We announced the big news yesterday — that we are now a LOCAL + GLOBAL company! Our local line, called the Miriam Collection, is full of beautiful jewelry hand-made in Nashville, TN. And one of our favorite new pieces in this collection is the Miriam Ring Trio— designed by 2 of our jewelry makers, Barbara and Melissa, along with FASHIONABLE friend Minka Kelly.
Minka has been walking alongside FASHIONABLE for the past 6 years as we’ve grown our impact and product line. She has visited Africa twice, and even helped to design a beautiful leather pouch that launched earlier this year. As we’ve expanded our impact to now working with women locally, Minka came to Nashville to visit this summer to hear about how the business is growing and meet some of the women that are making the new jewelry line — known as the Miriam Collection. Two of the jewelry-makers, Barbara and Melissa, taught Minka a few things about making jewelry, and together they designed the Miriam Ring Trio.
The Miriam Ring Trio is composed of 3 rings, each made from 18 gauge 14/20K rose gold: a stacking ring, a double-v shapeable ring, and a v midi ring.
For the last 5 years, we’ve been focused on creating sustainable business in Africa. We originally started with a group in Ethiopia, now called Ellilta Products, who we helped begin a business and teach women transitioning out of the commercial sex industry how to weave beautiful scarves. Then over the next few years we began expanding both our business model and our product line. Where women often lack opportunity, we identified other groups in both Ethiopia and Kenya to partner with, looking for those who were employing women with fair wages and fair hiring practices.
All along, our motivation has been that we believe the solutions to ending poverty lie in creating economic opportunity, and that lasting change happens when we move beyond charity and focus on creating jobs that promote dignity.
And the next big step in our future is expanding that work back to the U.S. Alongside you, we have continued to grow our impact, which is now expanding to working with women, both locally and globally, who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to homelessness to addiction to a lack of opportunity. Every one of us understands what it means to overcome, and we are all ABLE to find purpose in the work we do.
Our role is working with women, both locally and globally, who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to homelessness to addiction to a lack of opportunity. We are starting our local work in Nashville, TN where we are headquartered. We found that many of the women hear faced the same challenges of finding employment post recovery. So, take a moment and shop our new LOCAL line — the Miriam Collection — jewelry hand-made in Nashville, TN
There’s something about the routine of August and Back to School that we miss. Shopping for a new outfit and stocking up on pens and notebooks. Gearing up for a fresh start and a new schedule. A chance to step out and meet new people and take risks. Whether you’re moving into the dorm or jumping on a school bus, we wish all of you headed back to school a wonderful year!
And college students? We have two products that we created with you in mind!
The Sorority Bar Necklace— As recruitment week wraps up all over the country, we know you’re so excited to sport your new Greek letters! These are custom-stamped here in Nashville by the local women we work with, and make great gifts for Bid Day, Big Sis / Lil Sis, Initiation, and holidays!
Our Game Day Scarf Collection — Find your school colors and look good supporting your team all over campus, from the stadium to the study hall. Each scarf is hand-woven in Ethiopia from 100% Ethiopian cotton.
And, for the rest of the month, get $10 off when you purchase both a
Game Day Scarf + a Sorority Bar Necklace with coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL.
ps — the Mamuye Tote also works great as your every day bag — sturdy enough to carry your laptop + books between classes!
Are you a leader on your campus? Do you love outfitting your friends in quality accessories, and also care that your products were made with purpose and integrity? Then WE NEED YOU!! Apply to be a Campus Rep, and you can get bulk discounts for your chapter, and earn credit for yourself!
Fall is on the horizon, which means it won’t be long ’til we start breaking out our scarves and boots. But this summer has brought us some fun trends that we’re really loving this year.
Here are a few of our favorites to keep you looking cool during these warmer days…
Whether it’s in your hair, around your neck, or tied around your leather bag, a bright bandana adds the perfect pop of color without adding a ton of weight on hotter days.
And did you know our Selam Square Scarf also doubles as a bandana?
You don’t have to be working on the farm to rock a good pair of overalls. we love ’em as shorts or in the classic long version paired with a cute tank.
There’s nothing better on hot, sticky, days than light, flowy pants. from prints to solids, a good pair of these pants will be your best friend this summer!
DRESS + SNEAKERS
A little bit of party up top with business on the bottom. sometimes you just need a functional pair of sneakers that can get you where you’re going. we’re loving the white shoe trend as well!
We share the same values with our friends at Miriam Designs in how we work with women. fashionABLE focuses on employing vulnerable women in Africa, and Miriam employs women in Nashville, TN who have survived lives of addiction. We both know that the solutions to poverty lie in creating jobs, not charity. And the beautiful thing about these bundles is that they are creating hope + opportunity for women both here + there… across the street and across the ocean.
This summer we expanded that jewelry line to now include the ABLE cuff and the ABLE ring — 2 more beautiful reminders to celebrate the ABLE in us all.
If you order an ABLE scarf with any piece of ABLE jewelry, you qualify to get 10% off with the coupon code: ABLEbundle
Last week felt a lot less like work and a lot more like a party over here at fashionABLE HQ! Our sweet friend Minka Kelly paid us a visit to see our new office and help dream up ideas for an exciting project we will be announcing next month (we can hardly wait to share!).
Upon her arrival Wednesday morning, we gathered around the table with some yummy pastries from one of our favorite local bakeries and had some much needed catch-up time. We got to hear about how she fell in love with fashionABLE (a story we could listen to over and over again) and her desire to see women of all cultures and backgrounds thrive.
One of the many things we love about Minka is that she is so down to earth and personable. After she told us a little bit about her story, she couldn’t wait to ask us about our stories—every single one of us. This woman is a total girl’s girl and her heart to see women feel valued and empowered is contagious! If you can’t tell by now, we are so Team Minka and we are ecstatic over the fact that she is so Team fashionABLE!
It was such a joy to set our work aside for a moment and reflect on why we do what we do here at fashionABLE. Thanks for the visit, Minka!
We recently got told that our leather partner in Ethiopia, Modern Zege, had to hire on more women to keep up with the demand of our Mamuye Totes! This is the kind of news we love getting. Because that’s exactly what we’re trying to do at fashionABLE — create more sustainable jobs!!
So thank you for caring about who makes your stuff, how it’s made, and knowing that your purchase really does impact lives!
Here are some photos of the Mamuye Totes being hand-crafted by some amazing ladies…
Summer is in full swing, and the 4th of July will be here before we know it. We decided to create an exclusive patriotic version of our color-blocked Alem scarf to celebrate. And because scarves don’t have to just be worn around your neck, here are 4 creative ways to use this red, white, and blue beauty this summer!
a patriotic table runner for a backyard barbecue
a sarong wrap for lazy days at the pool
a shoulder wrap for a chillier night of fireworks-watching
a head wrap for days when humidity is not your hair’s bff
The Mamuye in Cognac pairs perfectly with our classic girl’s cool, casual, and effortless style. Her go-to outfit is denim-on-denim with a pair of flats and dainty accessories like our Tizita bracelets. Her cognac Mamuye Tote is the perfect bag to carry all of her essentials from work to the weekend.
Bold accessories paired with black and white prints are the perfect duo for the Black Mamuye Muse. Her unique fashion-forward style is a mix of edge and feminine sensibility. She admires fashion, art, and music, and loves to travel to new places for inspiration. Her black Mamuye Leather Tote is the perfect accessory for her chic style.