I was very humbled when Heather Schultz, the Co-Founder of an amazing jewelry company called Dikokore Designs, reached out to me to collaborate with her on today’s blog post.  Heather and her boyfriend, Juan, founded Dikokore Designs– a company that is committed to the financial, educational and social empowerment of women and girls in Dikokore, Benin.  Heather was recently stationed in Dikokore with the Peace Corps and she was so inspired by the women there that she decided to create this charitable business to meld her love for fashion with her passion for helping others.

dikokore Through the company, she and Juan went onto sell colorful bracelets like I am wearing above to help to fund educational scholarships for the girls of Dikokore so they are able to attend school. Since each handwoven bracelet is painstakingly made by the women of Dikokore, the company also provides supplemental income for the women artisans of the area.Dikokore Braceletsbracelets_57 This foundation is incredibly special and admirable and although it has already been featured in such places as the fashion “bible”–Vogue–I would like to ensure that I do everything in my power to continue to get the word out.  A special thanks to Heather’s amazing sister, Dana Schultz, for helping to make this collaboration possible. Please take a moment to check out the Dikokore Designs shop here and spread the word!bracelets_64 Dikokore bracelets_2 THE LOOK: Blue Ray-Ban Sunglasses / Dikokore Bracelets / Naot Sandals (Similar Here) / Black Shorts / Levi’s Vest / Gray V-Neck / Rebecca Minkoff Purse / Michael Kors Watch