In addition to her thriving fashion label, Lauren Conrad is the co-founder of a growing global shop, The Little Market, which sells beautiful lifestyle accents, home décor, and fashion accessories made by artisans in developing nations. Today, Conrad and best friend Hannah Skvarla give us an exclusive first look at Little Market's new collection of embroidered throw pillows.
A change of season calls for a change of surroundings. Summertime has us wishing that we could pack our bags and escape to a beautiful, sunny getaway. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. However, it is possible to instantly transform your space without breaking the bank. Our secret: colorful, embroidered pillows from Mexico. Here's a first look at our new pillows from The Little Market.
We love how these pillows can transform any space by adding a pop of color while also creating a statement look. But our favorite thing about these embroidered pillows? They are fair trade! Each piece is handmade by the artisan group Bordadoras Unidas Arcoiris. We met with these artisans during our trip to Mexico for The Little Market last fall. Through their works of art, these women not only preserve the traditions of the Hidalgo people, but provide meaningful income for their families by doing something they love.
The beautiful embroidery on these pillows is inspired by the native plants and animals from the artisans’ origin. Each pillow is hand-sewn by the Hidalgo women, who have learned this technique from their mothers and grandmothers in Tengo, Mexico. By creating a warm and inviting place to gather, these pillows help set the tone for entertaining. We like the idea of bringing out the vibrancy of the pillows' colors with a bright rug.
You can also place them against a more minimalistic background and take over the show. Couches, chairs, benches, and even beds all work well as a blank canvas to showcase the pillows. Our favorite is below, but you can browse all the beautiful fair trade pillows and other products from around the world at The Little Market.