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Shop global treasures at Indagare's pop-up trunk show

April 7, 2011 |  2:28 pm


Worldly shoppers -- and those who long to be -- take note.

Member-based travel company Indagare is hosting a bazaar of global goods in L.A. Tuesday and Wednesday featuring rare, hand-crafted items from countries including the Philippines, India and Kenya.

The upscale travel site scours the world for handmade items from artisans and sells them online and at pop-up trunk shows, or souks. Think glass-beaded necklaces and bracelets from Rwanda, colorful silk scarves from Cambodia, hand-hammered gold jewelry from Kenya, cashmere scarves from Mongolia and woven leather bags from Argentina.

Indagare founder (and former Town & Country editor), Melissa Biggs Bradley, started hosting the souks to introduce her friends to a handful of amazing artisans -- many of whom are working with women's groups and small communities to build sustainable workshops in impoverished communities.

“A few years ago, I noticed that my real shopping thrills came when I unearthed treasures in the markets of small towns in Peru or Brazil, or in the bazaar in Cairo or Marrakech or in little boutiques in Asia or Europe, where artisans were making one-of-a-kind accessories or fashion or objects,” said Biggs Bradley.

Since then, the website has hosted souks in New York, Southampton and Chicago. The first L.A. event will be held at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel (9882 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills). There will be a member preview from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. Tuesday, but public hours will be from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Items are displayed at an Indagare souk. Credit: Indagare