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Monday, January 11, 2010

FIVE Accessories Giveaway at Today's Diva

Helping to change the world with five dollars at a time,
a fair trade shop with socially conscious handbags and jewelry
from Bali, Guatemala, Honduras, Cambodia,
India and at need areas of the US.

five ACCESSORIES' online boutique carries handbags and jewelry made from a variety of materials including bamboo, wicker, coconut shells, recycled materials, silver, cloth, leather and more; materials unique to each artisan's locality
 five ACCESSORIES, an online store that grew out of its founders' desire to import handmade handbags and accessories from a Bali mountain village, now carries handmade purses and jewelry from global areas such as Bali, Honduras, Cambodia and India. The company recently started two income generating programs in Chicago under the new line called Off The Street. five ACCESSORIES supports grassroots efforts around the globe to aid under-privileged children by donating five DOLLARS of every handbag sold and 15 percent of all other sales to each artisan's local cause

The company began while Christine Hutchison and her husband, Wells, were on their honeymoon in Bali.  While there, they met a Balinese tour guide who told them how much difference five dollars a month can make to a family in Bali. While admiring the beautiful handbags and jewelry made by local artisans, the couple had the idea to start five, a company that embodies both their entrepreneurial and philanthropic zeal. The mission of the company is to create income generating programs for individuals in need, donate a large portion of it's sales to worthy charitable causes and foster the use of sustainable material in fashion.
The five ACCESSORIES collection features handbags and accessories handmade with materials ranging from bamboo to coconut shells to recycled materials and more, which are specific to the global regions in which they are created. "We want to enhance the modern woman's look by offering products that are carefully selected for their fun designs, natural materials, quality craftsmanship, and affordable prices," says founder, Christine Hutchison. Mission:Generate income for individuals in developing areas, donate a large portion of sales back to worthy causes and promote the use of sustainable materials in fashion.
Fabulous and trendy handbags, necklaces, rings and bracelets
Natural Bags from Bali

The Bali Collection features clutches and totes made from bamboo, coconut shell and wicker. Five dollars from each handmade natural bag goes to support underprivileged school children in Bali. (add first picture attached of coconut bag) Prices range from $25 to $79
Fair Trade Project of the Women of Handuras

Also being added to the five ACCESSORIES line are Recycled Potato Chip Bags, created as a solution to the growing ecological damage in Honduras from the burning of trash. These handbags are crafted from potato chip bags and have changed the lives of this community's residents by contributing to a healthy and clean community. The handbags come in three sizes: small, medium and large, and the elaborate process results in either a metallic silver or colorful design that is unique to the womens craft. Prices range from $25-$35

 Recycled Handbags from Cambodia

Made from recycled mosquito netting in Cambodia, the messenger bags are both socially conscious and environmentally friendly, yet styled to appeal to today's modern customer. Bag dimensions, 15.5" x 15" x 4.5", $75.
Block Stamped and Hand Embroidered Hand Bags from India

Unique to an old tradition of dying fabric, the totes and over the shoulder bags from our India Collection are handmade by a fair trade co-operative by Mumbai. Many of the cloth bags have reversible linings and inside pockets. Prices range from $20 for our yoga bag to $45.
five is generously giving one Today's Diva Entrant a Pop Top Bracelet from fives Off the Street Collection.

Perfect Eco friendly bracelet for yourself or for a gift. A bracelet made from can pop tops and brown and green ribbon. Handmade by the vendors of StreetWise. Launched in mid 2009 five's accessory line 'Off The Street' is sourced and produced by vendors of StreetWise - a Chicago based social enterprise designed to help elevate severely impoverished men and women out of poverty.  By employing individuals that have formerly been homeless and using littered material "off the streets" of Chicago, five ACCESSORIES is offering a unique eco-friendly accessory line consisting of bracelets, buttons, belts, pins and picture frames constructed and adorned with items such as transit cards, bottle caps, ticket stubs from sporting events and other urban refuse. Each items comes with the picture and story of the individual who made it. One size fits all wrists. Picture by Neal Neo. $5.00
five Accessories feature global handmade eco-friendly items from FIVE countries, FIVE offers eco friendly designer handbags and wood jewelry from FIVE countries. Their designer charity handbags from Bali, Honduras, Cambodia and India are carefully handcrafted out of recycled material, natural fibers, eco chic bamboo, recycled potato chip bags and candy wrappers.
Look Good, Feel Good. Buy Locally, Support Globally.
~The Giveaway~
five Accessories is generously giving one Today's Diva Entrant a Pop Top Bracelet made by the vendor of StreetWise
~To Enter~
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