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The Teysha Journal — social entrepreneurship

Teysha is a collective of explorers, travelers, designers, and adventurers. Take a peek behind the scenes of our handcrafted goods and our world travels.

Teysha Studio 101

As a Teysha Team, we have organically grown from our original starting place. We still have the same beautiful workshop and artisans, but our style is evolving. As we delve into more refined styles, we have brought aboard creative minds to strategically work together. Heading to Guatemala as a team, we sat down to see where we could grow next. Analyzing our skills and materials while looking back over the history of shoe making, we created what we are excited to release as the Teysha Studio - a refined, female led and focused brand that encompasses the classic, colorful, fun and funky aspects of life. We are beyond proud to share all the exciting styles to come and couldn't be...
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Life on the Isla- the Wonderful Adventures of Alisop!

Welcome back to the wonderful adventures of Alisop! (My Kuna name= Alisop, means one who brings children into the world) I am currently re-adjusting to a new found culture shock upon returning to life on the island after I took a mini ‘work’ trip last week. I’ll give you a ride through the incredible trip that brought me to the jungle of Panama, a private luxury island in Kuna Yala, and back to the nitty gritty Panama City life before I end with a gratitude inducing dose of the reality of Kuna Yala’s extreme poverty. This week’s vacation was all provided by a mutual friend of Teysha, Jimmy Stice. He is the CEO of Kalu Yala, a sustainable community development...
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Life on the Isla -- settling in to Ustupu!

My new love: Ustupu, Kuna Yala! #nofilter (hehe) Nuedi (Hola/Hello) Ani (Amigos/Friends)! I have spent the past week and a half in the beautiful Kuna Yala island of Ustupu and am still in disbelief that it has only been that long and more importantly that this is my new home, complete with a sand floor hut and zero English, for the next 2 months. Each day feels like several have passed even though my schedule is not nearly as jam packed as I am accustomed to in the states. This place truly is paradise with beautiful caribbean water, mountains, hammocks everywhere, and many a passing smiles. While this week has been a roller coaster of emotions from initial extreme culture...
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Liberate Your Sole Tour - Episode 3

Another 10 days down and another 5 wonderful places on our tour! It's absolutely crazy how fast this tour is flying by. We started July in Carlsbad, New Mexico. We had a wonderful girl, Meg, who had purchased a pair of boots and some jewelry from us, and was kind enough to invite us to have a trunk show in Carlsbad. This was really the first time we had done a trunk show with someone we had literally never met before and in a city we had never been to. Meg, her husband, and her sister made us feel right at home. Her friends all came and were so sweet and excited and supportive-- by the end of the night...
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Official Boot (fun) Business in Chichicastenango

     A trip to Chichicastenango, a few hours by bus from Antigua, can be an overwhelming experience - but the amazing collection of artisan goods being sold by the artists there make for an unforgettable experience. Artisans - men, women, and their families - make the journey to Chichicastenango each week to gain a wider audience for their goods, and tourists travel hundreds of miles to lay their eyes on this famed market.       I wanted my first visit to the market to be a real Guatemalan adventure, so I grabbed a chicken bus early in the morning that I was told went somewhere in the vicinity of Chichi. This bus dropped me off in a town called Chimaltenango and...
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Liberate Your Sole Tour- Week 1!

Wooh! Crazy how fast a week (or two) can go by! The past 11 days have been full of Nature, new friends, new cities, great food, music, lots of shoes and boots, and all around good times! Before we left Austin, we were in major preparation mode- getting the Teysha Nomad (our vehicle) ready, preparing our Bonnaroo display, organizing inventory, printing, trying to think of everything we could ever possibly need after arriving to Bonnaroo. It was much different compared to our booth at ACL where we were just 15 minutes away from home- now we were 15 hours away and going to be living on the Bonnaroo farm for 6 days...! We were nervous, excited, a bit frightened, but...
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Guate Boots - notes from the field

 Read on to learn more about some of the improvements and processes we're doing for Round 2 of Guate Boots! Yo folks, wanted to give y'all a little update on our efforts in Guatemala and a little forewarning that we are running out of space in Round 2 and that the price of our boots for round 3 may be going up a bit more. DEADLINE IS THURSDAY NIGHT! We have just released a whole bunch of beautiful vintage huipil tapestries so go check them out if you haven't reserved your pair. Now, I wanted to give y'all an update on the boot making front and the wonderful strides we're taking. First round, we made a quality boot but it...
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Please welcome Hanna, our new community development director in Guatemala!

 Join us in welcoming Hanna to team Teysha! She is our rockstar community developer down on the ground in Guatemala. She'll be helping everyone source the most amazing, fairly traded textiles as well as developing all sorts of anthropological and sociological projects to help further empower artisans and sustainable supply chains. She is awesome!    
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Teysha's 1 year anniversary!!!

  When did Teysha begin...? It could be said that Teysha begun 24 years ago when we were born. Or 8 years ago when we became close friends and co-dreamers on an environmental science trip to Hawaii. Or 6-8 years ago when we each made our first solo trip to Central America. Or 3 years ago when we were both doing life-changing internships and study abroad in the Americas. Or 2 years ago when we graduated from school, or in January 2012 when we set off to Panama, or in May 2012 when we had our first pop up shop. We're calling May the anniversary, but it's all relative :) The point being that Teysha, or the idea of Teysha...
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