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Gifts that Empower Mothers

by Sica Schmitz | Posted on April 29 2016

It's almost Mother's Day and I am so excited to be sharing ways to honor all mothers. 

80 - 85% of garment workers around the world are women - mothers - so when we talk about changing the fashion industry, we are talking about changing the lives of mothers. And when we change the lives of mothers, we change the lives of everyone.

Study after study has shown that when you invest in women, they typically invest 90% back into the health, nutrition and education of their families (as opposed to just 30-40% for men). That's a great investment! And one of the best ways to invest in women in by providing them with the opportunity for safe, fair employment. 

With only 2% of apparel companies sourcing from suppliers that pay living wages, at Bead & Reel we are passionate about helping our customers find styles that empower women - both the women who make them and the women who wear them. On all of our products you can look for labels like Fair Trade, Empowers Women, and Female Founder to connect with styles that create positive ripples of change. 

With this in mind, we've put together some of our favorite styles for mothers that empower mothers.  

Fair Trade Gifts for Mom
Mothers and Babies of Fair Trade


Fair Trade Anena Beach Bag | The Catrinka Project

Anena Beach Bag | The Catrinka Project - $80

Seed to sewn in Uganda from locally grown cotton, this bag is the result of a partnership with One Mango Tree, an organization that provides sustainable employment and training for women in Uganda, including those in displacement camps, victims of war, and former combatants.

Fair Trade Print Pillow Cases - The Peace Exchange

Print Pillow Cases | The Peace Exchange - $25

These colorful pillow cases are handmade through a program in The Democratic Republic of the Congo to empower women and help fight the crisis in the Congo by focusing on education and sustainability through Fair Trade. 


LVR Organic Yoga at Bead & Reel

Organic Cotton Sports Bra | LVR - $33

Designed by a new mom and Made in America, this essential organic cotton sports bra encourages an active lifestyle.

Organic Fold Over Leggings | LVR - $68

With a long fold over waist for modest coverage and a hand dyed print, these organic leggings are Made in America and give back to Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. 

Open Baguette Bangle Bracelet - Rachael Ryen Jewelry

Open Baguette Bangle Bracelet | Rachael Ryen Jewelry - $88

This dainty bracelet looks good with everything, and gives back to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a cause that is close to the designer's heart. 



Maria Elena Necklace | Hands Producing Hope

Maria Elena Necklace | Hands Producing Hope - $52

Not just a pretty necklace, each seed is hand picked by women in a program for marginalized individuals in Costa Rica.

Vegan Amina Clutch (Limited Edition) - Elkarti

Limited Edition Amina Clutch | Elkarti Morocco - $265

Uniquely one-of-a-kind clutches, each vegan bag is handcrafted by Moroccan women artisans using renewable raffia leaves which are collected, dried, and sewn into limited edition handbags.  

Happy Mother's Day!


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