Tina Frey Designs
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Apolis: Common Gallery

While I was in Los Angeles and visiting Alchemy Works in the Arts District, I also discovered Apolis: Common Gallery.  I can't believe I had not known about this place before because the entire concept and philosophy of the company is super interesting!

"Apolis (a-pöl-is) means global citizen and they are a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide."

Basically, the company has founded a business that creates social change by creating their collection through partnering with manufacturers in Uganda, Peru, Bangladesh, and locally in Los Angeles.  The model is founded on the simple idea that people globally can live better lives when they are given equal access to the marketplace and empowers people to determine their own future.

Most importantly, the company is a Certified B Corporation which means that they have met a higher standard of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.  The short explanation is "B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee, or USDA Organic certification is to milk."

(Now WE want to make Tina Frey Designs a Certified B Corporation!  We will keep you posted on when we receive our certification too!)

Perhaps it is best to explain what I discovered at Apolis in pictures:

Besides using business as a force for good, they have developed an amazing lifestyle brand which includes, clothing, accessories, luggage, and footwear.

 Lovely hand knitted Co-op Alpaca Beanie sourced from a 35 person Peruvian coop!

 Arts District Market Bag, Apolis + Kinfolk Garden Bag, and the Standard Tote.  These are handcrafted by an artisan women's co-op in Bangladesh.

  Washed Linen Pocket Squares and Polka Dot Pocket Squares in a variety of colors!  Locally made in Los Angeles.

Because you cannot have enough tote bags, here is the Canvas Casual Tote handcrafted in Los Angeles.

Good reads!  They even have The Economist...I love this weekly magazine!

Apolis Co-op Roast Coffee and Travel Issue Travel Candles!
note:  The coffee is sold out online!  You will have to visit the store to get some!

The Flannel Wool Ties are made of virgin wool flannel woven in Canada, eh?  I grew up in Canada!  :)

 More good reads!

You can find more accessories here.

I love the comfy casual looks they put together!  I could totally see wearing all of this!

I hope you enjoyed discovering Apolis.  I know I certainly did and I hope you will find some things to incorporate into your wardrobe and home too.