Since I first began looking for products for dignify (two years ago), there has been an explosion of fun, stylish, ethically made accessories on the market! My friend Robin, who manages the blanket operations in Bangladesh, noted that the tragedy in Rana Plaza has inspired a number of startups from consumers-turned-entrepreneurs who simply want more transparency in the chain of production.
It’s all great news for us! There are more amazing products for us to choose from as we continually curate dignify’s goodgoods.
Today, we’re launching a new line of cotton, patterned scarves, in a variety of colours. These scarves have been hand-crafted in India in an environment that focuses on empowering women through trade, as well as preserving traditional artisan practices.
I know, I know, scarves in summer… I just couldn’t wait to share them!
We love these leather, vintage-style schoolbag/briefcases from India! Not only do these bags fill my warehouse with amazing leather smells, I have to keep them tucked away in their dust-bags so that I don't just stare at them all day. Or collect them in my favourite colours.
The brilliance in the design of these bags is the access. There are three points of access, which allow them to look old school and classic, while functioning for the speed of today's lifestyle. #1 is the classic buckle. #2: on the top end of the buckle strap is a pop-off connection. #3 is the zipper on the back of the bag; it doesn't open to an extra pocket, it zips open to the main compartment of the bag, allowing you to easily pull papers, laptop, wallet, etc. in & out.
The air is fresh, the buds are growing (or blooming, or bloomed! It depends where you live...), and the longer days reveal the renewal of the earth for a season of growth. After a long winter with a newborn, I, for one, am welcoming it with open arms and a sigh of relief!
Dignify began carrying 31Bits last spring, after I discovered their gorgeous line of beaded jewellery made in Uganda. For dignify, as a curator of goods made with dignity, it is not enough for a product to have just a great story; it needs to appeal to women here in Canada and the USA, rivalling (or surpassing) any comparable, mass-produced item that’s available. 31Bits continues to impress me with their lines of fashion-forward jewellery, designed for a Western aesthetic, but built by women in Uganda who receive great value and dignity from their work.
I have been struck by many aspects of their excellent business, but foremost is my astonishment at how many different, beautiful, colourful, & unique items that they can design from their signature paper beads! Yes, each bead is made from long strips of recycled paper, wrapped by hand and finished with a water-based lacquer for durability. In many styles, the paper beads are complemented by tiny glass beads or other local materials, but I never would have imagined, from seeing the photos, that the variety of looks they create come back essentially to this process.
Started by a group of girlfriends in California in 2007, 31Bits has empowered many women of Uganda by providing the international marketing and sales opportunities for them to earn a sustainable, monthly income. They also use the profits to run numerous development programs, providing education & holistic care.
We love 31Bits’ Mission: Using Fashion & Design to Empower Women to Rise Above Poverty, and their Values: Love, Equality, Honesty, Quality, & Growth. And we love their goods! We will continue to carry their jewellery at dignify.ca & support their work.
Introducing... a collection of kantha blankets to meet the upcoming chill: The Crisp Collection.
I am loathe to say farewell to summer, but there is a freshness to the autumn which I adore.
Every time new blankets arrive, it really is a thrill! Pulling them out, one by one (or, if I'm being "helped" by my 2-year old co-worker, several at a time), and seeing the colours, the vibrancy, the unexpected pattern matches, and the sheer beauty of the blankets... it wows me each time.
Mother's Day is soon approaching on May 12th, and a blanket from dignify is an amazing gift for a mom - many of our blankets at Christmas went to moms and mothers-in-law, to very happy results!
Take a look below at some new Bloom blankets, or browse the entire collection of kantha quilts.
As I’ve mentioned, we live in a cold weather climate, and in many ways, this winter has felt like a version of hibernation. This season has been a time of planning, preparation, and rest. Now I am so thrilled to finally present the first phase of our store’s expansion into more depth and breadth of product offerings.
After my second amateur photo shoot (with much guidance and support from Shannon Yau Photography), I am in love with our new collection of kantha throws & quilted spreads!
See some of the photos from the collection below, or browse all of our kantha throws and spreads here.