Season 8 Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones has another line of jewelry out, this time for Piperlime. According to them, the collection was handmade by artisans in Bogota and 100% of net profits are being donated to Aid to Artisans.
“Aid to Artisans (ATA), an international nonprofit organization, is a recognized leader in economic development for the craft sector. By linking artisans to new markets and buyers to culturally meaningful and innovative products, ATA provides needed economic opportunities to artisans to build profitable craft businesses.”
That sounds very Gretchen-y. Say what you will about her airy-fairy ways, she’s putting her money where her mouth is this time (almost literally). As for the pieces themselves, we’re going to be facing revolt in the comments section, but we really like them:
Ignore the eye-roll-inducing names for a second. This is the most (pun intended) polished work she’s produced yet. Compare this with her last jewelry line, which looked a lot rougher and more naive. Like it or not, the girl has grown as a designer. There are some really great pieces here.
[Photo Credit: piperlime.gap.com]