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International Boho-Chic Designers: Seiba // Mexico & a GIVEAWAY!

[Welcome back to the series “International Boho-Chic Designers”. I have met so many fashion designers and artists on my travels from whom I buy jewelry, swimsuits, tops, etc. I love having unique items and I’m creating this section to share them with you.  These people I’ve met and personally shopped from & love, not people perking or paying me.]

I popped down to Mexico and was waiting for Ben in a bar, kind of drunk, when Ashley walked in. She had hair like a mermaid, wavy all the way down to her butt. Perfectly tanned, the Californian had cut-off shorts on with the coolest belt ever. Her boyfriend was working with mine in Mexico and since her and I were tagging along I had a lot of time to learn about her awesome belt and the rest of the Seiba line. Guess what? one of you is getting one!!

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

Introducing Ashley Shoshan of Seiba

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshanAshley, the founder of Seiba is a sunbum travel addict. Her parents were a huge part of her life, a middle eastern entrepreneur father & a free spirited mother who traveled the world. Ashley becoming a free-spirited entrepreneur was kind of fate. She got a degree in Business Marketing in San Deigo and during a travel/work program to China she knew she wanted to do some work internationally. From scuba diving in Mexico, to traveling Namibia or floating in the dead sea, traveling is her “thing” before fashion ever was. She started to collect things from her journeys, hand-made stuff from all over the world, and that’s how Seiba came to be.

Well backpacking Latin America, she saw it- the belt. She started wearing the colorful woven belt with her jeans, shorts, and bikinis. It was her new favorite accessory and everyone who saw her wanted one. She tracked down the source to a Chamula, an indigenous community in Chiapas, Mexico. They are a community exempt from Mexico’s law and live in completely traditional ways with no outsiders. While they made these belts and sold them occasionally in town, Ashley saw an opportunity to teach them sales and help them get out of a poverty that was sending their children into big cities to work.

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

Seiba, The Brand: 

Seiba is a name for the ancient Mayans’ sacred tree of life, which connected all people and planes of existence. The first product line features a distinctive weave developed by Maya women of the Chiapas highlands in Mexico. Seiba pays homage to the ancient mythology by creating connections between local artisans and the global community. Although, she doesn’t just work with this community, the brand focuses on working with any artisans in an indigenous community that may face forced relocation. They want to build a bridge between them and the first world.

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan“Seiba stems from a desire to explore cultures and learn from indigenous communities across the far reaches of our planet. Our travels have taken us from the jungles of South America, to the African Sahara, to the birthplace of civilization. Though our product types and origins may differ, we always aim to source authentic handmade creations that are detailed, unique, and radiate the beauty of the culture that created them.”


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international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

Ashley finds inspiration from the world, but more specifically: Beach fashion and lifestyle blogger, Rebekah Steen of Goldfish Kiss, anything Free People (umm, me too), and the REAL Pocahontas. She reminds her of the indigenous people she works with, and love that she’s in touch with mother nature, living off the land, and au natural. “Her hand made clothing and style represent her native traditions yet are timeless and have been reinvented throughout history to represent bohemian fashion.” -Ashley

The woven material is nylon and it’s used to make the main product belts, as well as “straps” which they make into guitar straps camera straps, and yoga mat straps. They use recycled jean buttons to make clapses on bracelets and headbands. They make earrings and more: headwraps, pocket purses, bootstraps, ankle wraps and bun ties. You can buy them and try out your own DIY project.

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

Seiba For the Journeyer:

Ashley gave me a belt over almost two years ago and she’s right, it’s incredible versatile.  During my move from Seattle to Ohio to India, it become buried in a box somewhere- so just like you I’m drooling over these and trying to decide which one to order next. Luckily, one reader is going to win a little goodie bag from Seiba, the details to enter are at the bottom of the post.

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

I asked Ashley why she thinks her products are perfect for the travelers (although I could like 10 reasons myself)

“Seiba products are easy pack and multi purpose- from your hair, waist, bikini, to your purse. Seiba will breathe life into your backpack wardrobe. It’s created by travelers FOR travelers.”

“Seiba conveys a sense of exotic travel & stems from the inner traveler in all of us.”

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

Where can you purchase Seiba?

Be on the lookout because Seiba has new products coming: tee shirts, dresses, shirts, and purses. She was recently featured on the Free People blog and sells in TOO many places to name, but there are shops carrying her line all over Florida, Arizona, Michigan, California (loads here), Hawaii, Mississippi & abroad in France and Germany. Click for all location listings.

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

Want to shop online? Check her site WearSeiba and shop away!

Lastly, following Seiba’s page is something you will NOT regret! She posts the most amazing beach pics on there and her Instagram every day. Follow along on the Seiba Pinterest. To Ashley, e-mail at ashleyshoshan (@) gmail (dot) com and info (@) weareseiba (dot) com or call her at +18184518984 .

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

international boho chic designer seiba ashley soshan

The Seiba Giveaway!

What you’ll get: a stacked variety of four single arm bracelets AND a colorwheel belt!

