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The Teysha Journal

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 TOUR: THE POP-UP SHOP

Yesterday we built our pop-up shop. Right now it feels like a little beach house, with strung up lights and canvas walls. We met candle and djembe makers, and caught up with vendor friends from last year. We even started talking with someone who told us they’d recently walked through the Grand Canyon in their Teysha sandals! For dinner, we … Continue reading →
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TEYSHA TOUR: ARRIVING AT BONNAROO

On day two, we drove through a thunderstorm to Nashville, and stopped at a fried chicken joint recommended by some friends called Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. Hattie B’s is keepin earth weird by making their chicken “Fire Starter” hot! Then we headed over to get some reclaimed wood for our pop-up shop. We love how even this wood has a … Continue reading →
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TEYSHA TOUR: THE BEGINNING

As we headed towards Bonnaroo on our first day of the Teysha Tour, we passed big Texas skies and wide open pastures. When the sun began to sink as we neared the Arkansas border, we saw fields filled with sunflowers, turning their heads towards the last rays. Along the way, we pulled over at Czech Stop, in the tiny Texas … Continue reading →
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THE GOODS: TRAVELER BAGS

Today, the Teysha Team hits the road for Bonnaroo Music Festival! We’re so excited for all the adventures this trip will bring, and of course for the sunshine and music at the end of the road. We’re also testing out our brand new leather and cotton Traveler Bags, hand sewn in Guatemala. Travis and Sophie each packed two months worth of clothes in their … Continue reading →
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INSPIRATION: VIBRANCY

Here at Teysha, we are constantly amazed at the vibrancy of the huipil (wee-peel) made by the Guatemalan women. The intricacy and variety of the fabric seems otherworldly – that is, until the we see the land of Guatemala. Guatemalan nature is wonderfully colorful. The tropical birds, flowers, and fruit make the country rich in beauty. Their vibrancy pops against the black volcanic rock and … Continue reading →
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Fashion Revolution Day

    Today is Fashion Revolution Day, a day to honor the lives and hopes and dreams of the people, all over the world, who make the goods we wear.  We believe in connecting with the talented folks who create our goods. The better we know each other, the more we care for and value each other and become a strong community. We can choose quality over quantity, and respect for artisan communities and the planet. Many of us have had the experience of walking into a big, fast fashion, store and seeing the racks and racks of beautiful, and amazingly cheap clothing. We have all become so accustomed to buying, buying, buying, things we don't need, things we won't...
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Teysha's new World HQ in Austin!

It's been an amazing two years of nomadic entrepreneurship, going from city to city, around Austin, around the world, sharing our message and meeting so many fine folks. We are excited, though, to be putting down some roots in Austin and in Guatemala this year!! Our new space is going to be a place of community, art, handmade crafts, entrepreneurship, and creativity. More than a shop, more than an office, the space will continue to develop with your help! For our Austin roots, we chose our favorite street-- South 1st street, and found an awesome location with a lot of history. We have always loved designing our festival and events booths, but this project was on another level. So, we...
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Guate Boots First Birthday

We are here, today, because of you. Without your initial support back in February 2013 and in each subsequent round of boots, there simply would not have been another way for us to launch the project at the time. It was only with your support, which was at its core an investment, that we were able to take that risk and the leap of faith to begin something new and different like this. Boot by boot, it has been quite a journey. The Begnnings A year ago, we had an idea, but we didn't know how we were going to make it happen. So Sanders, Travis and I decided to just go for it. I have never felt so energized as...
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April Boot Tour

A year ago we took a leap and landed into the world of custom hand-crafted boots. We started with a couple of pairs of boots, a small team of artisan cobblers, collected many-a-textiles from Mayan women throughout Antigua and got busy making our first round of boots. This leap propelled us into a wild journey of building supply chains, organizational processes, design, and all sorts of other challenges and has lead us to the point where we are actually creating our own shoe workshop where we can help many artisans gain access to the resources, designs, and knowledge to be a part of the global marketplace. Without you, none of this would ever have happened. We would like to invite...
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Teysha selected for THREE high honors in the social entrepreneurship world!

We are so excited to announce we have recently been selected for THREE amazing opportunities in the global development world for Teysha, our team, and our artisans.    First, Sophie and Travis were selected to be part of the 2014 class of the Agora Impact Accelerator. Being selected to participate in the accelerator means that we will have undergo a five month intensive period of mentoring, business planning, impact assessment, helping take our business and our impact to the next level. We are honored to be a part of the class of 2014!!  Please visit Agora Partnerships online to learn more about their vision and how the accelerator works!   The Agora program does come with a cost, and we were...
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