Hope.