Last year, we traveled more than 100,000 miles, worked with over 1,000 textile artists and in the process, helped put 2,000 girls in school. But numbers hardly tell the whole story.
Our favorite moments from 2018...
Across the backwaters of Kerala and the palaces of Jaipur; from the Ganges riverbanks of Bengal and the misty mountaintops of Nagaland to the snow-capped Himalayas, we traveled the length and breadth of India in 2018. We found awe-inspiring traditions of textile artistry that have been perfected over thousands of years. We are convinced that these traditions are not only worth preserving, but that they are still highly relevant today.
Travel virtually with us and discover the history and culture behind each of these traditions.Our artists
2018 was our most socially impactful year. We gave $90,000 to girls education programs and helped an estimated 2,000 girls get into, and stay, in school. Each of these programs targets a specific obstacle in the community - for example, in rural Rajasthan where centuries-old deep-rooted traditional beliefs keep a girl from learning to read and write, we funded 6 projects that spanned 120 villages and helped an estimated 1,500 girls get into school. We also funded new programs like Vidya & Child - which operates innovative schools in the poorest urban slums of Delhi, and helps daughters of the "manual laborers” become the first in their family to get educated.
Meeting the girls in these programs was easily our favorite 2018 memory. These girls are often in school against the wishes of their parents and their community. Hearing their courageous stories was an indescribably uplifting experience for us.Meet the 2018 Rockstars
It was a year of memorable partnerships. It was an honor to (again) work with eponymous Berkeley designer Erica Tanov and make her gorgeous cashmere scarves & quilts. In the summer, we helped fellow Dallas-based online brand Citizenry launch their India collection of home textiles. The best part of the partnership was the $45,000 that Citizenry contributed to girls education programs through their Black Friday fund. We teamed up with Causebox, a quarterly subscription box featuring brands with a soul, and introduced their subscribers to our scarves in their Fall box. In the winter, we partnered with Meg Kinney, designer and owner of the NY and Canada-based retail brand 'Meg', to launch a Bloom & Give retail pop-up in Brooklyn! Having our own retail space in Boerum Hill was a dream come true!
Take a sneak peek at our first 2019 collection. They start shipping in 2 weeks! Retailers - catalog and line-sheets are coming out to you next week, and you can also see the line in New York, Vegas and LA this spring. Here's our show schedule