ABBY ALLEY is a design brand creating fashion collections in East Africa with the purpose of giving back to initiatives in the region providing access to education, basic needs, and jobs. Abby, a career teacher, first came to Tanzania to teach in a local primary school in 2014, and after a couple weeks of adjusting to the many differences, she quickly fell in love with the culture. Upon returning to Chicago, Abby continued to teach, but also continued to travel back to East Africa, continuing to develop relationships and learning about fair trade, economic empowerment, and the artisan sector. The wheels began to turn for Abby about the possibility of combining her love for fashion, passion for fighting injustice, and background in education into one endeavor. After working with artisans for a couple of years, Abby launched ABBY ALLEY in 2018, a brand with high quality fashion accessories that are both timeless and fashion forward. All of our products are handcrafted using materials that are locally and ethically sourced, including using only vegetable tanned leather. Additionally, we partner with an organization in Tanzania that works with street children, providing them meals, programs, and employment opportunities (as they age out of the programs). We look forward to expanding this partnership and partnering with others like it in the future.
Top off your look
These one-of-a-kind upcycled caps are made in a fair trade workshop from traditional Guatemalan blouses.