Behind every person, every company, every product—there is a story. Stories of success, failure, disappointment, joy, hard work, and adventure, these stories shape us into the beings that we are and bring life to the products that we purchase. Yep, I said it, stories bring life to products - and I fully believe that! One of the things I love about companies who seek to change the world, is that every product has an ongoing story. With ESPEROS, the story unfolds the second you buy a bag. When you carry an ESPEROS bag you carry hope, knowing that the money from your purchase gets us one step closer making sure every child has access to quality education in the world.
Other times, if you're lucky, the story begins even before the purchase of a product—like with our friends over at Teysha.
Each one of Teysha’s beautifully detailed, hand crafted boots are made outside of Antigua, Guatemala by artisans who bring their own traditions, designs, and systems into the art of boot making. Starting with the fundamental fabric materials, all the way to the finished product, Teysha shoes are all locally and regionally sourced. From the leather made by a local woman-owned business, to shoe laces, eyelets, labels, brands and textiles, your Teysha shoes will travel through the hands of at least a dozen Guatemalans before they reach your feet! Talk about a product that has a STORY, each shoe is a chain reaction of empowerment in itself.
Teysha shoes are socially responsible, ethically made, and look good. They have custom boots, sandals, hats, belts, even pillows - all made by their friends in Guatemala and brought to the United States.
Your Guate Boots come with a tag, signed by the artisan who worked directly on your pair. I would challenge you to take this name a step further and inquire to know about the artisans life. It can be incredibly rewarding to personalize the face behind your product, and know the difference you are making in someone's life across the globe. You can match the artisan's name with their story on the Teysha webpage here.
Companies like Teysha don't merely exist to sell a product, because a shoe on its own is no different from the million other pair of boots you could buy down the street. It's the story of freedom and empowerment behind the product that breathes life and propels us to be apart of the change. Carry their story with you as you wear a pair of Teysha shoes--be apart of the change.
Written by Grace Mueller
Spring 2015 Intern