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Jayma Mays Takes on Fair Trade Fashion with Raven + Lily

Like Edun and SUNO, accessories brand Raven + Lily is carving a niche in humanitarian fashion by working with developing nations to create their pieces. Made in Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Kenya, the collections employ women to use found materials like bullet casings along with traditional materials like handmade looms and vegetable-dyed thread. (Raven & Lily also has operations in Los Angeles, where it works with homeless women to make soy candles.)

Now the brand is partnering with Jayma Mays, the Glee star who’s signed on to be their global brand ambassador. and chatted with ELLE.com about her favorite pieces and how our purchasing power can help change the world. “If everyone had a business model like Raven + Lily, I feel like the world would be a awesome place to live in,” Mays tells ELLE.com. “Every item is connected to helping change a life, providing a conversation piece for every wearer. This summer, we are going to Africa and I’m so excited to go and meet the women involved and learn all about it.” (She will be traveling to Ethiopia where they make the bullets into beads for jewelry, as well as Kenya where they weave tote bags.)

Mays urges shoppers to harness their purchasing power in order to help make a difference on a daily basis. “Whether it’s buying products or researching what you’re buying, or just becoming aware of what you’re buying, you’re saying so much with the money that you’re spending. When I buy something from Raven & Lily, I know that it is good, it is not harming anything, and the people making it are being helped. If you can do just one little thing at a time, it makes a huge impact.”

For more information, visit RavenAndLily.com

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