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"I really do think the world can be saved by design," Kanye West once told the students of Harvard's Graduate School of Design. I actually think he could be right. Yes, we all know that everyone is super connected now because of insanely far-reaching modes of communication. But, design merchants have fully taken advantage of our connectedness — in a good way — by going to emerging economies and tapping native artists to craft beautiful and soulful products. This outreach has created sustainable income opportunities for local industries.
And, the pieces we gathered ahead — from a fruit bowl that benefits the Rwandan weavers who make them to a bamboo bike hand-crafted with a portion of the proceeds going to education for children in the Philippines — prove community outreach has never been so stylish. Now, let's all go on a good-deed shopping spree.