Vietnam Photoshoot for the Noonday Lookbook and Website

standing with the water buffalo horns in the field before turning them into jewelrypieces.

standing with the water buffalo horns in the field before turning them into jewelrypieces.

- behind the scenes // noonday collection - 

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finished horn jewelry necklaces outside the artisan workshop.

finished horn jewelry necklaces outside the artisan workshop.

Today I spoke with Noonday about my experience documenting one of their artisan partners in Vietnam.  Noonday is an amazing company that I have to highlight. The founder, Jessica Honegger began selling fair trade jewelry to raise money for her son's adoption from Rwanda. The response was overwhelming and she started an ambassador program shortly after. Now she runs Noonday in Austin, Texas with her business partner, Travis Wilson. They focus on alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship, here in Texas and aboard. Today, they have ambassadors across the country, offering the opportunity to use purchasing power to create change in the world (while looking really good along the way)!

This October, I was so fortunate to spend a week in Hanoi, Vietnam, photographing and filming the small fair trade villages focusing on horn jewelry, lacquer and the Vibrant Stitches bag. 

I was touched by the stories of the workers, how fair trade opportunities have given them the means to send their children to school and pay for proper medical care. They are now able to work in their villages with their family and friends; on an ancient trade that had been passed down through the generations. Noonday has given these groups the leverage to expand their businesses to larger audiences, and they're not only doing in Vietnam but across the globe! Check out their website to find our more on the impact their making and browse their online store - beautiful pieces that make a difference in our world!

the horns are taken from water buffalo after they naturally die outside their village.

the horns are taken from water buffalo after they naturally die outside their village.

finished horn necklace >>> shop on noondaycollection.com

finished horn necklace >>> shop on noondaycollection.com

finished necklace.

finished necklace.

water buffalo horns.

water buffalo horns.

artian workers laughing before a film interview for noonday.

artian workers laughing before a film interview for noonday.

radiant smiles!

radiant smiles!

everyone was so welcoming and warm!

everyone was so welcoming and warm!

vibrant stitches bag, finished and ready to send off to noonday // shop it here >>>

vibrant stitches bag, finished and ready to send off to noonday // shop it here >>>

behind the scenes // vibrant stitches bag

behind the scenes // vibrant stitches bag

colorful thread

colorful thread

buddhist text in the artisan shop

buddhist text in the artisan shop

detail fabric on the vibrant stitches bag

detail fabric on the vibrant stitches bag

squares of fabric ready to be stitched together for the outside of the vibrant stitches bag

squares of fabric ready to be stitched together for the outside of the vibrant stitches bag

ironing native vietnamese h'mong fabric

ironing native vietnamese h'mong fabric

sewing all the fabric squares together

sewing all the fabric squares together

inside the artisan workshop outside of hanoi, vietnam

inside the artisan workshop outside of hanoi, vietnam

after an interview outside of the workshop

after an interview outside of the workshop