This post was sponsored by Abrazo Style and I was provided an item for review.
I’m in the middle of reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (I highly recommend it) and the main character, an immigrant to the US from Nigeria, points out that Americans use the word “excited” excessively. Well, I guess I’m playing into my cultural roots today because I’m awfully excited to be participating in another Abrazo Style collaboration.
I featured one of Abrazo Style‘s summer styles, the Lilia Dress, in June and proceeded to wear it over and over again to near constant compliments from coworkers, customers, and friends. All Abrazo Style designs are conceived of and created with the indigenous artisan communities of Oaxaca and Chiapas in Mexico. Artisans receive fair wages and access to a broader market, but it’s also a good way to preserve hand embroidery traditions, which are at risk of being lost due to shifts in the market and lifestyle changes over the last several years.
Ethical Details: Catalina Wrap – c/o Abrazo Style; Top – Everlane; Jeans – old, re-dyed with indigo; Shoes – Etiko; Ring – artisan made
The Catalina Wrap Abrazo Style sent for review is one of those items I forget I really need until cold weather comes around again. It’s the perfect added layering piece in both early fall, thrown on over a long sleeve top, and into the winter, layered between a sweater and coat.
The wrap is “based on a traditional over-garment from Latin America called a ‘ruana’. Two shawls are sewn together in back, leaving the front section open for wrapping in a multitude of ways.” So far, I’ve worn the shawl in both ways shown in these photos and have received, yet again and unsurprisingly, near endless compliments. The quality and textural intricacy of Abrazo Style pieces are hard to see in their full glory in flat, digital images, but they’re beautiful up close and in person.