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Intern Life, Life at Sseko, Sseko Style

Behind the Scenes with our Style Intern

You are probably looking at these images wondering “what in the world is this girl doing?”. Well, you, my friend are gazing upon rare behind-the-scenes images from Sseko’s 6th Birthday photo shoot. If you take a look at the final pictures from this shoot you never would’ve thought that this is how we got there. The life of a stylist and model is not always as glamorous one may think, but it sure is a lot of fun!

Behind the Scenes with our Style Intern | Sseko Designs

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Brave Collective, Life at Sseko

Yoga in the Park: A Sseko Brave Meet-up

There are a multitude of reasons that working at Sseko’s U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon makes for a killer gig: A compelling mission that makes getting out of bed on Monday morning about more than a paycheck. The chance to wear and share gorgeous, high-quality products. A beautiful office space full of fierce and inspiring co-workers.

Yoga in the Park: A Sseko Brave Meet-up | Sseko Designs

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Brave Collective, Intern Life

Becoming Brave

This is a guest post by Libby Bartley, our Summer 2015 Brave Collective Intern.

In June 2011 I set out on a new beginning as I left my roots in Cincinnati, Ohio to reluctantly embrace a new adventure in the Pacific Northwest. After one new job offer, three layovers and 57 cardboard boxes that packed away a life of sweet memories, I boarded a plane with a one-way plane ticket to embrace the unfamiliar.

As I’ve stepped in to my life here on the west coast, Sseko Designs has played a special role in guiding me as I uncover my sense of bravery. It wasn’t until I moved to Oregon that I experienced a genuine, authentic sensation that pushed me beyond the borders of my comfort zone to confront everything that once intimidated me. Prior to the move, I associated bravery with confidence that came from a comforting sense of familiarity. I had become so acquainted to my life in Ohio that I developed a sense of affirmation about who I was and labeled that assurance as bravery.

Becoming Brave | Sseko Designs

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Brave Collective, Intern Life

Stand Up for Yourself, and Those Who Can’t

This is a guest post by Geetha Somayajula, our Summer 2015 Social Media & Marketing Intern.
When I stepped into the Sseko office on June 1st, I was hoping to learn more about online marketing, and to gain some insight into the fashion industry. What I didn’t expect was to have my worldview challenged; every day at Sseko, I’m forced to reconsider and reformulate my values and beliefs. Who am I? What do I stand for? I ask myself when I leave the office.

Perhaps the most amazing part of interning at Sseko (in addition to playing dress-up with all of the beautiful accessories!) is the opportunity to collaborate with a group of driven and inspired individuals, passionate about empowering East African women and building a more beautiful world.

The boldness of Sseko is empowering for me too.

Stand Up for Yourself, and Those Who Can't | Sseko Designs

Stand Up for Yourself, and Those Who Can't | Sseko DesignsStand Up for Yourself, and Those Who Can't | Sseko Designs







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Intern Life, Life at Sseko

From Fan to Intern: Five Ways My Sseko Internship Changed My Life

Hi everyone! For my last post on the Sseko blog, I thought I would tell you a little bit about my journey from fan to intern, and the effects that my internship has had on my life.

My history as a Sseko fan began three years ago, in September 2011, when my older sister messaged me on Facebook about some sandals she had seen in a wedding that were made by college-bound girls in Africa. That fateful conversation began an obsession with Sseko Designs that gave me much needed vocabulary like “social business” and “not-for-profit.” A few months later, in March 2012, one of my assignments for my BA 101 class was to conduct an informational interview with someone in the job that we wanted. I had to ask Liz for an interview, since she was my professional role model. I was giddy when she responded and I had the opportunity to talk to her on the phone. As a Sseko fan, I could not imagine anything better, until I was offered the Partner Care internship two years later.

It’s hard to describe how much I love Sseko, but I know that at the very least, there are Five Ways My Sseko Internship Changed My Life.

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DIY, Sseko Style

DIY: Tie-Dye Straps

Hello Sseko friends! My name is Bethany, and I’m a Partner Care Intern at Sseko this summer. After being a Sseko fan for a few years, I was so excited to join Team Sseko here in Portland, which, I discovered, just so happens to have the coolest office culture ever.

Today I’d like to share with you a fun DIY activity that we recently experimented with in our office: Tie-Dyed Straps! If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your ribbons this summer, or want a fun activity for your next Sseko Party in a Box, this is it!

Our team spent an afternoon trying out several different methods of tie-dying, so we could see which had the coolest effect (with the least mess!). We found 3 methods that work best, so, in order of least to most messy, here are the Official Sseko Designs DIY Tie-Dye Straps!

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