Sixteen years ago on the opposite side of the globe in a remote coastal clinic without electricity identical twin girls were born. The girls were separated at birth. One was sent to an orphanage. The other remained in the care of a couple living in the coastal village.
In 2002, we traveled to the Khanh Hoa Province in Vietnam to adopt that little girl living in the orphanage. After returning with our daughter, Isabella, we discovered that she had an identical twin. The journey to find her began.
While searching, our eyes were opened to the vast array of people and cultures and traditions that exist across the planet. Our journey led us to realize how similar we are, and yet how very different our surroundings can be. Surroundings that are determined simply by the longitude and latitude in which we are born.
We found our daughter’s identical twin, Ha, in 2008 living in a remote village without infrastructure where her basic needs were not being met. A little girl so similar to her identical twin, yet living a very different kind of life. It was in that moment that we decided to inspire others to travel. To become citizens of the world. To seek adventure. To seek ways to do good. And Bella | Ha was created.
Our first collection benefits the Khanh Hoa Province, where there is still great need, because this is where our lives were changed. Our daughters and their story have inspired us to become better citizens of the world and do all we can to help one little person at a time by providing electricity to remote maternity clinics.
Thank you for being a part of our journey.
The only way to discover is to explore. Look around. Talk to people. Peek into the little corners of the world.
Travel changes us. When we step out of our day-to-day, we step back into this crazy huge world we’re all a part of. Where there are wild cities, confusing signs, monkeys(!!!) and so many things we never thought we would eat.
Where there is beauty, quiet, the blackest skies and the brightest stars. And things that will flip the way you see everything. Forever.
Every stamp on our passport is a lesson in what it means to be a citizen of this world —a reminder that we have a responsibility to take care of this Earth and the people we meet in it.
Which is why our story begins and ends with a suitcase. Travel has inspired us to give back. So every purchase of our shoes will help us send solar suitcases to provide light to off-the-grid clinics. Each collection helps a different area of the world.
In more places than you can imagine, women give birth to children in darkness. This contributes to high infant and maternal mortality rates in impoverished regions. The purchase of these shoes helps prevent that.
See the good you’re helping us do. Then grab your shoes and go see the world.
Share with us where you go, what you see and what inspires you on Instagram @bellahashoes #iseetheworld
Stay Stylish Chicago,