Based in both Philadelphia and Delray Beach, Florida (next to my hometown), Mim & Ray is built on the foundation of giving back to the community. Each bag incorporates wool panel detailing that's knitted with love by a team of talented elderly women who had a passion for knitting, but no outlet or means to pursue their craft. These ladies are part of KleinLife, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that provides essential services, friendship, and support. Many of them are retired and living on Social Security, so not only has Mim & Ray allowed these women to pursue their passion while making extra income for the first time in many years, but most importantly it has given them a new sense of community and purpose. The founders of Mim & Ray are mother and daughter duo, Jennifer and Toby Strogatz, who share a passion for design, as well as helping these elderly women live their dreams #sosweet #momdaughtergoals.
Now let's talk bag details...
How adorable is this Yes! wristlet? It's 1/2 part leather, 1/2 part knitted wool, and 100% made with love by Mim & Ray's knitters. It also comes in a copper leather, and all of their wristlets have the option of silver or gold hardware. The feature I'm OBSESSED with that's on most of their wristlets, including this one, is their signature chunky zipper. It's a subtle detail that makes a statement, and instantly distinguishes Mim & Ray bags from the rest. It's hard to tell because it's so tiny, but the gold "Yes!" letters are outlined in red stitching... #todiefor. It's dainty details such as these that make the biggest difference, which is why I appreciate their consistent attention to detail.
Mim & Ray has many different styles to choose from, including other fun and creative clutches, as well as more conservative and classic styled totes and crossbodies, which you can shop here. Since this brand is founded by a mother and daughter, they wanted to ensure they have styles for women of all ages to bring them closer together, just as this partnership has done so for them.
*Fun Fact:After the knitting process, all of their bags finish production in Italy by skilled artisans adding the highest of quality leather to each bag.
I'm always looking for unique pieces to feature on the blog, and I'm loving this striped collared top by Runaway the Label. Also available in white.
These starburst drop earrings are on-repeat lately (and they're only $36!)
Mim & Ray bags are a purchase you won't have to think twice about. Each purchase funds KleinLife's non-profit organization for its 35,000 recipients who benefit from its services, as well as the elderly women who are knitting towards a better future. Each time you wear a Mim & Ray bag, it's a friendly reminder that you contributed to an amazing cause!