Feature Friday: 31 Bits
We enjoy highlighting one of many unique brands in our "Feature Friday" blog posts.
A little about the company:
31 Bits was founded by five women who wanted to make a change following an eye-opening trip from Uganda by one of the founders (Kallie Dovel). Dovel met young women who were single mothers with no education and no job, but they a certain skill set: they could make beautiful jewelry. The five women then joined forces to create 31 Bits and developed a business plan to help these women both financially and holistically. Today, 31 Bits produces gorgeous handcrafted jewelry for women from necklaces to bracelets to classics and recently launched a children's line.
What we like about the brand:
- 31 Bits' beads are made from recycled paper from unused posters, advertisements, and textbooks. Cut into long strips and rolled tightly, these beads are then coated in a varnish to harden and then strung into designs or sewn onto one of the embroidered pieces (talk about eco-friendly!). Not only that, but 99% of the materials used are sourced in Eastern Africa, supporting local markets.
- Purchasing a product not only adds a beautiful piece to your wardrobe, but it also helps a woman in need. 31 Bits works with its beneficiaries in Uganda to help them earn an income and support their families. In addition to financial support, 31 Bits supports its beneficiaries holistically with counseling, health education, finance training and business mentorships and everything is funded through product sales. So even just one purchase will directly, positively impact a woman in Uganda.
Some pieces that we like:
The Collector is a classic piece that you'll surely keep and pass down. Handmade with marble shaped paper beads and arranged from large to small, The Collector is a beautiful "collector's" bracelet. Pair it with The Creative for a bit of a colorful twist and, as a finishing touch, slip on our Paloma shoe in caramel (also available in Black + Caramel and Caramel + Navy).
The Antiquity necklace is a beautifully crafted piece of art. Vibrant, colored beads and gold sequins are hand-embroidered onto soft cotton to bring it all together. Finish the look with our funky, yet fabulous Victoria Luz in black (also available in electric blue).
The Romantic is, as its name implies, a romantic necklace. Simple in its construction, it adds a bit of sweet with marble beads with metallic gold accents. Pair it with a couple of Stetson Roe bracelets, made with pretty spring-colored beads. Keep the look romantic with a pair of our Olivia Oxfords in ivory.