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Introducing Erica Tanov x Kahina Giving Beauty

Erica Tanov for Kahina Giving Beauty

Erica Tanov for Kahina Giving Beauty

We’ve teamed up with San Francisco-based designer Erica Tanov to create our most luxe gift set ever. Fez Hand & Body Balm and Argan Oil come inside a clutch perfect for day or nighttime use. The two limited-edition woven clutches are reminiscent of Moroccan textiles with a modern twist. The bags are hand cut and sewn in the San Francisco Bay Area, using a mix of fibers from France to create beautiful textured patterns.

“I feel that both Katharine and I share the same values in drawing inspiration from nature, believing in natural beauty and working with traditional artisans and supporting their craft,” explains Tanov.

“I have long been an admirer of Erica’s designs. Her use of the most exquisite materials with a global influence in pieces that are simple and wearable is very much aligned with Kahina’s aesthetic vision,” says Katharine L’Heureux.

These limited-edition clutches are available at givingbeauty.com, Erica Tanov stores, and at select retailers.



Kahina throw rugs hand-loomed by the women of Kahina in Morocco

presenting the rug edited

In May of 2011, on a trip to visit my argan supplier in a remote village high in the Mid-Atlas Mountains, I was shown the weaving cooperative in the village, where the women who crack the nuts for our argan oil were learning to weave rugs as a way to make extra money. The following year, Kahina donated money to buy sheep in order that the women would have wool to use for their weaving. In 2013, on a return trip to the village, I was presented with a beautiful hand-loomed rug decorated with the Kahina circle and star graphic. My rug has lived beside my bed warming my feet and heart ever since.

Kahina Berber Rug


Earlier this year, I asked the women to weave me more rugs exactly like the one they presented to me three years ago. I am thrilled to now offer these exclusively on givingbeauty.com. SHOP NOW.

Each 2’ x 4’ rug is hand-loomed using virgin sheep’s wool and natural dyes by the Berber women of the weaving cooperatives who also do the work of cracking the nuts for our argan oil.

A beautiful partnership – Kahina and Archive New York

Kahina Rosemary Lavender Argan Soap

It happened over coffee with textile designer and founder of Archive New York, Amira Marion. It was a cold January morning in New York and I was yearning for color. We were looking at my photos of Morocco when we stumbled across a photographic tile study I had done and inspiration struck. We decided then to collaborate on a series of prints for Kahina based on these images, the first of which is the wrapping for our Rosemary Lavender Argan soap.

This is the original tile, discovered in Fez:

original tile


For Archive New York, Amira creates graphic interpretations of traditional Guatemalan prints to use in a beautiful line of home textiles. Her line, launching this month, is already selling out at Steven Alan in New York. She brings her fresh take on traditional design to create the beautiful papers enclosing our soaps.

To see more of Amira’s work and learn more about Archive NY, click here.

Fête Fez! A Celebration with Kahina + Shen Beauty on 10/3

Invitation Shen and Kahina Giving Beauty Oct 3 2013

You’re invited to Shen Beauty on October 3rd to experience FEZ Body Serum.

Come from 5 to 8 PM for 15% off the entire store (Shen is celebrating its third birthday!), complimentary hand massages, gift with Kahina purchase, and to shop an eclectic array of Moroccan imported home goods and accessories. Kahina founder

Katharine L’Heureux will be on hand from 7 to 8 PM to discuss the inspiration behind our Body Serum and how she developed the unique, captivating scent that brings her back to Fez, her favorite Moroccan destination.

Where: Shen Beauty, 315 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231 (Carroll Gardens, off the F/G Carroll Stop)
When: Thursday, October 3 from 5 to 8 PM

Pouf Necklaces

I adore these necklaces I bought from the medina in Marrakesh so much that I tracked down the Berber ladies who make them to order more.  Wool is dyed, boiled, molded to make beads and then hand-embroidered.  Each piece is a work of art and no two are ever alike.  At Kahina Giving Beauty offices, we love wearing them with everything, from plain white Ts to black dresses and denim collared shirts.  Necklaces fall roughly to the lower breastbone and have a metal hook closure. Beads are all different colors and no necklace has the same combination of beads or colors.  You’ll discover your unique necklace upon opening your package. $98

Shop Kahina Pouf Necklace on givingbeauty.com

Check out the kinds of color combinations you can expect to see:



On my first trip to Morocco exactly five years ago, I traveled from Casablanca to Fes, stayed overnight in a desert encampment in the Sahara desert where I rode camels in the dunes, drove through Ourzazate across the high Atlas Mountains, finally ending in Marrakesh, passing numerous small villages and historical sites along the way.  On that life-changing trip, I discovered argan oil for the first time, but I also fell in love with the beautiful handicrafts of Morocco – the leatherwork and textiles of Fes, the Berber rugs, the cedar woodwork of Essaouira , and woven baskets of Marrakesh.  Since then, I have traveled regularly to Morocco to source the argan oil for Kahina Giving Beauty and have made many more discoveries along the way, uncovering the stories behind these goods, and meeting many of the artisans in the small villages.  Now I’d like to share some of these discoveries – and stories – with you.  I am thrilled to announce the launch of Kahina Living Beauty, a subsidiary of Giving Beauty, LLC.

Reflecting the spirit of Kahina Giving Beauty, at Living Beauty we believe that our surroundings should be more than just decorative, they should have greater meaning and purpose, be both practical and beautiful, while helping – and connecting us to – the artisans who make them.  Kahina Living Beauty will share Giving Beauty’s mission to provide high quality artisanal goods, honoring craftsmanship and tradition, and giving back to the communities that create our goods. One percent of revenue from Kahina Living Beauty will be donated to support initiatives that help these communities.

Items will be soon be available at select retailers nationwide.

— Katharine

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