A Textile Collaboration That's Beautiful—and Does Good

Eskayel's latest line benefits artisan women in Honduras and Rwanda.

Photography by ESKAYEL / HIRES

Shanan Campanaro, the creative mind behind the Brooklyn-based textile design firm Eskayel, is constantly inspired by nature and travel. Water is a dominant element within the palette of her rugs, wallpaper, and home goods, with color schemes derived from the sunset and ocean blues. Her background in fashion and graphic design also influences on her work, which all start out as paintings or original artworks. The result is a calming—dare we say—boho chic aesthetic that is never forced.

Eskayel's commitment to the environment is a defining pillar of the brand: a portion of all sales is donated to environmental organizations through their partnership with One Percent for the Planet. But her latest endeavor aims to do even more.

 ESKAYEL nycxdesign event
Photography by ESKAYEL / HIRES

This weekend, Eskayel's Williamsburg showroom will open to the public as a pop-up shop, featuring a curated array of products garnered in collaboration with a handful of nonprofit brands. 

The limited edition items, crafted from up-cycled Eskayel fabrics and designed by female artisans, will include a line of sustainable accessories from CUYO, baskets and bowls made in Rwanda from Indego Africa, and whimsical purses and pouches from Mi Esperanza created by Honduran craftswomen. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the latter two non-profit organizations. Eskayel will also be selling a selection of new items, including flat weave rugs and prints. 

 ESKAYEL studio
Photography by ESKAYEL / HIRES

The collaboration came about after Campanaro visited Mi Esperanza workshop in Honduras in January with her mother. "[My mother] is friends with one of the founders and also a big donor to their work," says Campanaro. "While there, we spoke about Indego Africa as a successful model for Mi Esperanza, as I was familiar with them through Instagram and because they use our fabric as a backdrop in some of their photographs."

 ESKAYEL collection
Photography by ESKAYEL / HIRES

When she arrived home serendipity intervened: "I had an email from Indego Africa asking if we should collaborate." At the same time, Eskayel had already started archiving their bunch of our old patterns.

We had tons of fabric remnants which we were trying to figure out what to do with," she says. "We thought it would be a good way to work with the two nonprofits, and around the same time, our friend Tamika from CUYO randomly suggested making her fabulous jewelry with our scraps for this other event we sponsored on Earth Day. So it all kind of came together as a fun way to take part and have an event during NYC x Design, which would introduce new collaborations with a focus on up-cycling through a philanthropic aspect."

Photography by ESKAYEL / HIRES

For all NYC-based dwellers, the pop up shop will be open from May 6-7 from 12pm to 6pm at 75 South 6th Street in Williamsburg, between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue.

Published on May 04, 2017 - 7:00am EDT

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