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A PASSION FOR SUPPORTING GLOBAL ARTISANS
In our conversation Stephanie talks about building and being a conscious brand. When you step into a Figue you immediately get chic, jetset style, but Stephanie's passion for supporting artisans from around the world brings an element to the brand that makes you feel connected and aware. In the podcast you'll hear her talk about how she develops relationships with these artisans- some in small, poor communities bringing them not only business but a sense of pride and eye-opening awareness. The Brave Collection is a line of jewelry that builds awareness for human trafficking in Cambodia and Made With Love (striped bracelets above) are made by women and children in Mali, West Africa out of recycled flip flops and sneakers providing them with employment opportunties and financial support.
INSPIRED BY THE ENVIRONMENT
My conversation with Stephanie around her passion for stopping the ivory trade is very fortuitous given the conversation culturally surrounding animal poaching right now. Figue's signature pouches and totes support the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, protecting Kenya's wildlife. 30% of every Figue flying elephant tote (see mine below!!!) goes to support the cause.
STYLE SPEED DATING WITH STEPHANIE VON WATZDORF
THE BEST AIRPORT PURCHASE: "PERFUMES... GUERLAIN"
IF YOU COULD SPEND AN AFTERNOON OF INSPIRATION ANYWHERE IN NEW YORK CITY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?: "THE STRAND BOOKSTORE, BOOKS ARE FOOD FOR ME."
WHAT BOOK IS ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE: "BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY, A BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK BY JIMMY NELSON DOCUMENTING TRIBES"
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERS: "IMAGES HAVE A POWERFUL WAY OF MOVING YOU. I LOVE THE WORK OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER, STEVE MCCURRY AND AMI VITALE AND BRUCE WEBER HAS SUCH A FASCINATING WAY OF CAPTURING THE WORLD."
OF ALL THE PLACES YOU'VE TRAVELED, WHERE IS ONE PLACE EVERYONE MUST GO IN THEIR LIFETIME: "RAJASTHAN, INDIA"
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IMAGES COURTESY OF FIGUE INSTAGRAM (FOLLOW STEPHANIE'S ADVENTURES HERE) AND BRITTANY SNYDER