August 14, 2014

form & function: DAAME bags for literacy

This first week with Seth in school has been awesome. Yes, it's an adjustment. But the little bit of structure our new schedule added to the day is just what I needed to draw some motivation to take care of lots of things I usually overlook. I'm tired from waking up extra early, but it's the kind of fatigue that feels accomplished, and I count that as a good thing.

Earlier this week, my kids and I headed to the local library after picking Seth up from school. It was time to exchange his stack of loaner books for some new ones. I love how he lights up to hear a new story. I'm thankful for the time we spend cuddled up with a stack of new books. It reminds me of the time when I was little and I devoured books one after the other- especially classics like Alice in Wonderland and the entire original Nancy Drew series.

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And then I think about how grateful I am that I can read the words on the page to him and then I can sit down in the light of my MacBook Pro and type in these words to tell you about it. No, really- I hope you understand how monumental this really is.

Recently, I learned about DAAME, a company dedicated to crafting timelessly styled handbags and totes. Their bags are so gorgeous: crafted from supple Italian leather, made by hand in the United States and designed with a perfect balance of elegant form and function in mind. Best of all:

DAAME will contribute 5% of their earnings to partners such as Outliers International, that are dedicated to educating girls living in impoverished regions.


In some regions of the world, only a minority of all women ever learn to read. Take for instance Pakistan, where there is a great disparity in the quality of education between boys and girls. Women living in poverty are especially vulnerable to the pressures of a society that devalues their intellectual worth.
This is just the kind of bag I've been searching for: one big enough to carry my laptop on-the-go (it has a special reinforced pocket inside for this purpose) and classy enough for any occasion. Basically- I need a tote that can handle whatever I throw at it- diapers and wipes, laptop and cords, a stack of library books... even, it seems, a cat:


I am filthy rich- how extravagant is my wealth! My parents were able to send me to a great school and I not only learned to read and write- but I also do it for pleasure! In my free time, I love to read. Given more time, I like to write even more. I am free to read my Bible- in public, without criticism from passersby. I set a goal for myself to read 52 books in one year- one each week. It's decadence, I tell you. A luxury I take for granted.

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development... Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right. (Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General))
I'm thankful for the opportunity to partner with DAAME- a company founded with more than a product in mind. I believe in brands with a vision for making the world a better place to live! I think this mama's found a brand new bag.

DAAME
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