Mahisi || Artisan Made With a Statement by Olivia Youngs
The first thing that drew me to Mahisi
was, of course, their gorgeous prints. I typically stick to classic designs when it comes to my handbags (like in my ever-faithful ENAT tote
) but I couldn't help imagining all of the incredible ways their boho prints would mesh with the neutrals in my closet.
Yet another one woman show (on the surface, anyway,) Mahisi was founded with a desire
to bring the culture and artistry of Bali, Indonesia to the rest of the world. The brand employs local weavers to create the intricate designs on all of their bags, both enabling fair work and paying tribute to age-old traditions and art through their handiwork. They also use locally sourced leather and other materials to create their handbags, further investing back into the community.
And speaking of that word "community" (which happens to be one of my favorites,) Angelina, the brand's founder and state-side leader, noted that it is the driving force behind her passion. "Yes, we hope to introduce you to beautiful works of art, but we also hope you’ll join us in our commitment to community. Without that, what else is there?"
I couldn't have said it better.
Although, I was half tempted to choose another giant "mom-sized" bag from their line, Mahisi's Ava wristlet caught my eye for it's beautiful color and, of course, simplicity. The design of the clutch was also unlike any other I'd seen before, with a unique loop closure that simply fits over the wrist. The fold-over design with a magnetic button inside allows me to fit much more than expected inside (oh, AND there's a zipped pocket inside to hold all of those loose little essentials).
While giant totes certainly have their place in everyday life, this delicate wristlet is my new go-to ANYTIME I leave the house without my kiddos, which in and of itself is an occasion worth dressing up with a fancy clutch.
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