When I travel, it’s just as important for me to take in as many sights as possible as it is to take home as many souvenirs as possible! I’m kidding, but I do enjoy shopping for unique finds in other countries. I love to visit local markets to buy handmade crafts or clothing. (I’m still pining for that knit sweater I left behind in Paris. And that traditional Thai Dance Headdress). There are many things I had to leave behind because I just wasn’t practical to lug them from country to country. But you don’t have to be limited by the space in your suitcase – you can shop haute finds from all over the world, from the comfort of your couch, at NOVICA!
The mission of NOVICA is to spread happiness, between happy artisans and happy customers. NOVICA unites talented artisans from countries around the world, including India, Brazil, Peru, Thailand, Ghana and so many more. They create everything from fair trade jewelry to paintings, home décor and clothing and plenty of other unique gifts. These artisans typically don’t have the means to sell their work internationally, but NOVICA allows them the opportunity to use a free platform to reach customers on a global scale.
When you purchase a product from NOVICA, you also learn about the life of the artist behind the product and you get the opportunity to give back. For many of the items available for sale on the site, your purchase directly benefits the artisan behind it! You can learn more about NOVICA’s mission to support global artisans on their page.
I got the chance to pick out an item from NOVICA and I went with this Autumn Splendor Women’s Alpaca Wool Poncho, created by Alfredo Falcon, a Peruvian artist who specializes in weaving (by hand and on classic machinery), incorporating Incan and colonial motifs.
Love my poncho? Want your own, or another haute find from NOVICA? I’m giving away a $75 NOVICA gift card! All you have to do is leave a comment below or tweet @WhatsHaute about what you’ll buy with that $75 from NOVICA.com. Click here to browse and Shop NOVICA New Arrivals from Around the World!
Contest ends March 6, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be contacted via email and has 24 hours to respond or else an alternate winner will be selected. Special thanks to NOVICA for this giveaway.
Some picks from NOVICA.com: