If you follow me on snapchat/instagram, you may have seen me running around in a new necklace from Sonam Ragbye. We all know that I have a tendency to get obsessed with things and this necklace has become my latest love interest.
I first met Sonam over coffee and pretty quickly realised that she was someone special. With a passion for fine jewellery and a set of values that are truly inspirational, she has founded Sonam Ragbye: a collection of bespoke accessories with the aim of making a meaningful and sustainable impact amongst the communities of her home country, Bhutan.
I have never been to Bhutan, but I have always wanted to go. Therefore, on top of supporting a social enterprise, I was also very excited to have a piece of Bhutan come to me. Handcrafted by local artisans, this necklace says “Elise” written in the local language, Dzongkha.
Sonam began by working to “provide sustainable income to Bhutanese communities through jewellery crafting”, along with a proportion of profits going to programs focused on education, training and gender empowerment – now that is something I am proud to be wearing!
The brand is also expanding to incorporate Bhutanese traditional weaving into handbag designs and I am honoured to have one of the first samples in my possession. The little woven clutch will be up on the blog soon!
Necklace: Sonam Rabgye – Shorts: Victoria Beckham – Belt & Bag: Zara
Shirt: J.Crew (old) – Watch: TW Steel – Ring: Pandora – Sunnies: D&G