Fall Focus: The Gebeyew Scarf.

27Aug, 2014

Fall Focus: The Gebeyew Scarf.

We’ve got so many amazing styles in our Fall 2014 Collection, it’s too hard to pick a favorite. So we’re focusing on one style each week, highlighting our favorite things about each one!

First up: the Gebeyew scarf.

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The Gebeyew is our new online exclusive scarf, with an intricate starburst woven design, placing it at the top of our collection.  It’s available in a beautiful neutral hue with a safari grey base + ivory pattern, or in a rockin’ bright combo of hot pink + brazilnut brown. The combination of a lightweight base with the woven design creates an ideal medium weight scarf that will become a staple piece you never want to leave home without.

Gebeyew scarf |

And, like every fashionABLE product, this scarf is named after one of the heroic women we work with. Because of your purchase, Gebeyew is ABLE to feel a part of a community.

25Aug, 2014

The Fall 2014 Collection is Here!

fashionABLE Fall Collection 2014

Fall is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Get ready for the leaves to start changing, for pumpkin spice lattes,  and for lots of layering with our Fall 2014 Collection!

We are so proud of this lookbook, highlighting our beautiful new scarves as well as our leather line.  Flip through and let us know what your favorite new style is!


model photography: Blythe Thomas
Ethiopia photography: Esther Havens
styling: Jordan Duncan
models: Amanda Bantug, Rhian Bosci, Georgia Miller, Louisa Wendorff
production: Marisa Pardo
graphic design: Emily Keafer Lambright

18Aug, 2014

fashionABLE + ALT: Vote for your favorite!

fashionABLE + ALT Design Contest


Remember the Design Contest we ran last month with our friends at ALT? We got over 100 design entries, which is so incredible!!  It was SO difficult to choose which ten went to sample production, but we were so happy with the results from Ethiopia.  We received those samples last week, and our fashionABLE + ALT style teams narrowed it down to these 3 finalists!

And now it’s your turn.  From start to finish, we want the winning scarf to be a product of collaboration and community.  So first, help us choose!  Head here to VOTE for your favorite.  Then, help us spread the word and read below for some cool prizes if you do share. We’ve got a SHARE PAGE full of graphics + text that you can use to rally your friends to vote, too! The winning scarf will be announced when it goes on sale in 2 weeks through an exciting crowd – sourced collaboration (stay tuned!).


fashionABLE + ALT -- all 3 copy

Are you a blogger? If you blog about the contest & encourage your readers to vote, you’ll be entered in to WIN one of the winning scarves + a free ticket to the ALT summit conference in January! (email a copy of your blog post to to be entered in to win!) [ grab graphics here ]

15Aug, 2014

fashionABLE Favorite Summer Trends: Jumpsuits

fashionABLE favorite summer trends

We’re making the most of our summer style by celebrating the season’s best trends: from monochrome to midi skirts, Birkenstocks to the best beauty tricks. This week we’re wrapping it up with a way to make dressing as easy as possible. Enter: the jumpsuit.

jumpsuits | summer trends

Whether in the form of a short romper, a pair of classic overalls, or a long jumpsuit, this piece is a summer essential worth the investment. A simple, complete outfit all in one, the jumpsuit is versatile and can cut down on your wardrobe planning time. Just throw on a great pair of summer sandals (like our favorite Birkenstocks), and add easy accessories – we’d suggest a killer pair of sunglasses and a structured bag or clutch.

jumpsuits | summer trends

11Aug, 2014

Game Day Collection.

fashionABLE GAME DAY Collection |

It’s here! Our GAME DAY scarf collection has arrived just in time for football season. We took one of our most popular scarf styles, the Selam and combined your favorite campus colors. Now you can live fashionABLE as you show your spirit and cheer on your favorite team.

And like all of our products, this collection is creating sustainable opportunity in Africa.  So you can not only have school pride, but you can feel proud of your purchase making an impact across the ocean.

fashionABLE GAME DAY |

Available in both traditional and infinity style, check out the entire GAME DAY Collection to see if we have your colors!*

Game Day |

*We know not every campus is currently represented, but we’ll continue to add to the collection. So if you don’t see your school/university colors represented, let us know!

08Aug, 2014

fashionABLE Favorite Summer Trends: Summer Beauty

fashionABLE favorite summer trends

We’re making the most of our summer style by celebrating the season’s best trends. We’ve discussed some of our favorite styles, like birkenstocks & midi skirts. But Summer style isn’t just about clothing, so we thought today we’d share with you our favorite beauty looks for the season. summer trends

During the summer, we feel less is definitely more as far as hair and makeup is concerned. No one wants caked-on foundation dripping down their face, or to have to brave the hair dryer when the temps are already high. A simple, fresh face is all you need. We’d suggest a tinted moisturizer or BB cream – they provide enough coverage while remaining light and natural, and they also have the added bonus of SPF to protect you from summer rays. Add of splash of color to your face with a peachy blush, or contour with bronzer just below your cheekbones. Skip the eye shadow and opt for just mascara and maybe some winged liner. Add a swipe of lip balm or stain – we love a bright coral for this time of year for a final touch. For your nails — we love white polish this season, or a classic red if you’re looking for something brighter. Low buns are currently our go-to for hair; it’s easy and minimal, and works for all hair types. If you want to fake beach waves and add some texture (and a fresh, ocean smell!) , a surf spray is your best friend.

summer beauty

07Aug, 2014

Tote Essentials.

