If the thoughtful and handmade pieces from The Little Market aren’t enough to capture your heart, it’s co-founders surely will. Besties and business partners, Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla are the beauties and the brains behind this philanthropic online marketplace.
These two are empowering female artisans around the world by giving them a place to sell their products. This isn’t just giving them some extra spending money, for many of them…it’s helping them to educate their children…it’s changing their lives.
I feel very lucky to have women like this in my life. The way that they look at the world is just different. At every turn they are asking “who can we help, how can we get involved.” It makes me happy to know that there are still role models out there…like Hannah and Lauren, for our little girls to look up to.
How did you two meet?
We met in class at FIDM in Orange County.
What inspired you to start The Little Market?
When we travel together we always look for a local marketplace. We love to meet with artisans who have been making beautiful items by hand for generations. We wanted to find a way to connect these talented artisans with a larger audience so more people could have access to their beautiful designs.
You both have big, generous hearts! Who instilled this in you?
Thank you, so do you! Our families have always emphasized the importance of giving back and helping others.
Throughout your travels, what has been your most cherished moment?
That is such a hard question! Each trip has so many special moments. On our trip to Guatemala we drove to a home to meet with artisans who were making bracelets. The women shared with us that the income they have generated from the sales of their bracelets has been life changing for their families. They can now afford the school fees to send their children to school. For many of the families this will be the first generation of children to complete high school.
Any travel must haves?
We pack delicious snacks for road trips and plane flights. We always put luggage tags on our bags to make sure they are easy to identify. We do a lot of shopping on our trips so we always pack an extra duffle bag in our suitcase to bring our travel finds home. Finally, we always travel with a camera to capture as many moments as possible.
What is one thing you HOPE people say about you behind your back?
We hope that people say that we are kind, genuine, and compassionate.
I love that you guys are all about girl/ women empowerment! What is the biggest change you wish to see for young women in the future?
We hope that more girls are able to get an education. In an interview with the Huffington Post, “Women Hold up Half the Sky,” Nick Kristof spoke about the power of educating girls and providing employment opportunities for women in working toward social justice: “If one wants to address environmental issues; if one wants to chip away at global poverty; if one wants to reduce the threat of civil conflict and terrorism; then there are no quick fixes to any of these problems. But in general educating girls around the world, and bringing those educated women into the labor force, tends to work better than just about anything else.”
Gift Items for the Cook from The Little Market
Salad Lover’s Gift Box The perfect gift for any host or hostess! This box includes a serving bowl, twisted spoons and a little heart bowl.
Thyme Candle Enjoy the smell of fresh herbs with this soothing candle.
Matching Aprons Treat yourself and your little chef to a handsewn and blockprinted apron printed with pretty posies.
Cook Book Featuring over 100 recipes, Share offers a vibrant look into the day-to-day lives and inspiring kitchens of women from around the the world.
Condiment Bowls A beautiful option for organizing your go-to seasonings, these hand-carved olive wood bowls get more beautiful with age.
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