Sustainably Chic

Ethical Jewelry Helping Women & Families in Costa Rica & Rwanda

Fashion, Fashion Pt. 3Natalie Kay

Hands Producing Hope

I've always felt their name says it all...

Hands Producing Hope is providing dignified work, education and {of course} hope to women artisans and their families in Nkombo Island, Rwanda and Coppey Abajo, Costa Rica. They take the 'sustainable' approach to their mission by offering 'economic, educational, and spiritual resources necessary to empower remote communities to rise above poverty'. This is one of the first brands I encountered after starting Sustainably Chic almost three years ago. It's been amazing to watch them grow and expand to allow for more workers and opportunities. I have several of their pieces, and I'm excited to add more to my collection with their new Spring line! 

During a 6 month stay in Costa Rica back in 2010, Rebecca {the creator of HPH} realized the discrimination and hardships the native Guaymi people faced. After visiting the Coppey Abajo reservation and learning these women had a passion for creating, Rebecca felt inspired to help their community. In 2012, Hands Producing Hope began, and a few years later, in 2016, they expanded to include a group of artisans in Rwanda. What I love most about this brand {besides the beautiful jewelry & accessories} is their commitment to improving their workers' lives. It's not just about the job, it's about their quality of life - making this brand truly sustainable. 

To share some of their jewelry with you.. {I know you are going to love the colors!} 

The Naia Necklace is handmade by Faustina & Maria Elena, and features a single lagrima de San Pedro with glass beads and two bronze bars. The pink is perfect for this time of year and pairs well with the matching color Sonia Bracelets. These bracelets {one of their very first products!} come in several spring-friendly colors, and are handmade by Marcelina, Sonia, Virginia & Xinia.

The Radiance Necklace can be worn several different ways - wrap it around two or three times to get the look you want. I'm sure you will be seeing more photos of this piece worn differently on my instagram in the future ;) I paired it with the Oro Bracelets to complete the look. I think these pieces together give your outfit an elegant touch. Don't you think? 

Last, but not least, the Isla. This stunning blue adds a nice pop to your Fair OOTDS. If you want to make it a set, add some Splendid Strands

To shop their entire collection click - here - & stay up-to-date with all their new jewelry and accessories on Instagram