November 04, 2013 12:00 AM | by Zeina Tawfik
Dumyé: Dolls with a Cause
While wandering through The Garden at Fashion Forward a couple of weeks ago, my eyes spotted the most charming stall there, which belonged to Dumyé. I saw dolls stacked next to each other, looking like they're having a conversation of their own, and I couldn't help but hear 'My Favorite Things' by Julie Andrews playing in my head. However, it turns out Dumyé are so much more than just dolls, they're dolls with a cause.
Dumyé is all about handcrafted dolls made with karmic goodness, where you choose their style, personalize their look, and define their purpose. Then after your customized Dumyé doll is purchased, a doll is gifted to one the world's 17.9 orphaned children. The concept of the bespoke dolls with a purpose started when Founder Sahar Wahbeh wanted to gift her little girl with a special doll, one that would be symbolic of her childhood. When she didn't find what she was looking for, she sought New York's Garment District, her mum's vintage sewing machine, made a workspace out of an old Ping Pong table, and she hasn't stopped ever since.
Dumyé believes that it's all in the details, each doll has a purpose pocket which comes with a blank piece of cloth, leaving you the chance to make it as personal as possible with a meaningful message or an inspiring dedication. Not only that, but you can also give a personalized heart to your Dumyé doll, with a letter or a sign stitched onto it. Handmade with love, Dumyé's Founder and a small team of craftsmen personally create the dolls from scratch using environmentally friendly materials.
Looking at a doll that gives back and goes a long way, I urge you to check out the full range of Dumyé on their website, you'll meet Harvest, Namaste and Twinkle, to mention a few. I would safely say that Dumyé dolls aren't just for little girls, you can gift the one of a kind doll to a child, a dear friend or family member. Make a difference with Dumyé, a purchase that ends up putting smiles on people's faces.