Bangladesh Artisans

Patio season is here and we can’t get enough of it. Longer days mean longer evenings to spend outside with friends. As Canadians, these are the days we live for.

Here at Villages, we’re toasting the new season with refreshed fair trade accessories from around the world. With a contemporary wardrobe, it only takes a few key pieces to make any outfit feel perfect for the summer sunshine. The right necklace or earrings can make all the difference.

With that in mind, we asked people around the office to let us know what pieces they could not go without this summer.

Whirling Fortune Bracelet from Kenya

I keep coming back to this new bracelet. It’s simple and lightweight which is perfect for wearing in summertime but it’s also got this classic style that makes it a piece that will last for years. I love the mix of brass and copper metal and I think it adds a touch of something special to any outfit, whether you’re meeting friends for drinks or attending a wedding. This is modern and understated but it still has a visual interest that makes it stand out.

– Rebecca, E-Commerce Sales Manager

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Feather Light Necklace from India

I love this feather necklace from Asha in India! It is such a great statement piece for the summer that looks great with jeans and a black tanktop for dinner with a friend, or as part of a bolder outfit to wear to an amazing summer concert or festival.

Kristen, Purchasing and Collections Planning Manager

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Balance Earrings from Kenya

RS39986_4112810-Edited1080pI like the earrings from Bombolulu in Kenya.  They are perfect for summertime, and are wearable for day or night, depending how my agenda looks.

I love long earrings in summer, but it is not easy  to find  something that suits my size and compliments the shape of my face. I am 5’2”, and I have a smaller face and dark hair. This pair is light weight and the long shape ellipse works well for me.

This particular pair is a mix of metal: silver plated and brass, which is SO IN!  I love the metal work from Bombolulu – you can actually see the hammered work on each piece and can tell right away that each one is made very precisely.

– Diana, Product and Quality Assurance Specialist

Upcycled Silk Bracelet from India

Villages_0260I love bracelets that are light and colourful. My favourite this summer is the multi-strand bracelet made from discarded silk offcuts. Each one is unique, trendy and goes with almost any summer outfit!

– Emilia, Retail Operations Analyst

Whether you’re drawn in by the story or the style, we know you’ll find fair trade accessories at Ten Thousand Villages to make your summer extraordinary.

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