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(above) Given Goods features fashion accessories for men and women offered by companies whose ethos are grounded in philanthropy. Each item on the site is accompanied by a little back-story highlighting where and by whom the item was created. Here are a couple of items I like from Far & Wide Collective – Hoop Earrings and a Triple Charm Necklace ($75 & $55, respectively). Artisans in Bombolulu, a Mombassa, Kenyan-based workshop crafted this lovely jewelry. The workshop was established to help empower physically disabled artisans the opportunity to earn a sustainable living through Fair Trade wages and practices.

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(above) Founded by artist Jen Moran, Greenola Style designs clothing and accessories in Chicago, Illinois and then ethically produces them in Bolivia and Kenya, empowering local women artisans to support themselves and their families. Check out this beautiful Chantal Infinity Scarf. Made of 100 percent Alpaca yarn, you can’t beat it for warmth and comfort: $79.50

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(above) Walk on the wild side with textile and leather footwear from Evan Struesand’s Fortress of Inca, where skilled Peruvian cobblers can earn fair wages and keep enduring traditions alive. The Lila Rose Fringe Boot ($180) Lulu Dahlia Tiesto ($175)

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Raven and Lily is a sweet site devoted to helping empower women around the world through design. (more…)