California-based jewellery company 31 Bits has tapped Aussie model Vanessa Milde for its latest shoot, with the brunette beauty looking every bit the boho babe for the brand’s Fall 2014 campaign. 31 Bits’ handmade, tribal-infused designs are perfect for the girl who’s wild at heart, with beads made from recycled paper and calm yet striking colourways.
Vanessa was born in Adelaide, but she’s been living it up in Los Angeles for quite some time now. And while we recognise her face from walking runways for Toni Maticevski, Sass & Bide and David Jones, Vanessa has been modelling around the globe for big-name brands ever since she entered the modelling world at 15. Although her latest gig might not have high-fashion prestige, the brand’s mission is a feel-good one Vanessa can be proud to represent.
31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty, working with beneficiaries in Uganda to create its stylish and quality products. Not only does this bring in an income so they can provide for their families, the 31 Bits team also offers support with counselling, health education, finance training and business mentorships.
This empowering process is funded through product sales, so even though the 31 Bits girls are essentially the ones helping these Ugandan women, if you make a purchase with the brand, you’re having a direct impact on their lives, too. Plus you’ll have a pretty nifty piece of free-spirited jewellery to wear with all your wardrobe favourites. It’s a win-win.