We believe in freedom of expression through retail. This means erasing barriers to entry and rethinking traditional norms. In collaboration with Impact Hub, we’ve created the Impact Bazaar Creative Retail Pop Up. The handmade store features mission-based brands from across Impact Hub’s national network and beyond. These social entrepreneurs create products with a purpose that support the development of economic communities across the world. At the Creative Retail Pop Up, 100% of sales go to the brands. To check out who we’re featuring, come by Impact Hub – 394 Broadway – for do-good holiday shopping, or shop online. The pop up is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm until Christmas.
“Taaluma Totes are travel backpacks that Carry a Country. Backpack fabrics are sourced from countries like Thailand, Mali and Guatemala, and 20% of profits fund microloans to local farmers and small businesses. The totes are made in Virginia by a collaborative team of top-notch seamstresses and adults with disabilities. #CarryaCountry when you pick up one of these bags.” Start a conversation with Alley at Taaluma Totes here.
Fresh Words Market
“Fresh Words Market is original, modern art focused on positive messaging to inspire adults and children alike. It is also a fundraising tool for causes that help make people’s lives better. For every print sold, we donate a portion of proceeds to verified worldwide nonprofit partners. worldwide. Currently, FWM is donating $3 of every purchase to the International Rescue Committee, a highly-ranked nonprofit that delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict and natural disaster.” Start a conversation with Odeen at Fresh Words Market here.
“The price of responsibly-made products forces more than 50% of the US to buy undesirable products that don’t match their values. TrySome is here to change that. We are a free marketplace that builds a community for consumers and manufacturers by connecting them through the exchange of data, feedback and products. In exchange for feedback, you get to try new foods. If you like them, you can buy at wholesale prices.” Start a conversation with Rune at TrySome here.
“ten86 is an online boutique offering brooklyn inspired luxury for the worldly woman all from the comfort of your own home. We look to local brands as well as celebrated favorites to handpick treasures that inspire the women in our lives. Our highly curated collection includes jewelry, beauty products, paper goods and perfect little somethings for the ones you love—including yourself!” Start a conversation with Zoe at ten86 here.
“Beru is a children’s social-impact clothing brand made in LA for your wild, independent child. We make our clothes locally at the factory of a close partner and friend. Beru Kids clothes are made from deadstock materials in limited quantities. We give a percentage of profits back to children’s education and extracurricular activities in East Africa.” Start a conversation with Sofia at Beru Kids here.
“Teysha creates custom boots and shoes handmade in Guatemala. They are ethically made, handcrafted, and custom-designed by you! All of our textiles are sourced directly from communities throughout Guatemala; each village has their traditional designs and stories by every individual craftswoman.” Start a conversation with Sophie at Teysha here.
Estrella De Mar
“Our mission is to empower our artisan partners and preserve ancient Mayan textile traditions. Artisan activity is the second largest employer in the developing world. We believe the immense potential of this sector to create positive change has gone largely untapped, and we want to change that. We chose worker-owned women’s weaving cooperatives and small family businesses to be our producers because they share our commitment to ethical, sustainable production practices and high-quality results.” Start a conversation with Emily at Estrella De Mar here.
“When we started Vega Coffee, we had a world of questions to answer. Everything from ‘How do we make it all work?’ to ‘What’s for lunch?’ As a small team of three, the one thing that we’ve never questioned is why we’re here. Everyone at Vega Coffee wants to change the world by bringing farmers and coffee lovers together to create a more equitable and fulfilling coffee experience. Whether our daily impact is measured in lines of code or pounds of green beans roasted, everything we do is in service of our mission.” Start a conversation with Will at Vega Coffee here.
“Our hook-and eye fastener system lets any woman seamlessly transition in and out of her undies without any fuss or unwanted attention. You just never know when you might need to do a superhero-style quick change. And with breathable fibers and moisture-wicking, antimicrobial fabric, Slick Chicks keeps you feeling fresh all day long. More than anything our brand is a confidence creator.” Start a conversation with Helya at Slick Chicks here.
EST WST Collective
“We’re a brother-sister team who started EST WST Collective out of the understanding that each of our actions has an effect on the planet and it’s population. We recognize the potential for positive impact and envision a sustainable brand that connects consumers to artists and their culture through design. Through EST WST Collective, we support the balance of preservation and modernization. We believe there can be progress without the compensation of culture. So join us as we work for equality, creativity and authenticity in the developing world.” Start a conversation with Jhana at EST WST Collective here.
“Market Colors was started because I believe where we shop can make a difference. It was founded to make a lasting impact for families throughout Africa. We collaborate with these craftsmen to create products that we know you will love. It would be a disservice to not tell the world about the craftsmen’s amazing work.” Start a conversation with Robyn at Market Colors here.
“Kamla is a line for globetoddlers ages six months to six years. We re-imagine traditional textiles for the hip, international and socially conscious consumer. We hope to help preserve textile traditions around the world and give consumers a way to incorporate a global aesthetic into everyday wear for their children. Our imagery is of real girls, from all over the world, showing that the world really is a small place for this next generation!”
“Catrinka is an ethical fashion accessories label that invests in women and girls. We partner with women artisan groups in ten countries, and for each bag sold, Catrinka provides a week or more of education and mentoring for adolescent girls on the margin, so that they have the tools to take charge of their own future. All proceeds support the Catrinka Girls Project education and life skills mentoring program in Guatemala.” Start a conversation with Amisha at Kamla NYC and Catrinka here.
“We curate designers from all around the globe and create shoppable fashion stories revolving around our finds. Inspired by the street style of emerging cities like Mumbai, Dubai, Seoul and São Paulo, WESTxEAST reflects the effect of globalization on people with strong cultural identity. This aesthetic takes the traditional and merges it with the modern. It is a fusion of cultures, representing the shrinking of borders between people and reflecting in wardrobes.” Start a conversation with Tania at WESTxEAST here.