We know many wonderful people, artists, companies and organizations that are doing great work and have like-minded values. Aside from our work and the unique lines we carry at our shop, we want to share what we love with you here. Click on the featured images to visit their websites and scroll through others listed below.
El Buen Cacao – The only purist organic chocolatiers, period. Husband and wife owners, Jessica Ramirez and Erik Landis, met as archeologists on a job. They fell in love with each other and the ancient history of cacao. Everything is handcrafted with the best organic cacao beans from the Central and South American rainforests. They also have a non-profit, Cacao for the People, to support indigenous cacao growers and chocolate makers. Our go to’s are a cup of The Violeta (named after your truly, made with a vegan milk, plus some spices and Maca) and the Phantom drinks – hot or on ice, depending on the season – plus truffles and a chocolate bar. If you you are in Idyllwild, CA, you’ll be glad you stopped by. Otherwise, you can buy their bars at elbuencacao.com.
Plant Food Supper Club – Owned by artist Kelly Johnston-Gibson, PFSC is the first of its kind in the beautiful mountain town of Idyllwild, CA, offering delicious organic vegan cuisine, fresh juices & smoothies, health-promoting shots and tonics, as well as local artisanal snacks. Their food is loved by plant eaters and meat eaters alike. We used to go to chef Kelly’s monthly vegan dinners before she opened her cafe. Plant Food Supper Club is the best vegan eatery, where great flavor and nourishment go hand in hand. We have a number of favorite dishes and drinks, including the Green Date Shake.
Blue Collar Working Dog – The very first brick and mortar retailer to specialize in gear and supplies for working, sporting and active dogs. With unique specialty products ranging from police k9 gear, sport gear, service dog gear, dog handler gear and training supplies and extreme athlete food, they are not your run-of-the-mill pet store. An interactive store with great obstacle courses your dog can enjoy while you shop, plus The Dog Yard training facility next door, where dogs can train and get fit.
Kenny Scharf – Inspired by the futuristic cartoons and shows of the 70s, Kenny has been making art that is fun, often bringing current issues to light. His themes and brilliant colors brighten up a space. He exhibits all over the world and does collaborations with designers and brands. But he also makes his art accessible to the masses with his karbomz and Scharftees. Kenny can paint your car with his fun characters, for free, in efforts to beautify the driving experience. Search #karbombz and visit his website.
Valerie von Sobel – A spunky artist, most recently featured in Ari Seth Cohen’s book Advanced Style: Older & Wiser, is a creative force for good. Valerie is art herself, using fashion and assemblage art as her chosen expression. You can see her art work and a video of her process on her website. She also founded Andre River of Life Foundation, named after her teenage son who died of a malignant brain tumor. Created to help single parent families with a catastrophically ill child that are in financial despair. Check out her art and philanthropic work.
Amazon Watch – Founded over 20 years ago, Amazon Watch works in support of indigenous people and protection of the Amazon basin. They have also been longtime supporters of our fundraising efforts for projects with the talented artisans whose work we sell at our online store and ORG BY VIO. You can stay updated on their initiatives and work by visiting their website and donate to them to continue protecting the lungs of the Earth.
Boulder Ki Aikido – A peace-focused martial arts Boulder-CO dojo that trains the human spirit through the practice of Mind-Body-Unified Aikido and Japanese Yoga. Aikido is a traditional, non-competitive, Japanese martial art meaning “the way of harmony with universal energy (ki, prana, chi).” Husband, father of three, business consultant in the fields of branding, marketing, design, and a serial entrepreneur, Boulder- Ki Aikido executive director and lead instructor, Abel Villacorta Sensei, has been teaching and sharing the application of mind-body coordination principles, on and off the mat, since 1995. Villacorta Sensei has a genuine dedication for inspiring students of all ages to discover their true inner power and to live life positively. Boulder-Ki Aikido instructors share this same dedication. Classes are open to adults, teens and children.
Casa Paraiso Verde – Nestled in 60 hectares of Atlantic rainforest and along one of the most beautiful beaches of Bahia in Brazil, Paraiso Verde is where you reconnect with nature. Here, you will feel the wind, hear the waves and smell the sweetness of the air. The house is built with simplicity and elegance, using local materials and workmanship. They use solar energy and water from the property as they look to tread as lightly as possible on the earth. There is an an endless beach for running, a river for watsu, waves to surf and dolphins to play with. Indulge with a massage, do yoga or just rest in a hammock in the shade of a palm tree. Enjoy paradise! We did… some years ago.
D:Ceramics – A collection of ceramics by artist Denise Lopez, who works from her home studio in Los Feliz, CA. She designs gracefully functional clay ware that reflects a timeless aesthetic. A longtime graphic designer, Denise took up ceramics to explore a fresh creative medium. She finds sitting at the wheel therapeutic—it’s a journey of artistic discovery that brings her peace while teaching her how to embrace imperfection. Her work is inspired by Japanese ceramic art, mid-century pottery and minimalist design.
In Heroes We Trust – The coolest shop in Venice, CA, owned by visionary and curator Neely Shearer, where she also sells the Amazon rainforest artisan-made jewelry from ORG BY VIO, among an eclectic selection of fashion, vintage and art. Neely is also author of the book by the same name, In Heroes We Trust: Street Artists And Their Heroes, featuring international street artists.
Ira Meyer Photography – Ira Meyer is a world-acclaimed photographer who has been capturing the beauty of the frozen poles, people and wildlife of this precious planet that we all share. His work brings awareness to fragile regions and the many species at risk of extinction. Upon meeting Ira in Ventura, CA over a decade ago, I became a fan and friend of this outstanding Bronx native and visual artist. Visit his website to see his vast body of work and check out his new book.
