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ABOUT US

LOTUSLAND IMPORTS:

Vancouver owned. Founded in 2011 by Susan Bibbings - 'Big Dreamer and Social Entrepreneur' passionate about making the world a better place by creating an ethical brand made up of design-forward inspirational Collections made to the highest standard of quality and craftsmanship. Following Fair Trade Practices LOTUSLAND acts as a bridge, sourcing extraordinary collaborative initiatives that make a positive social and environmental change in the world. Curated Luxury Ethical Designs.

Lotusland Imports is rooted in ethics. Every item is produced sustainably, acting as a vehicle for positive social and environmental change --  And the result is beautiful.

 

THE KILIMANJARO KOLLECTION:

An extraordinary conversation-starting jewellery collection. Fashionable, statement pieces designed under the mentorship of Francesca Torri Soldini at Italy's prestigious Istituto Europeo di Design. From there, Maasai artisan women meticulously handcraft the designs into breathtaking jewellery -- right in their own villages at the foothills of Kilimanjaro -- replacing deforestation with artisanship.Think high fashion fusion where Milan meets Maasai.

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FLIP THE FLOP COLLECTION:

Turning Flip Flop pollution into Art to promote Conservation of our Oceans. 

A Collection of fun and whimsical art animals, created to raise awareness that the Ocean needs our help.  These pieces are handcarved from old discarded Flip Flop sandals found in the oceans and waterways that are killing human and marine life in their journey from the dumps to the beaches.

This project cleans up tonnes of Flip Flops from the Ocean and waterways in Kenya, provides steady income to over 150 low-income Kenyans, and contributes over 10% of revenue to marine conservation programmes.

 

THE OUT OF AFRICA COLLECTION:

Chic handbag and bag designs with a unique African feel. Exquisite artisan craftsmanship using supple, locally tanned cowhides, suedes, goatfurs and cowfurs in fashionable colours and patterns. Impressive attention to detail finished with imported fittings and beautifully designed cloth lining. Featuring locally sourced embellishments such as ostrich shell, handcrafted glass beads and "Angoni" cow horn. This cottage industry has revived leather craftsmanship in the area with training initiatives and fair trade employment, using only 100% food supply sourced goat and cow hides to minimize waste.

 


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 Want to learn about our first Collection?....

The idea for this jewellery project actually came as a creative and collaborative environmental solution to help stop deforestation in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, East Africa, while simultaneously addressing the poverty of the local Maasai tribe by using an innovative business solution. Until our jewellery project, the Maasai tribeswomen in this region generated income by cutting down trees and making and selling charcoal. This resulting deforestation was unsustainable and destructive to the balance of the ecosystem.

In 2006, through a chance meeting of two women in the small Kilimanjaro airport waiting room, a clever but very simple idea was born. Both women discussed how deeply troubled they were by the increasing rate of deforestation and desertification they were witnessing in the region, how bans had failed and were impossible to implement - yet these Maasai women needed a way to make money to support their families. As the women talked the answer became clear. By combining strengths - the design genius from Italy and the rich beading artisanship of the Maasai - a company could be created offering an alternative work solution. Now instead of logging for charcoal these highly talented women artisans are meticulously handcrafting pieces of wearable art using designs created by students at the Istituto Europea di Design in Milan, mentored by partner and Director Francesca Soldini.

The development of this alternative micro enterprise now protects the environment, preserves indigenous culture, at the same time creates a stable and sustainable income source for the women. Now that's a beautiful thing on many levels!

Join us. Every dollar we spend is a vote cast for the kind of world we want to create.

Own a piece of the movement towards fairness, it's a beautiful thing!

 

Maasai artisan women are able to work from home on their tribal lands, together with their children

 

Sales revenue from this unique collection has greatly improved life for this entire Maasai community as these artisans now have steady employment with great working conditions where they can work on their tribal land without separation from their children,  and are paid fair wages. This stable source of income means they not only gain independence, but with basic needs covered, such as food, medicine and education, they are able to create better lives for themselves, their families and community. Moreover, using this company as a vehicle to teach business and entrepreneurial skills, the Maasai women grow more confident to explore other areas of the company, from design to retail operations.

By helping to develop stable trade channels and access to world markets, Lotusland Imports proudly partners with this international fashion initiative, introducing this stunning high quality Collection to Canada, the US and beyond. 

 It is our hope that people who purchase and wear our beautiful jewellery not only love their pieces and derive great pleasure in wearing them, but also know that by participating in this global beauty collaboration they are allowing these women a well-deserved opportunity to join the world economy on equal footing and bring their exquisite work to market.