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Monday, July 31st is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by Leilani Angel No Comments

Our business model at Malia Designs was born out of our wholehearted belief that the economic empowerment of women can change the world. As a business that supports equality, we are excited to partner with (a non-profit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg) to highlight the unfairness of the gender pay gap on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.

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Our beautiful models, Tiffany and Cynthia

On average, women are paid 20% less than men. This year women needed to continue working until April 4, 2017 to match what men were paid in 2016. In efforts to bring awareness to this injustice, partnered with hundreds of businesses including Lyft and LUNA Bar to offer 20% off discount specials.

If you dissect this issue even further to analyze the pay gap between ethnicities, it becomes  much more heartbreaking as Black women are paid 37% less, and Hispanic women are paid 46% less. According to the IWPR, at this rate Black women will not see equal pay until 2124.

Businesses like ours have decided to come together with to bring attention to this very real  injustice  by offering 37% off discounts to all customers on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day on Monday, July 31, 2017.

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Learning more about the gender pay gap was very eye opening

It is crucial for the future of our world and for future generations that we stand together to fight inequality in every sector.

Supporting fair business practices and fair treatment for all is directly connected to our mission at Malia Designs. A fair business model is not only a sustainable way to nurture and empower communities worldwide, but it is a beautiful way to knock down barriers that keep us divided. If this rings true for you, and you believe in equality for all, please join us and our fellow partners at in this movement.

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Receive 37% off the entire site with code: EQUALITY US retail sales only, valid only on July 31st, 2017

You can learn more about the campaign by visiting

The Night We Carried A Cause Together

Posted on: December 15th, 2016 by Leilani Angel No Comments

There is something magical that happens when you surround yourself with people that share a similar passion as yourself. We had the privilege of collaborating with the San Diego Style Bloggers for a private trunk show event at Bar Basic in Downtown San Diego and by the end of the night we bonded with our new fellow fair trade fashionistas and sustainable sisters.

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Trunk show attendees included local taste makers within the fashion industry including bloggers, journalists, stylists, and designers. The coming together of prominent influencers such as Paulina Mo of Lil’ Bits of Chic and bilingual blogger sensation, Alessandra Gonzalez made for a spectacular evening filled with much needed conversation about the importance of ethical fashion and how we can collectively come together to carry a cause.

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Local designer, Jessica Cornejo, from Ziur Designs

The guests were able to shop from all of our eco-friendly collections including our hand crafted recycled feed bags and recycled cement bags. Brand Director, Lucia Ruth, was thrilled to conduct a brief presentation about our brand mission and how we can combat Human Trafficking through ethical fashion and business practices.

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Guests striking a pose with their new bags

Event attendees learned about our Fair Trade artisan partnerships in Cambodia and how Fair Trade employment opportunities provide a strong quality of life for our artisans and their families. By purchasing a Malia Designs handbag, you are indeed, carrying a cause, that supports proper treatment of artisan workers and lowering our collective carbon footprint on the environment.

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Guests learning about the brand mission from Lucia Ruth & Leilani Angel

This inspirational evening included fun photo booth action, cocktails, and tasty brick oven pizza. As the evening came to a close, it was clear that this event was much more than a fashionable night out, it was a call to action designed to spark curiosity about how fashion can be a force for good for both people and the planet.

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Cy Chen, Lilia, Tiffany Williams, Reca A’Shauntae, Leilani Angel, Alessandra Gonzalez, Laura Neuzeth & Paulina Mo

*All photos courtesy of Melisa Soriano