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Graded by Grace Ikwetta – African Handmade Leather Sandals and Belts

Graded by Grace Ikwetta – African Handmade Leather Sandals and Belts

Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals

When Sheeni approached me with a very touching email, I was not sure what this Ikwetta project was all about. But after I watched that short 3 minute video below, I was tearing up and getting very emotional. I am from China and I had a pretty rough childhood, often without enough food. During my middle school years, the place we lived was very similar to the slums in the video. I spent a lot of time daydreaming that someday, I would change my fate and have a better life.

Maybe because I am a teacher, I always believe that old saying “give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” So I am so happy that I can be a part of this meaningful project on Kickstarter to help African artisans build their own workshop. Hopefully someday they will get back on their own feet and move out of the slums.

Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals

How can you help with this project on Kickstarter? This is a Kickstarter campaign and if you are not familiar with them, they work a little bit differently. This campaign will last till July 6th, by which time Sheeni has to complete their goal of raising $10,000. How they reach is by people who are interested in their products coming online to their Kickstarter Campaign page and pledging an amount. Depending on your pledge, you could be given a Reward. All the rewards are listed out on the campaign page. If they reach the goal of $10,000, they will use the money to build a new workshop for their African artisans, where they will make the rewards for the backers/supporters. If they do not reach the full $10,000, those who pledge don’t pay anything.

Here are the rewards if you decide to pledge:

$10 reward

$25 award

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Ikwetta’s Sandals are handcrafted using Genuine African Leather by Artisans who are living in slums. As you can see, they are very unique and well made. The bonus? They are very comfy!

Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals

This project will only be funded if at least $10,000 is pledged by Mon, Jul 6 2015 11:59 PM EDT.

And in case you were wondering, YES, I made my pledge and hope you make yours! Together we can take a small step (wearing very cool and colorful sandals!) to help end poverty, a few people at a time.

Below are more photos of me wearing Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals.

Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals

Cheers!

Grace

Fashion Chinese Take-Out What are the most popular fashion luxury brands in China?

Fashion Chinese Take-Out What are the most popular fashion luxury brands in China?

http://colorandgrace.com Daily Special Menu.

Monday – Fashion 101
Tuesday – Fashion Chinese Take-Out
Wednesday – Graded by Grace
Throwback Thursday
Friday – They Got It Right!
Saturday – Fashion Gossip
Sunday – Gone Fishing! Or shopping. Or gardening. But not blogging!

Got a special order? Let’s hear it! I’m always looking for suggestions and comments!

red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest

The first few days after I moved to America, I was overwhelmed by all the unfamiliar language and things. I remember the first day my husband drove us around in our little town, I was so happy to see familiar Chinese landmarks, like McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut! It wasn’t because I love the food (well maybe KFC), but just simply because we have the same brands in China and they reminded me of home. I’m like most people I think in that I feel safe and comfortable when I am surrounded by the things I am familiar with.

The things Americans are familiar with are not always the same for Chinese. For example, the fashion luxury products, Chinese prefer some brands more than others.

Watches:

ROLEX, CARTIER, PIAGET and CHOPARD.

Jewelry:

CARTIER, SWAROVSKI, TIFFANY and BVLGARI

Cosmetics:

DIOR, LANCOME, Estee Lauder, SK-II, CHANEL, BIOTHERM and CLINIQUE

Clothing:

DOLCE & GABBANA, POLO, LOUIS VUITTON , GUCCI, CHANEL, DIOR, PRADA, ONLY, CALVIN KLEIN , FENDI, VALENTINO, GIORGIO ARMANI, DIESEL, GUESS, RALPH LAUREN, MISS SIXTY, G-STAR, and HUGO BOSS

Glasses:

PRADA, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior

Bags:

GUCCI, PRADA, HERMES, FENDI and COACH

These brands listed above are a part of the data that a Chinese government branch announced recently. For me, Swarovski, Lance, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Polo, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Guess, Ralph Lauren and Coach are most likely middle class brands in America. What do you think?

Here is my new look for today!

red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest
red leather skirt with tripped tee and white long vest

SHOP MY LOOK:

Striped tee similar here and here//BCBG red leather skirt same here//White long vest similar here//Nine West Red heels similar here//Rocksbox necklace use code colorandgracexoxo to get first month free//Valentino gold bag similar here//My Arm Charms Teel bracelet same here It is only $8.99 now! Watch similar here

TODAY’S LINKUP PARTY:

Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me

Garay Treasures

Turning Heads #Linkup

Trend Spin Linkup with Laura @ Walking In Memphis in High Heels

STYLE SESSIONS LINK UP

I do deClaire

I Feel Pretty

Celebrate Southern

CHICSTYLE LINK-UP

Cheers!

Grace

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