So here it goes… the start of my first blog. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back soon. My name is Ed Edmundson and I’m the founder of EarthDivas.com. I’m in Kathmandu Nepal today, working on new designs and just thought I should start sharing this experience with others.
This was a quick trip, just one week, so it’s been crazy busy, but it’s never been more fun. I’ve been doing this since 2004 and it gets better and better each year. I think the designs we’re working on now are some of the best we’ve ever done. We’ll have some beautiful new handbags for the Modern Eco Collection and for Young & Fun. MEC are somewhat more conservative designs with a splash of Nepali funk. Y&F is just what it sounds like with bright, loud colors and over the top shapes and sizes.
We’re working on lots of new handbag, scarf and hat designs for fall/winter 2011 and spring/summer 2012. For holiday we’re adding a some really cute kids wool caps & mittens.
Each year we try to move the fair trade needle forward by helping our artisan groups in any way we can. In the past, we’ve helped them find and finance better locations that are larger and have more natural light. This year we are working on something truly amazing. I’ll write more about it later, but if we pull this off, it will be one of our greatest accomplishments. In short, we’re working to move production from Kathmandu out to the villages where the artisans live and where the hemp grows wild. By doing this, we’ll greatly increase the amount of money we pay to the artisans, and greatly improve their way of life. We are just starting and it may take a while to do this, but it’s one more step forward in this wonderful and exciting journey of ours.
I’ll take some more pic’s today and upload them soon. Below are some of our new wool animal caps and mittens that we’re working on for holiday. Thanks for reading and we hope you’ll come back soon. Take Care, Ed–