SPIRITU COMMUNITY

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Tiffany Olvera, founder of Bodega18, was born and raised in Pilsen, Chicago. Bodega18 is a self reflection of who she is and the many memories she’s come to experience. Raised by a single mother, after the passing of her father when she was 11, Tiffany witnessed her mother’s hardships living in a low income home with her two brothers. When her father was alive, she witnessed the many ambitions he had and those passions carried on with her. As years went by, Tiffany would keep traces of those memories in memory and gift boxes she was given. In 2014, she began making them as a hobby and has now grown her collection line to accessories and apparel. You can find some of her collections online or in local Chicagoland area shops.

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Kathy Novoa is an LA native and a certified domestic violence advocate. After getting involved with Su Casa, a non-profit domestic violence center in Long Beach, she realized that domestic violence is a real issue happening behind closed doors and “no one is shedding light on it.” She began to hold weekly wellness training sessions to help the survivors heal, to empower them, and provide emotional and mental healing. Today, Kathy’s mission is to create awareness through dialogue, apparel, and community events to break the cycles of domestic violence.

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The story of the handmade beaded earrings we featured in our Launch Box and the bracelets which are currently featured in our Winter Box is a special one. These beautiful pieces were sourced locally from the markets of Medellín, Colombia. Medellín, known as the City of Eternal Spring, is the hometown of Davina Ferreira, our Head of Content and Latin American Partnerships. Read a few of Davina’s words below.

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Jocelyn “Joz” Sida joins the Spiritú team as Content + Community Strategist. She was born to a Mexican-American family who taught her to follow her passion and work hard to achieve her dreams. Jocelyn has excelled in the political arena as an activist, leader, and entrepreneur. Currently, she continues to work across the US, elevating the voice of communities of color through digital platforms and community organizing.
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Marcela was raised in Los Angeles, CA by her single mother who immigrated from Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico. She is the Founder and President of Majestic Bliss Soaps, a holistic therapist, a Pranic healer, a TV & radio personality, and the mother of two boys.

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Davina Ferreira is Head of Content and Latin American Partnerships at Spiritú. She was born in Miami to Colombian parents and grew up in Medellin, Colombia from the age of 3 to 17. In 2012, Davina founded ALEGRIA Magazine, a luxury bilingual Latin arts and lifestyle magazine based in the United States. She is also the author of two books, Take Me with You/Llévame Contigo And Finding My Alegria.

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Tania Peregrino grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to El Paso, TX with her family as a teenager. Tania is the Co-Founder of Don Carbon and Yo Soy Empresaria, the creative director for a variety of brands, including ALEGRIA Magazine, a blogger, a social media influencer, and an artist.

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Barbie is, in her own words, “Puerto Rican by blood, an artist by nature” and is known for her art, photography, and fashion. Barbie recently left New York City to return to her roots in Puerto Rico. The painting is a self portrait inspired by one of her travels to the Dominican Republic and represents Barbie as a proud woman from the Caribbean.
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Sonia Romero is known for her printmaking, papercutting, painting, and public art. The Spiritú Spring Box design is part of her series entitled "Inner Landscape," which depicts our internal emotions and energies in symbolic form.

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After a yin yoga meditation, Davina Ferreira, publisher of Alegria Magazine, was inspired with an idea: to create a self-care and wellness brand to share with the world. Read more about her story and shop her products on Spiritú. 
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