See Lauren Conrad's trip to Dallas last month with The Little Market

If you’ve been following along with me and The Little Market on Instagram, you may have seen that my good friend Hannah Skvarla and I recently spent a few days in Texas. We had a wonderful time meeting with one of our artisan partners, GAIA.

As you may know, The Little Market is a nonprofit that I co-founded with Hannah almost three years ago. We source and hand-select fair trade products from more than 40 artisan partners located throughout the world. We are proud to work with four amazing groups in the United States, and GAIA is one of them.

Lauren Conrad visiting The Little Market partner GAIA

GAIA is based out of Dallas and supports and employs marginalized refugee women. GAIA empowers these women and trains them to create accessories such as our pom pom bags and our pillows. The group is truly inspiring and works hard to encourage the financial independence of female refugees.

Lauren's trip to Dallas for The Little Market

On our visit, we met with refugees from Congo, Burma, and Syria. I really enjoyed getting to know them. We had a lot of fun working on custom designs for The Little Market, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Lauren Conrad's visit to GAIA in Dallas, TX

Here are some of our favorite products by GAIA:

Ikat White Pom Pom Bag

1. Ikat White Pom Pom Bag, $124
I’ve loved carrying handmade bags like this one. It’s perfect for traveling, and I just took it with me on my recent trip to Thailand for The Little Market.

Mudcloth Black Pouch

2. Mudcloth Black Pouch, $38 (Small) or $64 (Large)
This pouch is beautiful and great as a carryall for your everyday essentials.

Indigo Fold Over Clutch

3. Mudcloth Indigo Fold-Over Clutch, $178
Take this clutch with you for a variety of occasions. It’s adorable to pair with a casual outfit.

To learn more about GAIA and the rest of our artisan partners and to shop for handmade, fair trade products, visit our website.

What are some of your favorite products from The Little Market?

I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments!

XO Lauren

Photos: Valorie Darling for The Little Market
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  • Kate

    Lauren, first of all, products from The Little Market are really cute and beautiful: I love things for children especially.

    But, the most important thing is, that you doing something great for that women. It’s sad to say, but it’s something, what a lot of people from all over the world will never understand (my own master’s thesis concerned refugees so I really know what I’m talking about).

    I want to thank you for this organization and wish you and your friends from The Little Market all the best!

    XO

  • Joules

    What a powerful and wonderful thing for you to do. I’m so glad you covered your trip in this post. I’d love to see more posts like this!

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  • Jessica

    It’s so excellent that you are now working with women experiencing displacement, my favorite item is the indigo fold-over clutch, so beautiful! Keep up the great work!

  • beauty for bloggers

    I truly love, respect and support this mission…and I can’t get enough of TLM products….they have become my non-guilty pleasure.

  • Amy Pham Berthod

    Thank you