Two Neighbors, a Palestinian-Israeli fashion brand, is bringing two countries together through fashion to breaking barriers. The company pairs Israeli designers and seamstresses with traditional Palestinian embroiderers to create handmade dresses, Italian leather bags, and other fashion-forward accessories. Each item is handmade by women in Palestine and Israel who have come together through fashion to promote peace and collaboration in the region. Combining their efforts and cultures, each unique piece in the collection unites traditional Palestinian embroidery with modern fabrics and styles to create a variety of contemporary designs.
Up Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costumes reflected a woman’s economic and marital status and her town or district of origin, with knowledgeable observers discerning this information from the material, color and embroidery motifs. At Two Neighbors, they take traditional embroidery shapes and update them to make modern garments that can be worn by diverse women around the world.
Two Neighbors continues to create jobs and extend a pathway of peace through fashion with the mission to empower women and create positive bonds between women from Palestine and Israel. The average piece of embroidery for a garment provides enough income to help feed a family of 5 for a week in the Palestine villages.
Checkout a few of our favorite pieces from the collection!
Curvaceous detailing decorates the saddle-shaped flap of a cross-body bag handcrafted from sumptuous Italian leather. The handmade Palestinian shoulder strap makes this saddle bag a definite must-have statement piece.
Make a place in your circle of favorite handbags for one more: this chic cross-body—handcrafted from buttery soft Italian leather that develops a beautiful patina with wear—is sure to be in heavy rotation. The handmade Palestinian embroidered shoulder strap makes this bag a unique one of a kind find!
The Adeem carryall tote bag is perfect for your everyday workbag. Its open style fits a laptop and your work files. Gorgeous stitching and details make this bag a perfect addition to your handbag collection. Beautiful handcrafted Palestinian embroidery makes this bag a one of a kind treasure.
Two Neighbors is pleased to bring you our latest addition to the handbag collection, the Two Neighbors Envelope Clutch. This timeless design is the perfect way to showcase the Palestinian embroidery. Each piece of embroidery wraps around from front to back. The sleek envelope design goes from day to night depending on your mood or outfit! Each bag features a hidden magnetic closure under the front flap to keep the design simple.
It is available in 3 gorgeous colors; blue, coral pink and mocha tan. Each color has beautiful handcrafted embroidery on the front panel. This easy breezy style features above the knee length, side walking slits, casual side pockets and a loose fit! This dress is a statement piece to your warm weather wardrobe!
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY