In the not-so-distant past, getting something handmade by artisans abroad was something you could really only obtain by traveling overseas and visiting a local market. Flash-forward to the present, however, and it seems there are countless brands working hand in hand with these craftsmen. The global market is at our fingertips, and we couldn’t be more pleased to wear and support these businesses. Not only do we appreciate wearing something that feels like it has a story to tell, but there’s also something incredibly special about knowing that no one else owns a piece quite like it. If you’re in the market for something unique and want to help out communities abroad, peruse our roundup below for a stylish and varied assortment. From hand-painted dresses to straw woven hats, everything below is sure to keep your closet and conscious happy.
Model Liya Kebede founded the company in 2007, which works with Ethiopian artisans to produce beautiful pieces made from natural hand-woven cotton.
Throw over your swimsuit for a beach-to-bar scenario.
Perfect for a warm summer night out.
Long live the off-the-shoulder trend.
Inspired by time spent in Trujillo, Peru, this company (half based in Nashville, the other half in Peru) is a stylish resource for beautiful shoes, as well as bags and jewelry.
These will go with just about everything.
This editor owns a pair of these sandals, and take it from me, they’re so comfortable.
A simple pair of mules is all you need.
This jewelry brand empowers artisans with a “mobile driven value chain,” which allows it to interact with a global consumer. The pieces are trend-forward and a stylish addition to your jewelry box.
You know we love a good pair of hoop earrings.
Layer this with a dainty chain for a cool layered look.
Simple and stylish.
After a stint teaching English in Cambodia, Jessica Hendricks Yee was inspired to found her company, which works with artisans to sell handmade jewelry that bears words in the Cambodian alphabet.
This necklace says "limitless" in Khmer.
Wear the Buddhist flag on your wrist!
Face day-to-day challenges in this "brave" bracelet.
Started by two college friends, this brand works with women in Uganda to help utilize their skill sets as well as provide health education, finance and business training, and counseling.
The company's beads are made from recycled paper.
We suspect you could wear this 14k gold–filled strand all the time.
We're getting Olivia Palermo vibes.
Street style favorite Sofía Sanchez de Betak is behind this brand, for which she commissions artists and artisans around the globe to produce probably the most beautiful hand-painted dresses we’ve ever seen.
Show face in this artistic piece.
Cinch a skinny belt around the waist for a personal touch.
Pack this for your next vacation.
These hats take approximately eight to 10 hours to weave and are made of Iraka palm straw. The brand aims to celebrate the “native myths and culture of south American tribes.”
Pom-poms are summertime essentials.
Shade yourself in serious style.