You may know Lauren Conrad from her LA-based reality series The Hills, but the on-screen personality is making moves in distant corners of the world with her global shop, The Little Market, which sells beautiful lifestyle accents, home décor, and fashion accessories. With her partner and friend Hannah Skvarla, Conrad launched The Little Market in hopes of connecting artisans in developing countries creating traditional crafts with customers worldwide. But what draws the duo to the groups they work with? Read below for a personal story from the co-founders about their new cotton towel collection from Ethiopia to find out.
The Little Market Orange Striped Hand Towel ($30)
It is statistics like these that remind us of why we started The Little Market. With every product on our site, our goal is to create a sustainable source of income to support the artisans and their families. All of our pieces are handmade by artisans who are paid a living wage for their work.
The Little Market Blue Striped Towel ($60)
In an interview with the Huffington Post, "Women Hold up Half the Sky," Nick Kristof spoke about the power of educating girls and providing employment opportunities for women in working toward social justice: "If one wants to address environmental issues; if one wants to chip away at global poverty; if one wants to reduce the threat of civil conflict and terrorism; then there are no quick fixes to any of these problems. But in general, educating girls around the world, and bringing those educated women into the labor force, tends to work better than just about anything else." The artisans' crafts are exquisite, and there are customers who are seeking out purchases that are not only beautiful, but that also support the artisans in becoming self-sustaining. The Little Market brings them together.
The Little Market Purple Striped Hand Towel ($30)
The Little Market Turquoise Striped Hand Towel ($30)
We feel so honored to be working with the immensely talented artisans of Woven Promises. We hope you love their impressive work as much as we do!