Question: What do you get when you combine a passion for design, a chic design aesthetic, and a desire to create products that have a positive impact in the world?
Answer: Raven + Lily: Empowering Women Through Design, a socially conscious lifestyle brand.
Founding partners Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin share a close friendship and passion for fashion and ethical design. They created Raven + Lily as a platform to help to alleviate poverty among marginalized women around the world through an artful collection of “on trend” fashionable accessories that are designed to make a difference in lives of the women who craft them.
Each stylish piece of jewelry, article of clothing or chic home décor item created for Raven + Lily is not only handmade, fair trade, and eco-friendly, it is created with passion and purpose!
Seeking out partnerships with global women’s groups (currently Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, and the United States) to create employment opportunities for marginalized women, they identify not only the women’s potential skill sets, but also what local materials are available to them that can be easily resourced:
- Their Ethiopia Collection features statement jewelry pieces crafted from beads made from melted bullet casings and vintage silver coins.
- Their Cambodia Collection includes eco-friendly bags and apparel made with hand-loomed, natural-dyed, and remnant materials.
- Their India Collection features gorgeous recycled cotton papers, hand-carved wood journals, metallic leather jewelry, and hand-milled natural soaps
- Their USA Collection currently features hand-poured soy candles, infused with incredible scents of the woodsy outdoors or tropical fruits, empowering formerly homeless women in Los Angeles.
Through these efforts, the women and their families receive access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, education, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Now, through an exciting design partnership, Royal Design Studio introduces our latest exclusive Designer Stencil Collection: Raven + Lily. We are very excited that we can collaborate in this way-not only to introduce Raven and Lily’s chic design aesthetic to our own customers, but more importantly to promote their mission to create a positive impact on the lives of marginalized women and children around the globe.
Inspired by the Romantic African themes, patterns, and color palette of Raven + Lily’s forthcoming Spring 2014 new product product release, the collection introduces 8 new patterns that have been re-imagined to create stencils that highlight the natural beauty that is common to Africa: tribal motifs, stylized plumes, organic geometric shapes, and delicate feathers. These new ‘Afro-chic’ stencils have a decidedly Art Deco vibe that makes them perfect for both feminine and masculine wall pattern looks depending on the chosen color application. Several of the stencil designs are also offered in a smaller scale making them ideal for furniture and home accessory projects.
The Raven + Lily stencil collection will be sold exclusively via the Royal Design Studio website and 20% percent of the net sales will be donated to Raven + Lily which they will use toward the Tirzah International initiatives in Africa.
This is only the beginning of this creative partnership between the two companies! Look for more new products, stencils and collaborations in 2014!
Shop the Raven + Lily Stencil Collection now and let us know what Raven + Lily stencil is most inspiring to you? Tribal motifs, stylized plumes, organic geometric shapes, or delicate feathers? All of them is also a great response!