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colorwheel belt seiba give away

It’s easy as pie, you just need to comment on this post for one entry, BUT you can enter more times than that by simply following Ashley and I on social media platforms. Each follow is another time your name is tossed in the bucket to win! Once the winner is chosen, I will check they are actually following & Ashley will e-mail to get your mailing address. This giveaway is open internationally and closes in 7 days. You can come back each day until it closes to “tweet” about the giveaway for another entry.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Jasmine @NomadGirl.co September 2, 2014 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Wow i love these belts — they look great with light wash ripped denim shorts. The bracelets are a bit different from any i have seen around Asia – love the thickness of them :)

  2. Justine September 2, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    All of this stuff is so cute! I would love to be able to sport that belt! Great giveaway!!

  3. arielle September 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I love collecting bracelets when I travel and those bright colors are AMAZING! Want!

  4. Silvia September 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I love the story behind the belt and the brand! Also, how can I get my hair to grow that long?! haha

    • Rachel Jones September 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      umm never cut it! lol She said she had a traumatic hair cut as a kid so figured fuck it I’m never cutting it again!

  5. Kasia September 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    What an amazing story behind the brand! And such awesome products. Fingers crossed.

    • Rachel Jones September 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      I know, I almost want to steal them for myself! lol

  6. Erin September 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    These are so awesome! I love woven bracelets from all around the world, would love to win :)

  7. Michelle | Lights Camera Journey September 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    You find the best designers Rachel!

    • Rachel Jones September 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks.. I think I have to credit this one to my bf for introducing me to her!

  8. Valerie September 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm - Reply


  9. Sarah September 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    So far, I’ve love all of the designers you’ve featured! I particularly love these belts. Thanks for organising the giveaway!

    • Rachel Jones September 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sarah! I can’t wait til a week from now to announce who wins!

  10. Gurdish September 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Rachel, thanks for sharing these with us and the chance for the giveaway. I know my daughter will the belt and the bracelets and would be nice to win them :)

  11. Emily from Let's Roam Wild September 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Love this – this is my favorite of these types of posts yet!

    • Rachel Jones September 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      perhaps because the first one to do a give away!? lol no, but really the colors and everythign are amazing! You should follow on IG for sure because its so fun!

  12. Karin Shaim September 3, 2014 at 12:48 am - Reply

    everything looks adorable!! love their products <3

  13. Omkar September 3, 2014 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Great colors. The bracelets are unreal.

  14. Mari September 3, 2014 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Thanks for giving back to the community and introducing us to a beautiful product!

    • Rachel Jones September 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Yes, thank you Ashley for giving us all a glimpse of Seiba!

  15. Richelle @AdventuresAroundAsia September 3, 2014 at 7:05 am - Reply

    These bracelets and belts are so cute! I also love the earrings

  16. Yuliya Intile September 3, 2014 at 9:32 am - Reply

    I already have three beautiful pieces from Sieba,a bracelet,belt and denim pocket. Would love to win these to add them to already started collection :) xx

    • Yuliya Intile September 3, 2014 at 9:33 am - Reply

      * Seiba

    • Rachel Jones September 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Wow you already have a whole wardrobe! Awesome!

  17. Omkar September 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Don’t know why there are only pictures of girls wearing it -.- Should ne unisex.

    • Rachel Jones September 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      They are actually! She posts more photos on her IG with dudes too.

  18. Laura September 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    stunning! I want a headband too. I’ll definitely be checking out the website for a little online shopping, thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel Jones September 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Yes I love the headbands!! I need to do some shopping as well.

  19. Jenna September 3, 2014 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    These are gorgeous! And such an inspiring and stylish social entrepreneur- I would love to being wearing Seiba on my next trip and will definitely be buying a couple pieces!

  20. Karisa September 4, 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Journeyicious! <3 I just love fun, travel-inspired fashions like these. Thanks for featuring Seiba! <3

    • Rachel Jones September 5, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Yes they are so stinking cute! I might ship some to my mom and have her bring them to India with her.

  21. Alexey Petrov September 5, 2014 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Beautiful and stylish things, nice design

  22. Shellie Clark September 5, 2014 at 1:06 am - Reply

    awesome belts and bracelets

  23. Wendy Hatton September 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Seiba is totally awesome. these belts are so bright and colorful. Fantastic.

  24. Raine September 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love their pieces, especially the cuffs, I’m a bracelet addict and I love wearing tons of eclectic pieces together. Thanks for the great ‘find’, I’ve already been on the site picking out items. The color choices are incredible!

  25. va September 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    wow , this is an awesome chance and love the color and designs in the work they do .

  26. Elysia September 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Love everything about this brand and story and for me it would be perfect for my coming adventure to Goa!

  27. Christine September 7, 2014 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Love these bracelets! Perfect addition to my boho chic tie dye line!!!

    Keep up the amazing and inspirational work! xo

  28. Lily Wolfe September 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love these bracelets! The belt is super cool too! All of you things are so special and unique!

  29. Sú talún September 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I happened to buy one of these belts at a work silent auction and I love it. I am not sure why they gave it up but it found a new home. They look great over dress and on top of slacks. It just adds something, cool and interesting to the outfit.

    • Rachel Jones September 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      How cool that you’ve already got your hands on a belt! Lucky.

  30. Wanda Miller Dulski September 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Serbia’s goods are totally ageless! I have friends of all generations wearing these.

  31. Lucy September 8, 2014 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Beautiful products and inspirational story !

  32. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard September 8, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Totally love all of her items

  33. Debbie Bray September 8, 2014 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I just love your “hippie” clothes!!

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