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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!