Apr 15

Is It Your Turn to Lead?

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Earth Day is April 22nd.  This year marks the 45th anniversary of a movement that started in America and has grown to include 192 countries! According to Earthday.org, “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

This year’s theme is “It’s our turn to lead.”  To symbolize this theme, our Earth Day 2015 bracelet  features 4 Zulugrass strands, one for the earth, one for the sky, one for the waterways, and the last strand represents the individual that is wearing it, one who is “taking the lead”.!  You can purchase yours this week for $31.95, a savings of $20, to show your commitment to our planet.

Check out earthday.org to find out more ways YOU can get involved. Wearing Zulugrass is just the start!

Apr 15

Discover Manos Zapotecas

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This week, we are teaming up with fellow Fair Trade Federation member Manos Zapotecas in our “Celebrate Fair Trade Giveaway,” and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Manos Zapotecas produces gorgeous hand woven bags, rugs and pillows.

Besides our obvious connection in fair trade principles, there are many similarities between the two companies. Like The Leakey Collection, the designs of Manos Zapotecas are modern, yet utilize an age old skill of the region. Manos Zapotecas employs men and women in Oaxaca, Mexico to weave, an art that has been a part of their culture since 500 BC.  Expert weaver Malena says that part of her motivation is “to make sure that the old designs never die”.  She was taught to weave by her mother when she was just 10 years old, and you can see her gorgeous designs here.

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Additionally, the designs from both companies are very colorful and full of life. The Spring 2015 Collection of Manos Zapotecas was inspired by the vibrant colors and energy of springtime in Oaxaca, Mexico. Their products hold an element of discovery, from the significance of each Zapotec design, to the bold color combinations, and most importantly, of the hands from which they come. Each beautiful handbag provokes images of the charming, tree lined, colonial streets of one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. and

Finally, both companies also have close ties to San Diego.  The founder and CEO of Manos Zapotecas, Shelley Tennyson, lives there as do most of the US based employees from The Leakey Collection.

We are kicking off our Fabulous Fair Trade Celebration Giveaway today with a prize package that includes a stylish handbag from Manos Zapotecas with arm candy from The Leakey Collection to match!  Check for announcements this week on Instagram and Facebook!

Apr 15

Be an Agent for Change and Everyone Wins!

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Created by the World Fair Trade Organization, World Fair Trade Day is May 9th this year. Held annually on the second Saturday of May, it’s a worldwide celebration of the benefits of fair-trade “as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation…that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.”

The theme for 2015 is “Be an Agent for Change!”  From head to toe, it is a lot easier than you think to support fair trade.  Fair trade options are growing and more accessible, making it easier to impact a broader range of individuals on a regular basis. Here are 4 suggestions to live fair trade values:

1) Start each day by enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or tea, one of the most popular fair trade items, with the knowledge that your support directly impacts small scale farmers in developing countries.

2) Wear stylish clothing and accessories, such as jewelry, scarves, and handbags, appreciating that there is an individual behind each product that has been given an opportunity to improve his or her family’s well being.

3) Your house can also reflect the Fair Trade Federation’s principles with baskets, blankets, salad tongs, toys, soap, keychains, and other home décor items. There is even a children’s book entitled Think Fair Trade First, teaching our future world-caretakers that a fair trade store is one “where good things happen when you make a purchase.”

4) Participate and promote the most EXCITING fair trade giveaway of the year! Every week from now until May 9th, the following 6 AMAZING companies (all Fair Trade Federation members!) will host a giveaway on Facebook and another on Instagram. The giveaways (totaling over $700!) begin each Monday, with multiple ways to enter, and the winners will be announced every “Fair Trade Friday!” Simply like each company on both social media sites and look for the weekly announcements on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Faire Collection
Global Goods
Greenola Style
Manos Zapotecas
Mata Traders
The Leakey Collection  

Thanks for being an agent for change!  #celebratefairtrade


Sep 13

Shop & Save to Celebrate the Arrival of Autumn!

fall set with secondary imagesWith the arrival of fall this weekend, now is the time to take advantage of our Autumn Sale to build your jewelry wardrobe! Through Sunday, September 22, save up to 50% off specially selected items. 

