Lauren Conrad is known for her impeccable style, her entrepreneurial nature, and her all-around likeability. She’s an accomplished designer, a New York Times best-selling author, and a whiz in the kitchen — but in addition, she’s got a heart of gold (not that it comes as a surprise). Conrad, who runs her site The Little Market with her best friend Hannah, is helping to empower women by curating a selection of fair trade goods from artisan groups in developing countries around the world. We chatted with the star about her favorite finds, her ideal Valentine’s Day outfit, and how, oh how, she takes such gorgeous ‘grams.
What inspired you to create The Little Market?
I created it with one of my best friends, Hannah. We’ve been travel buddies for a really long time, and she’s worked with Human Rights Watch for years, so whenever I travel with her, it’s not just seeing new places. She’s very good about educating me on the different challenges they face there, so I was learning more and more. We originally came up with the concept from a trip to Africa, probably a year and a half ago. We knew we wanted to do a project that would focus on either women or children, and so it was on that trip that we came up with the idea. The concept is that we work with artisans all over the world, and we focus on women and we focus on areas where women face bigger challenges.