Mercantile Mondays

On Mondays, I’m going to try to highlight some of the goodies in my little online shop, until I have nothing left to say about them. :) They’re such beautiful, handmade pieces from around the world – they kind of speak for themselves. But often times there’s a unique story behind them.

Today we’re going to focus on Haiti. So far, all of the Haitian products in The Potter’s Hand (TPH) shop are made by our friends over at 2nd Story Goods. They work to design pieces that “Do good. Are good. Look good.” Knowing how much work goes into designing and hand-crafting each piece, I think they’re quite affordable too. And it makes me feel good to know that we’re empowering people in vulnerable communities to earn a living wage. Not to mention, meaningful work restores dignity for everyone.

I sold out of the brown leather pouch, but 2nd Story Goods came out with a new design! It’s this two-toned leather pouch and I think it’s a beauty!

Finished with a sturdy leather strap, this pouch can double as a wallet or as a small clutch. It’s the perfect size to fit your phone and a few other essentials. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of big bags (and big earrings), but when you just want to carry a few things – this versatile clutch does the trick!

Another idea behind 2nd Story Goods, is that everything has, well… a second story. Hopefully you’ll see that many of their products are made from recycled/upcycled/resourced materials. In many parts of the developing world, goat is a good source of protein. And nothing goes to waste, including the hide. These two-toned goat leather clutches are pieced together using remnants from other projects. No piece is insignificant – everything has a purpose.

So head on over to TPH store and check out all of the pretty things made in Haiti. We have pieces from Uganda and Syria too! All proceeds go toward my next trip abroad where I hope to meet and partner with new artisans – you can read more about that here.

Loving our neighbors,

Jana


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