Zulugrass is as versatile as the individual who wears it!  And it can fit any wardrobe! That’s why our signature Zulugrass Single Strands have proven over and over that they are the “go-to” accessory for every eco-fashionista.

The photo above of our newest Set of 6 Zulugrass Single Strands (Autumn’s Symphony) shows just a few of the different combinations you can achieve. In addition, each one of these strands can be worn alone, giving you an additional 6 looks!

To add to the versatility, Zulugrass Single Strands can be worn in many different ways: worn long as a necklace, shortened with our necklace clasp or wood hoops, wound 3-4 times around your wrist as a bracelet, twisted, layered with our Zuluwood necklaces or bracelets, with one of our pendants or charms or more. See our Ways to Wear Video on our home page for even more ideas.

How do YOU wear your Zulugrass? Show us by posting photos on our Facebook page.

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Aug 13

Words To Live By

Today, August 26th, marks the 93rd anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Advocates such as Susan B. Anthony devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard. The Amendment begins: “WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens…”

Today we honor all those who fought so tirelessly then and to those who continue to fight to ensure that women across the globe are not treated as second-class citizens.

We offer our brand new Words to Live By jewelry collection to remind us that “Women Helping Women” will always “Make a Better World.”

Please enjoy this video of the beautiful and joyful Maasai women singing as they work. 

Jul 13

Win Bracelets for You and A Friend

friendship quoteTrue friends hard to find, but we know you value those relationships as much as we do. We’re having a social media contest to help you show a friend or two just how much they mean to you as we celebrate Friendship Day.

Friendship Day is dedicated to the bond of friendship and companionship, and this year it’s celebrated on August 4th. The idea of honoring friendships has been appreciated by people in many countries of the world.

Here’s how to play:

  1. Follow The Leakey Collection on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
  2. Post a picture of yourself with friends on one or all of these social media sites.
  3. Use the hashtag #tlcfriends to be entered into the contest, no matter which social media you are using.
  4. These additional hashtags will each earn you an extra entry: #theleakeycollection and #zulugrass or you can tag @theleakeycollection.
  5. We will be announcing winners weekly so follow us for updates.  Each winner will receive a pair of Friendship Bracelets - one to keep and one to give to a friend.
  6. We will be looking for photos that truly express the wonderful bond of friendship. We encourage your creativity and uniqueness!
  7. Photos must be your own featuring you and your friends and can be submitted now through August 4th.

Happy Friendship Day!


Jul 13

Afraid of Color-Blocking?

Do you love the color-blocking trend but just not sure how to pull it off? You can achieve the latest look just by accessorizing. Choose an Eco-Chic Zulugrass Set with 2 strands or by using a combination of 6 strands in a Zulugrass Special Set, make a number of color-blocking combos. YOU are the design stylist!colorblocking trend2

Jun 13

Summer Contest & Sale

Summer is officially here this Friday, and we need some help from you to name some new Zulugrass Special Sets that are perfect for this time of the year.  Starting today through Wednesday, we will be introducing FOUR new collections and each one needs a name.  If you come up with the name we select, you will WIN that set.  This is a social media contest, so make sure that you have “liked” us or Facebook or follow us on Instagram and check in every day to see what set is added. PLUS make sure you check our page on Friday for a special promotion!

We always love reading the creative names that YOU imagine! But each individual strand  in each set also has a name. Have you ever wondered where those names come from? We’d like to share a few with you.

Some names come directly from the environment where Katy & Philip live among the Maasai.  For instance, this blue colorway – Agama Esoit – is named for the beautifully colored reptile, genus Agama, that the Leakeys see around the Esoit Escarpment.agama-esoit

Or this strand – Watamu Sands – named after a place that is close to the Leakeys’ hearts, Watamu.


Sometimes strands are named after important people in their lives, such as Philip’s daughters.daughters-strands

Don’t forget to check our social media this week and join us in celebrating summer!



