December 06, 2015

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We are thrilled to Welcome Leila.F.Sadri as Lotus Wonders CEO!

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Leila Sadri, graduated with a Master degree in Architecture in 2002 at the University of Art in Isfahan, Iran, located next to the Grand Bazaar in the UNESCO-recognized historic centre of Isfahan, where she found her deep and passionate love to handcrafted art.
She spent more than ten years working with two well-known Architecture and Planning firms in Tehran.  Excelling in roles as a designer, project manager and planner on many projects, from small residential buildings to comprehensive city plans, she rose to become a management representative and partner for seven years, focusing on strategy planning and running quality management systems in the work place.
 Leila became involved in Lotus Wonders after moving to Toronto and meeting Lotus Wonders founder MehrakMehrvar.  She immediately became captivated by the beautiful designs and the mission to provide livelihoods to women in Cambodia and wanted to know more.  Following this new passion, Leila visited the Lotus Wonders training workshop in Cambodia in 2014 and subsequently joined the Lotus Wonders team as CEO in 2015.

 

October 20, 2015

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June 06, 2014

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Our Summer Collection!

 

Here it is, the first week of June, and we have to apologize for our long silence. Rest assured though, we have been busy developing Lotus Wonders’ business in the background.

First, we are soooooooo excited to introduce our brand new summer collection!

We have some exciting new products in some colorful and vibrant new fabrics. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have had a sneak peek at some of our new collection. We are confident that you will love these new products as much as we do.  Feel free to browse our shop and check out our new tote bags, our slimmer messenger bag, a new business/credit card case design, and our eye glass cases (perfectly sized for your sunglasses), and our journals and notebooks. We found limited quantities of some very special fabrics, but decided we couldn’t resist making some exquisite limited editions of the slim messenger bags, our new design of cosmetic bags in two sizes, and a few special slim clutch bags. You will fall in love! We have a new supply of our jewelry pouches, and we have our large and small messenger bags in our original fabrics.   

Second, we want to update you on what we have been doing with Lotus Wonders.We are continuing our partnering with our favorite social entrepreneur in Cambodia who is responsible for our current production with her group of female artisans, and is also training our women. She is a wonderful friend to Lotus Wonders and we are blessed to have her. We have been struggling with the training of our women completed for a variety of reasons but we are persevering!

We have also been working on our long term strategic vision. We love our online shopping customers and so very much appreciate all your support and the word of mouth that you provide for our social enterprise. So of course, continuing to sell our products to wonderful you via our website is still a huge part of our vision. For the long term sustainability of Lotus Wonders and our mission (women's economic empowerment, one village at a time) , we will also pursue retail opportunities in North America and Europe that are complementary  to Lotus Wonders.  We will keep you posted as we finalize arrangements for these over time.

One of the retail opportunities we had was with a large North American ereader company. We were in talks with them to provide a Lotus Wonders ereader cover, but, alas, they ended up developing an altogether different strategic direction, and we were not able to finalize a deal. While we were disappointed, the opportunity provided us with some great lessons about the retail environment that we will be able to use going forward.

Check it our new products now !  We are excited to hear your feedback. 

Love, 

Lotus Wonders Team

December 11, 2013

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One Week Old !

Lotus Wonders Lovers! 

First, we want to thank you so very much for all your support – always, and especially in the first week of our website being live.  With your enthusiastic support of Lotus Wonders, the orders are coming in fast and furious, and we are so grateful.  We very much appreciate all the positive comments about the design of our website and our products, and your encouraging words.  We cannot say how much your comments continue to inspire us.  Please continue to send us your feedback and comments.  We truly love to hear from you.

 

With such positive feedback, we wanted to let you know that some items are now sold out, and others are limited in quantities.  We will be placing a new order with our Cambodian friends within a few days for delivery in the new year but meanwhile, we still have some amazing products available, and in some of our loveliest colour combinations.  Because of dwindling supply, if you haven’t had a chance to place your order yet, we encourage you to do so soon and avoid disappointment, particularly if you would want to receive your order in time for Christmas. As a reminder, each item comes with tag that includes our story – perfect for spreading the word of our movement if you are giving one of our products as a gift.

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We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.

Love,

Mehrak and the Lotus Wonders Team

 

 

December 07, 2013

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Thank YOU #Nelson Mandela

Good Bye Madiba. Rest in Peace!

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that GREAT generation. Let your greatness blossom.” 

 

 

November 21, 2013

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Thank YOU

 

Thanks to all of those who helped us in initial stages of our journey by their generous support on our Indiegogo campaign.