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.
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…
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!
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.
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.