Jun 13

Fair Trade Weddings Resource Guide


Wedding season is quickly approaching.  It is a day when young couples commit themselves to a partnership with the intention of happily ever after.  It is also a time when a couple can illustrate their personalities and values.  With the growing awareness of fair trade, it is without a doubt that fair trade weddings will be a theme in the upcoming years.  Here is a resource to help brides and grooms execute the perfect fair trade wedding:

Wedding dresses:

Celia Grace

Celia Grace has a mission to provide brides with a gorgeous wedding dress that matches their values of human rights, environmental sustainability, and empowering women. Their wedding gowns are made by women’s cooperatives, fair trade producers, and refugees rebuilding their lives in the United States. Celia Grace provides their producers with safe, fair, and empowering work so that they can invest in themselves, their families, and their communities.

Store located in Amherst, MA


Encore Bridal

A consignment and resale bridal e-Boutique, Encore Bridal offers new, sample, and nearly-new couture. Encore offers eco-conscious and affordable bridal couture. Their collection includes dresses and bridal accessories from today’s most well known designers at 30-70% below retail. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to help cure cervical cancer and HPV.

1288 Columbus Ave. #133, San Francisco, CA



Here are just two of their many wonderful beliefs. These really speak to us:

  • We believe choosing to re-cycle and re-use is just good karma.
  • We believe in serving women’s causes as much as serving women.

The Bridal Garden

The Bridal Garden is a not-for-profit resale bridal boutique run by Geraldine Brower benefiting children’s charities. They showcase stunning designer and couture wedding gowns at up to 75% off retail prices.

54 West 21st St. Suite 901, New York, NY 10010



Bridesmaid  dresses:

Some of our friends offer wonderful fair trade options.   Check out these:






These guys even have a fair trade gift registry.  We love that!



 Gifts for the Wedding Party:

Here’s where we need to shamelessly plug ourselves.  We have many options for both women and men that are sure to please your entire party.  For the special ladies that are standing up for you, why not get each one a unique mix of Zulugrass jewelry?  Select a personalized color combination for each bridesmaid, and then she can wear it as a bracelet or necklace, depending on her preference.


For the men of the group, how about a sustainable place to keep organized at home?  Each man needs a place to empty the contents of his pockets when he gets home.  This tray is made from fallen wood and adds beauty, and organization to any room.


Look for flowers that are grown locally, are in season, and come from farmers that care about the environment.  Farmers markets are a great resource for organic, fair trade farms.

 Table décor:

This is an ideal opportunity for a couple to show their personalities. Centerpieces, napkin ring holders, guest gifts are all ways to show off individuality, values, and character.

There are many DIY ideas for centerpieces and guest gifts.  Some of these include painted stones, with either hearts or messages,  a sea theme, or even just lovely sustainable plants, creatively potted.  We love this pinterest page for more ideas:


We also must note that Zulugrass makes an ideal napkin ring holder, which would brighten any table setting and then serve as a perfect take away gift for each guest.


 Coffee and Tea:

You should definitely serve fair trade coffee and tea at the reception.  That’s an easy one.  Although we are working on our own unique blend, it’s not quite ready so here are some other good options thru the Fair Trade Federation:


If you attend a fair trade wedding this summer, we’d love to hear about it.  Send us your ideas and photos, and we will certainly share them to help create more awareness about the power of fair trade.

May 13

Black & White & Chic All Over!

Don’t miss out on this hot trend!


Black and White is THE fashion trend this season, and it’s one that we love at The Leakey Collection! Every fashion magazine, every runway show, every boutique is presenting this classic and timeless, yet completely fresh, look!

It can be elegant and sophisticated or casual and simple. As usual, the right accessories can really make your whole look complete. But if you don’t feel comfortable with head-to-toe black & white, we can still help you stay on trend with our black and white jewelry pieces!  Click here to see all our Black & White jewelry.

Check out our Look Book video showing this Black and White trend! Click here Black and White Look Book or on the photo below to begin the video.