Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Five Accessories, an online store that grew out of its founders' desire to import handmade handbags and accessories from a Bali mountain village, now carries handmade purses and jewelry from global areas such as Bali, Honduras, Cambodia and India. The company recently started two income generating programs in Chicago under the new line called Off The Street. five ACCESSORIES supports grassroots efforts around the globe to aid under-privileged children by donating FIVE DOLLARS of every handbag sold and 15 percent of all other sales to each artisan's local cause.
The company began while Christine Hutchison and her husband, Wells, were on their honeymoon in Bali. While there, they met a Balinese tour guide who told them how much difference five dollars a month can make to a family in Bali. While admiring the beautiful handbags and jewelry made by local artisans, the couple had the idea to start five, a company that embodies both their entrepreneurial and philanthropic zeal. The mission of the company is to create income generating programs for individuals in need, donate a large portion of it's sales to worthy charitable causes and foster the use of sustainable material in fashion.
Five Accessories generously sent me an Off the Street Green and Brown Pop Top Bracelet to review.
Perfect recycled gift idea. A bracelet made from can pop tops and brown and green ribbon. Handmade by the vendors of StreetWise. Each item comes with the picture and story of the individual who made it. One size fits all wrists.
I am totally in love with the look of this bracelet. I’m a big fan of recycling and reusing, which is what the Off the Street project does.
StreetWise is a social enterprise designed to help severely impoverished men and women out of poverty. They publish a weekly magazine called StreetWise that the vendors purchase and then distribute at a profit.
five ACCESSORIES is working with StreetWise and its vendors to create handmade accessories using recycled urban "refuse," such as ticket stubs, bottle caps and similar items collected from the streets of Chicago. The Off the Street project generates income for participating StreetWise vendors.
Leticia Quinonez is a StreetWise Vendors making the pop top bracelets. Her personalized hangtag quotes, "Don't criticize the less fortunate, or you'll walk the same path yourself."
And now for the GIVEAWAY! THREE of you will win an Off the Street Green and Brown Pop Top Bracelet! *This giveaway is open to the US only!*
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Disclosure: I received a Pop Top Bracelet to review for free. No monetary compensation has been offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own.