Gift Guide: For The Empowered Creative

  • Mata Traders
  • 11 Dec, 2017

The Mata wish lists keep on coming – this time from our Design team! Kristin and Justine spend their days perfecting new prints and designing fresh jewelry styles, and are all about creativity. They run a tight ship to make sure collections are given proper time to develop. Regular visits with producer artisans in India and Nepal give them firsthand appreciation for the impact a stable source of income can have on families in marginalized communities. Kristin and Justine mix a spirit of creativity with the strength of social justice on their wish lists this season.


Serrv  Blue and Teal Baskets

“I’ve been eyeing these beautifully crafted baskets for YEARS. They are made by artisans in Ghana and a perfect way to spruce up Zoey’s (my pup – who’s not really a pup but is 6) toy bin or to fill with blankets to cozy up next to the couch.”


Bombas  Holiday Socks

“Yikes – you know you’re getting older when socks are on your wishlist. And OKAY, these must be magic for the price… but I can’t deny, I love me a good pair of socks.  This company is great because for every pair you purchase, they donate a pair to someone in need!”


Nappa Dori  Ikat Organizer

“Justine and I stumbled across this company on a recent India trip and we walked out with matching purses that day. Eagerly awaiting my next trip back, so I can buy the entire store. I would love this little organizer for all my travel essentials!”



Indego Africa  Marrakech Basket

“This is the second time I’ve included a basket on my wish list. (Nobody got the hint the first time!) I like this one in particular because it has that Millennial Pink. I love color trends.”

Laurie Melia Ceramics  Large Woman in Prayer

2017 has been a big year for us ladies. Shout out to the Women’s March, #metoo, and Time’s Person of the Year to name just a few milestones.) So I relate to this little ceramic lady totem’s vibe – strong, confident, cosmic, feminist woman of color.”

The Pin Project – The Pin

“The refugee crisis is daunting, so I like the Pin Project’s approach of providing training, employment, and income. They’re currently only on Kickstarter, and pins go for $32. But there’s also a pledge of $2500 that includes a four-day trip to a production unit… anybody?”

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