Color Up Your Spring: Orchid.

17Apr, 2014

Color Up Your Spring: Orchid.

Now that Spring is in full swing, we wanted to walk you through some of our favorite pieces in this season’s collection!

First up is the 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid -- Pantone Color of the Year 2014

You could get your mom an actual orchid for Mother’s Day… but we all know that flowers only last so long.  Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered!  Here are a few scarf styles with Orchid in our Spring Collection…

Frehiwot – bold sections of orchid & seafoam interspersed with sky blue stripes.


Genet – solid textured scarf. this one is all orchid, baby!

Genet_Orchid Etanesh Stripes – orchid stripes on a mist grey base.

Etanesh Stripes

Anchinalu — rose red, orchid, & jade green stripes on a natural scarf.


Pssst — We’re offering FREE SHIPPING until Mother’s Day on all orders over $50. Just use the code YOURMOM as the promo code in “my shopping bag” when you’re checking out, and get your mom a little somethin’ stylish!

08Apr, 2014

Style Your Scarf Episode 17: Spring 2014

Happy Spring!

We filmed this video a few weeks ago, when spring weather was just wishful thinking.  But we are so glad to report that the sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and our Spring Collection is here to add some color to your closet!

Our resident fashionABLE stylist Amber is back for another episode of our Style Your Scarf videos. She’s joined by our founder, Barrett, who also gives us an update on the women in Ethiopia…

26Mar, 2014

Inside our First Partner: Ellilta Products.

Our friends at Mocha Club recently sent Char Beck and Matt Wertz on the Mocha Club Experience: a 10 day adventure around Africa to check-in on all of their project partners.  They are releasing a new video every week, highlighting the different people & places they visited.

One of their stops was Ellilta Products, our first scarf-weaving partner in Ethiopia.  In this video, Char + Wertz take us inside Ellilta – and you’ll see some familiar faces… Mulu, Meselu, Feleku, Eden, Meseret, and Anchinalu are just some of the ladies who make an appearance in this episode.

 (head over to the Mocha Club Experience page to see all of the #mochaclubexp videos!)

fashionABLE Mocha Club Experience scarf

We teamed up with Mocha Club to make the exclusive coffee-dyed scarf you saw in the video.
And there’s 2 ways to get it:
Buy the scarf for $30 in the Mocha Club store.
Join Char + Wertz for as little as $9/month and get the scarf for FREE.

07Mar, 2014

Which scarf is YOUR fave?

In honor of International Womens Day, our partners at the ONE Campaign have some new exclusive fashionABLE scarves on their hands. And, they want your help choosing a favorite! So take a look at the colors, and then vote below.

We may be a little biased, but we don’t think you can go wrong with these new styles & colors.

Spring Scarves

05Mar, 2014

Come intern with us!

Do you have plans this summer? We have internships available, and we’d love for you to come join in on the fun!

Each intern applies to and specializes in a specific department, though we highly value a collaborative team environment and there is often overlap in departments + responsibilities. You’ll learn the ins and outs of sustainable business and receive valuable hands-on experience in how fashionABLE runs! Oh, and have the time of your life, too. Positions are unpaid, and interns must provide their own housing arrangements and transportation to & from the office.

You can download the application HERE, and submit it to  Applications are due Friday, March 14th. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


{It’s absolutely freezing in Nashville right now, but we’re already daydreaming about popsicles & Friday Funday.}

26Feb, 2014

Update from Barrett

Meselu + Eyob

As opportunities to grow our product line come about, our core commitment to women will always be our primary focus.  Of course we provide opportunity to all, but our primary focus is working to provide opportunity to vulnerable women.  The original business we work with in Ethiopia is Ellilta Products, which works with women who have been rehabilitated from the streets.  They are bringing on three new women to weave in the coming month, and that growth is always so exciting… but the big picture is the reminder that these three women represent redeemed lives.  AWESOME.  Soon we’ll get to meet some more of the women, but today we wanted to update you on one of the first three women we worked with.

