Women Making History | Kirsten Dickerson + Sophia Lin of Raven and Lily

For today’s Women Making History post, we’re actually talking about two ladies: Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin, founders of eco-friendly fair trade fashion brand Raven and Lily. The duo dreamt up the idea for Raven and Lily back in 2008 as a way to partner with local designers and give a little back to communities around the world. Just click over to any of their luxe handbags or heirloom-worthy jewelry and you’ll learn about the woman who produced it and where she lives.


The brand helps break the cycle of poverty by hiring more than 1,500 female artisans from around the world and provides them with a fair trade wage, healthcare, stable income, and safety. The brand allows its partners to determine a product’s price to ensure that all artisans enjoy a fair, livable wage.

All purchases made from Raven and Lily go towards microloans for female entrepreneurs in the communities where they work. When investing in women, they will invest 90% back into health, education, food, family, children, and the community to truly help those around them and set the next generation up for success. And to ensure their business is truly sustainable, Dickerson and Lin use environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques, including the use of low-energy and recycled materials. That’s fashion we can truly feel good about.

Check out Raven and Lily’s latest collection here and let us know what you think in the comments or on social @shetravelswellco. See all the ladies who made our Women Making History list here!