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Travel Diaries: Cambodia

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Merlin Clarke, Owner and Head of Happenings at Dogeared, and his daughter, Grace, recently took a give-back trip to Cambodia to spend time at Hope for Justice, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and slavery among young women around the world.

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Sightseeing near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

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Their journey began before this trip was even planned—70% of Dogeared employees are currently supporting Hope for Justice by personally providing monthly donations that are matched by Dogeared. This sponsorship has completely funded 2 of the newest girls to the program and provides them full access to therapy, education, medical care and more.

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Receiving blessings bracelets after visiting the Temple at Angkor Wat.

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Our travel diary: My daughter had the week off from school and wanted to go somewhere and do something good. It makes me proud as a father that she wants to do more. As part of our commitment as a certified B-Corporation and the community at large, Dogeared employees participate in charitable services through investment and volunteer work. Hope for Justice is one of those foundations, and I was compelled to visit them and see the amazing things that they’re doing for these young women.

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Working directly with the girls was incredibly rewarding, but also the most difficult part of our trip. Our goal was to share some love, joy, fun and build connections with these inspiring young women.

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Merlin was moved when one of the girls talked about their visit:

“This week was very special to me.  I wish we could do this all the time with different projects. It would be so fun!  My favorite thing this week was drawing and painting pictures.  I painted birds and a house… the house I will live in one day.  It’s so pretty!”

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Despite the language barrier, it really felt like we were able to communicate with the girls on an emotional level . We also had the opportunity to visit a non-profit sustainable jewelry company, Penh Lenh (meaning ‘whole and complete’). The company works with the girls as therapy to provide a valuable skill they can take out into the world. There’s so much opportunity for Dogeared to train, help and mentor this business  as we continue our partnership with Hope for Justice. It’s such a natural fit for us and we’re excited for what’s to come.

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After returning, Merlin and Dogeared were compelled to do even more. Dogeared has decided to sponsor the school’s Kamir (language) teacher for an entire year so that he can continue working with the girls on communication skills. We always believe good things happen when people are able to be courageous and help one another.

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For more information about Hope For Justice and how you can get involved click here.

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Paradise Found

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Nestled on an inlet in southern Mexico, Z’s amazing mountainside provides the perfect backdrop to clear blue waters and white sandy beaches.  If you’ve ever met Dogeared’s founder, Marcia Maizel-Clarke, you’d know that her inspiration comes from the world and people around her.  And it’s this breathtaking scenery along with the vibrant culture that inspired her to create this all-new summer collection, Paradise Found. Here’s the inside scoop on Dogeared Founder, Marcia’s inspiring getaway:

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Travel Charms

Meet Rebecca, our Design Manager at Dogeared. She recently took some well-deserved time off and hopped a plane to Europe! We sent along one of our Travel Charms necklaces to watch over her.

The Travel Charms are jewels to journey in – St. Christopher, the patron saint of safe travels and epic adventures & the Angel Wings to remind you that when in doubt…you can always wing it!

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She shared photos with us and stories of how she “winged it”, letting her travels guide her, and not the other way around:


I had the pleasure to travel to central Europe for 10 days starting in Prague, then Vienna and finally to my favorite, Budapest. My goal for this vacation was to not plan a trip, but let the trip unfold authentically without expectation. Popping into a grand church or brunching at a viennese cafe on a whim is precisely what I found abroad. We jumped on a bus with no clue where it would end and got off only once we were lost enough not to be able to easily find our way back but instead discovering the most beautiful view of Budapest in a small park on a hillside.

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Merlin Travels to Bhutan

Merlin just got back from his trip to Bhutan and he shared with us some really amazing stories. What is so unique and amazing about their culture is their focus on having high Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product. How cool is that?

Merlin was intrigued by their humility and egalitarian way of life, but even more taken aback by their respect to all walks of life.

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