Meselu’s son, Eyob

When we started fashionABLE, I met the first three women that would be weaving, and one of them was a woman named Meselu. For a reminder of Meselu’s story, click here.  I loved that her gentle spirit also came with a deep sense of confidence, and the strength of a mother.  After hearing her story, we talked through what her ABLE statement would be, and she agreed that it would be this – Because of you, I am ABLE to send my son Eyob to school.  So this update from Ian Bentley, on the ground in Ethiopia, was definitely a full circle moment for me.  Be sure to check out the report card at the bottom.

Ian Bentley, from Ellilta, reported this:  “This morning Brittany and I walked into the office at Ellilta Products where we produce scarves and Meselu grabbed us and told us she had something to show us.  The smile on her face was huge and I honestly had no idea what to expect.  Meselu then handed me Eyob’s, her 8 year old son, report card.  I looked down at the bottom where it said “Rank” and it said “1/44″. Yep, 1st in his class!  Here is a mother, a single hard working mother, who just a few years ago had to work the streets to provide for Eyob.  Now she has a good job that has given her dignity and opportunity to work hard during the day and be home with her children at night.  She is not only thriving, but her son is at the top of his class and has huge potential.”

Awesome.  That fills up my gas tank for a long time coming.



08Jan, 2014

We love our Campus Reps!

We are so thankful for the people who help us spread the word about who we are & what we’re doing at fashionABLE. So, we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our amazing Campus Reps, who spread the word about fashionABLE on their campuses across the country!


Blair Pettit


School: Vanderbilt University

Hometown: Southaven, MS

Favorite scarf: Eden

Although the Eden is my favorite scarf, I have also always loved the Genet scarf because of the powerful story behind it. Genet is now able to be the mother she wants to be for her two daughters because of fashionABLE. She no longer has to turn to prostitution or drugs to provide for her family. Simply by buying a scarf, women like Genet can have jobs so that they don’t have to turn to these sad, destructive ways to provide for their families.  I could not be more honored to be a campus rep for fashionABLE. It’s such an opportunity to be able to share this story and many others with the Vanderbilt community!


Kaybria Johnson


School: Mary Baldwin College

Favorite scarf: Genet (gunmetal grey & scarlet)

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

fashionABLE is unlike other social enterprises because they truly are committed to their goal to create opportunities for vulnerable women. I saw this through everything fashionABLE does and wanted to be a part of such an empowering community, which is why I became a campus rep. So far, from the mini-parties I threw on my campus to the Google Hangouts with Barrett, I’ve really enjoyed my experience as a campus rep!



Alex Strohm345

School: Oklahoma State University

Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK

Favorite scarf: Bezuayhu

A year ago, my mom received a fashionABLE scarf for Christmas from one of her friends.  When she brought the gift home, I thought the scarf was beautiful.  But it wasn’t until I decided to look up Bezuayhu’s story that I started to really understand the beauty of a fashionABLE scarf. Her story struck a chord with me – Bezuayhu was 19 years old when she began working with fashionABLE. I had just turned 19 that December. I am lucky enough to have two loving parents who have supported me my whole life, through high school and now in college.  Yet, across the ocean there is a girl just like me who lost her parents and was encouraged to work instead of going to school – a girl who lost a dream of education and her dignity because she didn’t have a choice.  It made me sick to think of Bezuayhu’s struggle and other women who were in similar situations. However, because of fashionABLE, these women are able to have jobs and find dignity in their work.  They finally have a choice.



Samantha Milne347

School: The Rivers School

Hometown: Wellesley, MA

Favorite scarf: Seble

One day, I was sitting at the beach at the most eastern point of Massachusetts, looking out at the ocean. I checked my phone and saw that Minka Kelly was tweeting about FashionABLE. I was intrigued. I looked up the company and realized I could help another woman in need even though she lived worlds away and far beyond my horizon line. You see, my family had visited Africa the previous summer, so I had seen firsthand the limitations that women endure there. fashionABLE’s mission really resonated with me – and I wanted to get involved. As campus rep, it is my hope that I can continue to tell others about fashionABLE, just like Minka did for me, which is why I am more than thrilled to represent at my school this year.


