If you don’t know already, one of my earliest passions within sustainable fashion was artisan goods. I noticed so many cultures were being stolen from, and crafts were copied over and over again. As a creator myself, I know how frustrating it is to be copied so I can only imagine how artisans who have had crafts and traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation would feel. Seeing fast fashion brands copy patterns to a t is absolutely unfair and wrong. In order to truly appreciate the work, we have to support the ones who created it. That’s why it’s important to have places like Ocelot Market where we can celebrate and enjoy the crafts while giving back to those who deserve it most.
Reasons to Love Ocelot Market
Brings Unique, Artisan Products to New Markets: From Argentina to Turkey, Ocelot Market works with many artisans all over the world. It’s a platform the celebrates the culture of the talented makers and designers. They travel the world to find high quality craftsmanship to make your closet more colorful! Plus, by selling directly to you online, Ocelot Market is able to avoid traditional industry markups.
For Women AND Men: I love when a curated marketplace includes both men and women. So many of you have husbands and partners to shop for, and you prefer to use your values when shopping for them, too. Finding ethical fashion for women is easy, for men, a little more difficult.
Shop by Country: Over the years, I’ve had several people ask me if I could categorize my posts by country. That's a lot of work, and maybe I’ll eventually get there, but Ocelot Market has made your request! It’s pretty interesting going through each country on their website - almost like you get a taste of their culture through the crafts, styles and colors.
What I’m Wearing
Turkish Kilim Rug Loafer: I’ve already been sharing these on Instagram because they are my new favorites!! Extremely comfortable and one-of-a-kind, these beauties are - you guessed it - made from a rug. They can make 5-10 pairs of shoes from one rug, and each pair will vary in color and patterns. I’ve worn these shoes almost everyday over the last few weeks, and the craftsmanship is truly amazing!! p.s. they make the Turkish loafers for men, too :D
Jiwe Pendant Necklace: Handcrafted with recycled brass by artisans in Kenya, SOKO jewelry is creating sustainable jobs with heritage practices. What’s even more cool about this line is how they empower the artisans through technology in order for them to have access to an entire world of consumers!
Where to Purchase
Sustainably Supported by Ocelot Market. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored