LOVE IS THE ANSWER

Old world technique meets new school design at New York-based accessories label, Love is Mighty.  Founded by Parsons alum Monisha Raja in 2011, Mighty utilizes traditional Indian handicrafts to create shoes, bags, and jewelry that are embellished with vibrant details and a sense of adventure.

As Love is Mighty's creative director, Raja acts as both designer and scavenger. Inspired by the gorgeous handmade baskets and embroideries of her native India, she scours the country for antique textiles to rework into her designs. Raja is dedicated to preserving Indian tradition and culture, which is in danger of extinction due to technology and globalization. Therefore, she collaborates closely with local embroiderers and weavers (most from rural villages), providing them a fair wage for their work, expertise and creativity. Her dream is for a sustainable fashion industry, free of waste and environmental impact, so all Love is Mighty products are constructed from cruelty-free and (when possible) bio-degradable materials. Plus, she manufactures her wares in vegan factories. And true to Raja's upbringing when she traveled extensively throughout India, her designs have a nomadic, free-spirited vibe. Colors and textures splash across clutches while exquisite embroidery twists and turns around pumps and sandals. Nearly every design detail is rendered by hand, including the hand-cut wood soles of the Naina mules. And whiles prices are a little on the spendy side (shoes run between $350 and $450), you'll know that the funds are helping to rebuild impoverished communities. And that's money well-spent.