Stylish has a new name–Ivylish. Fashionistas everywhere should take note of this new socially conscious jewelry retailer. Check out their introductory video . . .
Hand-Crafted Jewelry At A Beautiful Price
Ivylish is launching its company with a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. During the introductory campaign, interested fashion-savvy consumers can purchase jewelry from the four introductory collections at a delightfully discounted price. Information about the introductory collections is available here at their Indiegogo campaign page. The company’s first collection embraces the Vietnamese heritage, beginning with the holy animals (turtle, phoenix and dragon) and national flower (pink lotus)as the main themes, and ending with the usage of water buffalo horns as the exclusive material and traditional lacquering for the final touch.
The Horns Of The Water Buffalo
Ivylish’s line of fine jewelry is delicately hand-crafted in Vietnam from the horns of the water buffalo. While the limited remaining herds of wild water buffalo are on the endangered species list, these animals are not the source of bone and horns for Ivylish. Instead, horns are obtained from domesticated water buffalo which are abundant. According to the National Geographic website, domesticated water buffalo have been an integral part of Asian culture for over 5000 years. Domesticated water buffalo provide meat, horns, hides, milk, butterfat for villages in Asia. They are also an important source of power, being used for plowing and transporting people and crops. These water buffalo are not killed so that we can have jewelry–instead buffalo horns are a by-product of the natural use of water buffalo herds in these countries. So, in other words, those who make bone and horn jewelry are simply using something that would be thrown away to craft something beautiful.
Ivylish Supports Teach Me To Fish
Each purchase from Ivylish can provide a Vietnemese child with chance for a better life. Founded by Phuong Nguyen and Kevin Tung Nguyen, Ivylish works with Kids Without Borders to provide English lessons, computer classrooms and college scholarships for children living in Vietnamese orphanages. They also help offer proper vocational training for older children who are exiting the care institutions. An old Chinese proverb once said, “Give a man to fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime”. That is the idea behind Kids Without Borders’ Teach Me To Fish program which helps provide Vietnamese orphans with life skills that will help provide them with career skills to become self-sustainable adults.
Help Ivylish Shine Lives
Those who are interested in finding out how to help Ivylish “Shine Lives” can find out more by connecting with their team on one of the social sites below.
Indiegogo Campaign: http://igg.me/at/ivylish/x/3098253