Tahina sandal (made by Nebo!) courtesy of Sseko
1970s vintage sundress: borrowed from the shop
From time to time I get e-mails from companies asking if I would like to help promote their brand or product. Usually I think about it for a bit, weigh the pros and cons (Is this something that I would even pick out for myself? Would I be a total phony if I supported this brand? Will this go against my personal aesthetic and confuse people who read this blog??), and come to a decision.
Sometimes I luck out and cool companies with one eye on fashion and another on social consciousness reach out. These are my favorite types of collaborations. These e-mails always get a resounding, "Yes! I'd love to help".
Enter Sseko (pronounced say-ko), a fashion startup whose focus is in aiding Ugandan women by providing sustainable, fair wage employment in exchange for creating beautifully well made leather footwear and handbags. Even better, the company has an amazing program that gives young women who are out of high school the opportunity to enter a 9 month work contract and in exchange Sseko provides them with a full college education. Pretty cool, right?
Anyway, about the sandals: they're great! What's so special about them is that you can customize how you tie the straps. There are tons of different ways that you can tie them, from gladiator to slip on style. I opted to do the "classic" lace up (aka the easiest way to tie them) but making them into braided slip on sandals sounds good too.
BONUS: For the month of August you can get 15% off any style using the code "MilkTeeths30"
DOUBLE BONUS: I was cruising the site and found a photo of Nebo, the gal who made the sandals that I received. She is in the work program, making money for college. You go Nebo!