Muse School – Located in Malibu, CA, the Muse School is a pre-K to 12th grade model school, where children get a well rounded and environmentally conscious education. Muse School is powered by 100% solar energy and implements zero waste practices. Students are also immersed in growing their own organic food that is served in their plant-based cafeteria.
Spider Acrobatics – Spider Acrobatics provides the best in entertainment. Based in Southern Florida, they perform a variety of events from corporate events to kids parties. Lead performer Marcos Melo aka Spider or Aranha, as he is known in Brazil, is a multi-talented artist. His skills amaze and inspire young and old and include acrobatics, capoeira, juggling, stilts, fire dancing, Chinese pole and flying trapeze. Marcos also travels the world performing with troupes, as well as teaching trapeze and capoeira.
Tamra Copper Bottles – These gorgeous Ayurvedic copper bottles are as beautiful as they are beneficial to your health: as an immune booster, for increased vitality, among other benefits. Made in India and stamped with the imprint of LOVE. Instead of coffee, begin your day with the clean, crisp taste of Tamra Jal and set LOVE as your intention. Tamra Jal translates to “copper water” and is the name given to water stored in a copper vessel for at least 6 hours. Copper is anti-microbial and helps neutralize toxins, while also ionizing and balancing the pH in water.
The FFS – Sisters Cheryl Freeman and Donna Freeman Hughes are the design partners behind the FFS, an accessories studio based in Los Angeles and Miami. Before they joined creative forces in 2011, they garnered over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, initially as print and runway models in New York and London. Their jewelry can read as high or low, gritty or luxe, earthy or futuristic, depending on the wearer’s mood. Cheryl and Donna source materials from around the globe, but their products are made with love in the USA. You can find them in fine retailers across the country, including Barney’s New York, Base Miami, and Fred Segal Melrose in L.A.
UNIS – A Pre-K-to-12th grade, coeducational, college-preparatory day school, the United Nations International School (UNIS), located in New York City, was established in 1947 by a group of United Nations parents to provide an international education for their children, while preserving their diverse cultural heritages. This is where my siblings and I (Vio) went to school. Mom worked at the UN for over 23 years. UNIS gave us a utopian experience that made a life-long impression and is the basis for how we lead our lives today.
Arcadia Power – Commercial and residential clean electricity, without the need to install solar or other renewable energy producing on-site. We used Arcadia Power at home and our store back in Idyllwild, CA. Our home in Ventura had a solar array system that I had installed, which gave 2/3 of the energy produced back to the grid, after supplying the home with all its electric needs, and even cancelling the gas service. Since we were renting in Idyllwild, Arcadia Power made it possible to power our house and business with clean energy.
Canvas Host – 200%-300% wind energy web hosting. This website, as well as our other websites – orgbyvio.com, violetavillacorta.com and wildvioletmusic.com are hosted by Canvas Host. Canvas Host makes it possible for those of us who want a web presence, while maintaining green practices intact. Choose green hosting for your websites.
Cali Bamboo – By manufacturing high-quality materials made from renewable resources such as bamboo, the company helps to maintain old growth forests for future generations–reducing CO2 emissions, deforestation, and loss of natural habitat for more breathable air and a much brighter future. I first learned about them back in 2005 when I ordered bamboo poles for a fence I had made. Since then, they have added a number of products, including the gorgeous recycled vinyl and bamboo floors we installed in our Gypsy Caravan-fifth wheel trailer.
Greenerprinter – For all printing needs, including 100% post-consumer recycled papers and plant based inks. We have been using Greenerprinter for over a decade and we love their work and dedication to greener practices. All our printed materials and business cards for the Sage & the Butterfly, Sage Blades, ORG BY VIO and Violeta Villacorta are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, using plant-based inks. Their quality is superb.
Mobile RV Works – After looking for mobile solar installers for some time, we came across Robert’s yelp page. It wasn’t easy getting someone to come up to Idyllwild, CA, to install on location. Robert got us all we needed to start us with room to add more panels and energy storage down the line. We are extremely happy with the install on our trailer. If you are looking to have solar installed on your trailer, Robert is the man for the job. He knows his business and will work out best options for your needs and budget. Robert is also very accessible over the phone when we have any questions regarding our solar and trailer in general. We highly recommend his work and expertise.
www.NaturalEarthPaint.com – If you are an artist, Natural Earth Paints are gorgeous paints made with natural earth, mineral pigments and organic ingredients for fine artists and children. They have an array of colors, as well as natural non-toxic oils and thinners.
Tesla Motors – Tesla continues to be the leader in electric vehicles that are beautiful and efficient. We have driven the Roadster many times and even considered getting one at one point, but the high price tag and size did not fit our dogs or budget. In 2009, I helped arrange a showcase of the Roadster at Patagonia headquarters in Ventura, CA, where I worked as a designer. We drove it up with a friend from the Tesla design team. The range was impressive. The Model S, which I have also driven and the Model X are superb family cars, with the Model 3 being more accessible. We look forward to the heavy duty truck, semi and bus models, we’ve heard are in the works. Tesla also has the Powerwall that stores lots of energy produced from their selection of solar panels, as well as solar tiles and shingles.
For other talents we know and love, not included here, see them on this Pinterest board.
Other resources and companies we haven’t listed here, visit violetavillacorta.com/eco-resources.