The WHY of Mariposa Skies

The WHY of Mariposa Skies

The Why: My Story

First and foremost, I would like to sincerely welcome you to Mariposa Skies. I am so very grateful you are here!

 

The why of Mariposa Skies is built on a simple purpose, and it is truly the underlying reason for doing what I do. Simply put, it is to bring worlds together. My way of connecting worlds together has always been through the fashion I would purchase during my travels. I remember the fateful moment it all started.  I was on a family road trip and I was wearing my canga (also known as sarong). It was a winter road trip so I was wearing it as my scarf. We stopped at a little roadside gas station in the middle of no where U.S.A. and the woman behind the counter said- "Oh, I just love your scarf! Where did you get it?" Excitedly I replied, "Thank you! I got it when I was in Brazil!" She then had a mixture of disappointment and awe on her face, and said, "Oh, I really was hoping it would be somewhere I could purchase it!" For some reason I felt the need to apologize and then said "I know- that would be so amazing wouldn't it!" I am sure you can guess what happened next...a light bulb went off and I started to dream of how I could possibly make the world's fashion available to everyone. Thus began my journey of starting Mariposa Skies.

 

I have learned that every piece of fashion you own has a story. Your style speaks volumes, without having to say a word. These days much of fashion has become convenient and fast. We are used to not thinking where clothing is made because it is rarely talked about; we know everything is outsourced.  Somewhere along the way we stopped thinking about the people who are making our fashion and the conditions in which those items are being made. Mariposa Skies stands out in the fashion industry by telling you the story of where that fashion came from and who made it. I like to call it 'the who' who is behind the look.

 

The Why: My Dream

My dream is to create a fashion industry that is inclusive and celebratory-where we all consume with intention for everyone's benefit- an industry that is filled with abundance for everyone involved.  Where the why that I stand for is a universal one. Thus I created Mariposa Skies, where peoples' cultures are celebrated through the fashion they wear and make.

 

I wanted to take it a step further than just the knowledge of knowing.  I want everyone to participate in being able to add styles from around the world to their everyday look.  Here you will not only be able to buy clothing and accessories from other countries, but more importantly you will know where they came from and who made them.

 

The Why: The Artisans

I tell the stories of the artisans and shop owners for a reason; that reason is to encourage learning about each other's differences. I don’t change the voice of the artisan, by telling them what to design, I allow their voice to shine bright through the fashion they create. Many of the fashion wares you find here are made within the traditions of the artisan’s culture. I bring you fashion curated from around the world, handmade by individual artisans.

 

Here we celebrate the world we live in through its fashion and the artisans who make it. Through shopping the world’s markets, I hand pick local artisans who make unique fashion pieces. I learn all about their story, invest in the fashion they create, and bring those items back to share their culture and stories with you.

 

There is beauty to be seen in all of us. Let's knock down the barriers and prejudices we all have and see the beauty each of us holds. Thank you for your visit! I hope you enjoy your shopping experience with Mariposa Skies!

 

To see the why of Mariposa Skies in a creative light click here...this tells you what we believe and are all about!

Katy Schlegel-Creator and Owner

The Why: My Story

First and foremost, I would like to sincerely welcome you to Mariposa Skies. I am so very grateful you are here!

 

The why of Mariposa Skies is built on a simple purpose, and it is truly the underlying reason for doing what I do. Simply put, it is to bring worlds together. My way of connecting worlds together has always been through the fashion I would purchase during my travels. I remember the fateful moment it all started.  I was on a family road trip and I was wearing my canga (also known as sarong). It was a winter road trip so I was wearing it as my scarf. We stopped at a little roadside gas station in the middle of no where U.S.A. and the woman behind the counter said- "Oh, I just love your scarf! Where did you get it?" Excitedly I replied, "Thank you! I got it when I was in Brazil!" She then had a mixture of disappointment and awe on her face, and said, "Oh, I really was hoping it would be somewhere I could purchase it!" For some reason I felt the need to apologize and then said "I know- that would be so amazing wouldn't it!" I am sure you can guess what happened next...a light bulb went off and I started to dream of how I could possibly make the world's fashion available to everyone. Thus began my journey of starting Mariposa Skies.

 

I have learned that every piece of fashion you own has a story. Your style speaks volumes, without having to say a word. These days much of fashion has become convenient and fast. We are used to not thinking where clothing is made because it is rarely talked about; we know everything is outsourced.  Somewhere along the way we stopped thinking about the people who are making our fashion and the conditions in which those items are being made. Mariposa Skies stands out in the fashion industry by telling you the story of where that fashion came from and who made it. I like to call it 'the who' who is behind the look.

 

The Why: My Dream

My dream is to create a fashion industry that is inclusive and celebratory-where we all consume with intention for everyone's benefit- an industry that is filled with abundance for everyone involved.  Where the why that I stand for is a universal one. Thus I created Mariposa Skies, where peoples' cultures are celebrated through the fashion they wear and make.

 

I wanted to take it a step further than just the knowledge of knowing.  I want everyone to participate in being able to add styles from around the world to their everyday look.  Here you will not only be able to buy clothing and accessories from other countries, but more importantly you will know where they came from and who made them.

 

The Why: The Artisans

I tell the stories of the artisans and shop owners for a reason; that reason is to encourage learning about each other's differences. I don’t change the voice of the artisan, by telling them what to design, I allow their voice to shine bright through the fashion they create. Many of the fashion wares you find here are made within the traditions of the artisan’s culture. I bring you fashion curated from around the world, handmade by individual artisans.

 

Here we celebrate the world we live in through its fashion and the artisans who make it. Through shopping the world’s markets, I hand pick local artisans who make unique fashion pieces. I learn all about their story, invest in the fashion they create, and bring those items back to share their culture and stories with you.

 

There is beauty to be seen in all of us. Let's knock down the barriers and prejudices we all have and see the beauty each of us holds. Thank you for your visit! I hope you enjoy your shopping experience with Mariposa Skies!

 

To see the why of Mariposa Skies in a creative light click here...this tells you what we believe and are all about!

Katy Schlegel-Creator and Owner

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