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Nicole Gulotta didn't intend to be a world traveler, but her job as a stylist for W and British Marie Claire sparked a passion for exotic destinations.

But instead of taking in tourist haunts, Gulotta was drawn to local craftspeople. Her new company, Nomadic Thread Society, showcases talents from the far corners of the globe while providing income to talented artisans and their developing communities.

We were immediately drawn to Gulotta's vibrant beach accessories, stylish caftans and adorable baby blankets, but we lingered over her explanations of how indigenous cultures use and produce the sourced materials. For example, East African tribes carry their babies in the soft terrycloth of these sarong beach towels ($98), while these Indian scarves ($248) are made using the 2,000-year-old Jamdani weaving technique.

Gulotta creates collections in limited quantities to ensure authenticity and shares a portion of profits with her textile-supplying communities, providing much-needed funds for food and housing.

If only we could do good like this every time we shopped.

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