Treat Yourself: Mercado Global Madeline Tote

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Mercado Global Madeline Tote

I spotted this Madeline Tote ($170) at Mercado Global and those sunny colors just screamed “summer” to me! This fun tote can be worn as a crossbody or carried in hand with the two top handles. It might be a little pricey for a beach bag, but if I were planning on spending the bulk of the summer on the water then there is no doubt this is the bag I would want with me. (As it is, I’m trying to figure out if I can fit it into my budget for our upcoming vacation to Costa Rica!)

Mercado Global Madeline Tote - Summer

I got to take a peek at the Mercado Global lookbook, and the summer version of the Madeline Tote will soon be available. I’m really not sure which color scheme I like more. They’re both beautiful!

While $170 is more than I pay for most things, the money goes to a good cause. Mercado Global is an awesome organization working to empower indigenous women in Guatemala, 75% of whom live below the poverty line.

From the Mercado Global website:

Mercado Global is a social enterprise with an innovative approach to fighting poverty and empowering women in rural Guatemala. By providing business development support and connecting artisan cooperatives to sales opportunities in the U.S. on an unprecedented scale, Mercado Global partner artisans are a source of change in global sourcing practices.

Each Mercado Global collection starts with a journey to the highlands of Guatemala where our designers partner with indigenous women artisans to develop unique pieces that combine Mayan craftsmanship with modern design. From one of the most marginalized populations in the world, our partner artisans are rising to become leaders in their communities and are sending their children to school, often for the first time.

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