Handmade from vintage by refugee women
My dear friend Molly, who is behind the fabulous & colorful Instagram account @berryandthefox, introduced me to the products and creations from GAIA. Basically they transform vintage, sustainable & repurposed textiles into home & personal accessories and lately also into adorable baby products. All made by resettled refugee women in Dallas, Texas. Their mission is to empower marginalized women through employment, encouragement, and dedication for a long-term success in their own local communities.
Recently they launched a baby collection with bibs + booties + banners + diaper pouches. Most of the products (like bibs and booties) are reversible, so one side has a stain? No worries - just flip it over for a fresh new look. Their perfectly imperfect items bring color in your life but also do they represent hope and a future for women who are fighting for a better life.
Paula Minnis is the founder of GAIA and while she was volunteering at the IRC (International Rescue Committee) she met Catherin, a Burmese refugee and mother of two. Paula combined her love of textiles with Catherin's artistry and GAIA was born in December 2009. It has since grown to employ seven additional refugee women living in Dallas – some Burmese, some Iraqi, come Congolese, but all beautiful women with a new life and a new opportunity to grow.
Look good. Do good. Visit their online shop here. Make sure to check out their collections for women too – Don’t miss their zipper pouches!
PS: I love how they chose their brand name GAIA – The word "GAIA" means "Goddess of the Earth" from the Greek mythology, so it is their way to honor all women, from the ones who craft GAIA products to those who purchase or receive them. Lovely, or?