Boutique of the Week: Me to We store
If you haven’t heard of a We Day and think a Kielburger could potentially be a lunch option, allow me to share with you an organization that is out to change the world. Me to We is a social enterprise that creates and offers lifestyle experiences -volunteer trips, leadership training, inspirational speakers bureau and books- and their own line of environmentally friendly and socially conscious clothing and accessories. Half their profits go to Free the Children, their charity partner, which was founded by the Kielburger brothers. Craig and Marc Kielburger started all this, when they themselves were just children, to empower (other children).
If you are looking for a gift that gives back. A little something for someone special. Look no more, with apparel, accessories, books and more, you will most definitely find it at the Me to We store. Based in Toronto, the shop offers something for everyone, no matter who you are shopping for girl, boy, young or old.
Each item has a little story attached, taking what may seem to be a simple beaded chain into something more. Not only can the Water Rafiki Friend Chain be worn where and however you please but it also gives one person an entire years worth of clean water and all you have to spend is $10.
Price points start as low as $4.99 for a love ring or bracelet and max out at $299.99 for a leather bag. The Boho Bag is part of the Me to We Artisans collection which is all handmade by Maasai “mamas” who are paid a fair wage and given access to financial literacy and leadership training. The pieces use locally sourced materials and reflect the beauty and traditions of the community and mamas themselves.
Not sure what to get dear papa for Father’s Day? How about a pair of cuff links? This pair of made with sterling silver also contain African trade beads that are both distinctive and rare- just like him.
A perfect addition to the Grimm tales often told is the What Does It Mean to be book series by Rana DiOrio. There are three available, one for being Green, Present and Global. For those looking for how to be lead a more impactful life try Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians which includes simple ways to be the change.
What else is in store for the life changing, sustainable line that uses repurposed, recycled materials? Roxanne Joyal, Co-CEO of Me to We, and Founder of Me to We Artisans lets us in on what we can expect in the seasons to come.
“In Kenya we melt down recycled metals to create our own brass, which is hand polished, and used in all of our collections. For summer you’ll find it in our charm bracelets mixed with natural materials like bone and stone and wood. We love cotton cord too — and mix it with old glass trade beads and shell buttons for summer. Upcoming for our fall collection you’ll see this theme of brass carried over and paired with jewel tones.”