Ashley Heslin349

School: University of Missouri-Columbia

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Favorite scarf: Eden

When I came upon the story of fashionABLE, I was immediately drawn to this amazing cause. I was intrigued by the idea of helping women create business, instead of just donating money to a cause. I thought it was a very innovative idea. I was always told, “If you give a man a fish he will eat a meal, but if you teach him to fish he will eat for a lifetime.” I think this speaks to what fashionABLE has done. By giving the women occupations and teaching them skills, they can work and provide for themselves and their families for years to come. By purchasing a fashionABLE scarf you are ABLE to make a big difference in the life of the very person who created your scarf by providing her with a sustainable way to succeed.


Layna Lovelady353

School: University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

Hometown: Madison, MS

Favorite scarf: Etanesh Stripe

I have always loved the story behind Meseret’s time at fashionABLE. She was able to escape prostitution after so many years of being trapped in that lifestyle and is still able to praise God. During her journey to recovery, she found the Lord, and because of this relationship with God, she is now able to love others the way He calls us to. Her story gives me hope and encouragement about the work that fashionABLE is doing in Ethiopia. She encourages me to love others more no matter the circumstances.


Allison Clark355

School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hometown: Beatrice, NE

Favorite scarf: Etanesh Stripe

I am absolutely in LOVE with fashionABLE — not only the products, but everything fashionABLE does to support Africans and their families! When I received my scarf, there was a hand-written note saying “Because of you, I am ABLE to see my son, Abel, grow in character.” I love the fact that I get the chance to make a difference every time I purchase a fashionABLE product. By being a fashionABLE campus rep, I have been able to share the women’s stories and get others interested in making a difference with me. I am completely honored to be a part of such an incredible, strong and giving program. Also, did I mention that I am obsessed with my Tigist leather clutch? Check it out!


{To learn more about our Campus Rep program, please click here.}

11Dec, 2013

Nashville: Where Fashion Meets Purpose.

Dark Gray - MailChimp - Event Logo Nashville

We are excited to announce that on Wednesday, December 18th, we will be teaming up with Nisolo, Red Earth Trading Co., Miriam Designs, and Mission Lazarus Inc. to co-host a special event in celebration of the purpose behind some of Nashville’s favorite emerging brands.

This all day event will last from 9:00am to 8:00pm and will be featuring each of the brands’ favorite holiday items. Feel free to stop by and visit with friends over a cup of coffee early in the day or a glass of wine in the evening. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to knock out some quality Christmas shopping while supporting some tremendous Nashville brands.

Time: Wednesday, December 18th, 9:00am-8:00pm
Location: Nisolo HQ in Germantown
Address: 100 Taylor St., Suite 20A, Nashville, TN, 37208

{you can get more details & view the event page HERE.}

Check out the below images and links to learn more about each of the brands that will be represented at this special event!



Nisolo 3


Red Earth Trading Co 2


Miriam Designs 1

Mission Lazarus 1


19Nov, 2013

The Giving Suite.

We were honored to speak about fashionABLE and The Giving Suite on Nashville’s local news channel, WSMV, yesterday. The Giving Suite is a holiday shopping event put on by CAA that allows Nashvillians to shop with a purpose.

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We feel lucky to be there amongst such good company… The Giving Suite is the perfect opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done and to support such amazing causes. We would love to see you there on Friday!


giving suite

13Nov, 2013

spring internships: join us!


What are you doing this spring? We’d love for you to join the fashionABLE as an intern. You’ll learn the ins and outs of international business, production, design, & more! And we have a pretty fun office environment, too.

You can download the application HERE, and submit it to  Applications are due Monday, November 18th, so jump on that application!! We’re looking forward to meeting you.

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