We shared last week some of our favorite items we’re keeping in our Mamuye tote. We asked some of our blogger friends to do the same… whether they’re taking their tote on a picnic, to the beach, or on the road….

What's in Your Tote |

Erin Loechner // //

Erin Loechner | fashionABLE Tote Summer Essentials

from Erin:

“As a working mama on the go, my tote is a constant rotation of random essentials. And although I’ve grown accustomed to being surprised by the contents of my bag on the regular (yesterday’s “present” from my toddler was a half-eaten carrot and some glue), I certainly have my standbys that continually make their way into my daily grind!:

Almonds – The perfect snack for fending off low blood sugar meltdowns from baby and mama.
Notebook / Pen – I always prefer to jot down ideas on paper rather than seeking my phone and getting sucked into the ever-distracting realm of social media.
Sunglasses – It is summer, after all!
Cash – There’s a cash-only hot dog stand that I simply refuse to turn down, so naturally, this is a must pack.
Lip Balm – I feel so much more put together with a swipe of color and moisture on my lips (even if I haven’t showered in a few days – eek!).
Stickers – Surely I’m not the only parent that relies on stickers to pass the time while waiting at the library, post office or DMV?
Scarf – I am always, always, always cold. A scarf’s a surefire way to keep me cozy in the air-conditioning and makes for an instant picnic blanket on a warm, sunny day!
Water – In an attempt to drink more water, I’ve been carrying a bottle everywhere.I.go. I’ll let you know if it’s helping. ;)
Sunscreen – My toddler has super fair skin, so reapplication on the go is a must. This stick makes it a breeze!”

>> Check out this beautiful Friday picnic Erin shared over on her blog, too — we spy her Mamuye tote + Mehari blanket!

Stephanie Duncan // //

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Stephanie loaded up her tote for a weekend getaway from Atlanta to Nashville to visit her sister, Mary (also one of our favorites!) Stephanie has amazing style — check out her post for more pics.

Megan Gilger // //

Megan Gilger | fashionABLE summer essentials

Megan spends her summers on the shores of lake Michigan, so her tote is full of beach essentials!
From Megan: “I love nothing more than owning a product that has a story deeper than the shelf on which it sits.”  Check out her post to see what she stores in her Mamuye.


And don’t forget — the Mamuye tote, the Tigist clutch & the Kalkidan wallet are all 25% off for back-to-school this week! Use promo code COOLFORSCHOOL through tomorrow!

06Aug, 2014

Meet Selam + Her New Scarf.

Every fashionABLE product is named after one of the heroic women we work with. That means every product has a story behind it. We love that when you order the Mamuye tote or the Niguse scarf, you can think about what the women are now ABLE to do because of your purchase (and that you, yourself, are ABLE to create opportunity!)

One of our most beloved scarf styles since the early days was the Etanesh Stripes scarf – a medium weight scarf with contrasting textured stripes that has become a staple in almost every season.  This scarf was originally named after Etanesh, who found the motivation to own her own business & continues to want to see her son, Abel, grow in character.

It’s normal and expected that not all of the women at our partners in Africa will continue working there forever.  Some move on to other trades and some move to other cities.  Since Etanesh is no longer working at our partner, Ellilta, and this is a style we believe is here to stay, we wanted this scarf to get a new name…  Meet Selam.


Selam grew up in Gondor with her mother, father and four brothers. Due to the poverty and pressure for an arranged marriage, she fled to Addis (the city) with hopes for a better life, at only 15 years old. When she arrived in Addis she worked for about 3 years as domestic help but then at age 18 she was introduced to the life of prostitution.

For almost the next 20 years of her life, Selam was caught in that life. She had two children, whose father she will never know. But those children, Tsigest (age 16) and Abraham (age 10), are now the pride of her life.

One of the most important things in her life now is the ability to be home every night to hug her children. In her previous line of work, she almost never got to see her children due to her schedule of working at night and sleeping during the day.

The change that the opportunity at fashionABLE has provided her is something Selam has a hard time putting into words. She said, “My joy cannot be expressed, I’m confident now and even my children have changed and they are proud of me and the work I am able to do”  Read more about Selam’s story and see the scarf named in her honor.

We are so excited to have such a staple scarf in our collection named after Selam.  Check back as new colorways launch in the Selam striped scarf this Fall — as well as the brand new GAME DAY Collection officially launching next week!


05Aug, 2014

We want YOU! Join the fashionABLE team.


We are currently looking for an EVENTS SALES COORDINATOR to join our team. This position would lead all offline, direct-to-consumer sales activity at live events as well as manage our Campus Representatives.

To learn more & apply, visit our JOB OPPORTUNITIES page.

fashionABLE team


04Aug, 2014

Back to School SALE – 25% Off Leather!


It’s August, y’all. How are we already here?  The good news is we’ve got a BACK TO SCHOOL promotion running all week that we hope will make the reality that summer is coming to a close a little less painful.
Whether you’re a college student headed back to campus, a teacher dusting off the lesson plans, or you’re just trying to avoid the back-to-school crazies at the mall, 25% off our best-selling leather items is a deal you don’t want to miss.

Yup — 25% off the Tigist clutch, the Kalkidan wallet, and the Mamuye tote all week long.  Just enter promo code COOLFORSCHOOL in your shopping bag, and you’ll be heading to school in style.

Extra credit? As always — enjoy free shipping on all orders over $80!

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