Sunday, September 19, 2010
I usually love Marchesa. Wholeheartedly. But while there were plenty of gorgeous pieces in this upcoming Spring’s collection, there were a lot of “what the hell were they thinking?!” moments as well.
Like this one:
Or this one:
Or THIS one:
But we’ll excuse these mistakes, at least for now. Why, you ask? Well, here’s why:
Thursday, September 16, 2010
What it is: Hope For Women, an organization that is both “green” and is fair-trade. Hope For Women aims to improve the lives of the (female) artisans it employs, with wages 5-7 times higher than the government-established minimum wage. Read more about the company on their site!
- Hope For Women was started by Evan and David Goldsmith — a father/son duo. Betcha didn’t see that one coming!
- Their fun, chunky bracelets are all made from Tagua nuts, which are gathered after they have fallen from the trees (so as to not harm them.)
- The paper is “tree free,” and is instead made out of recycled cotton rags! I thought the cards were just made from hand-pressed recycled paper, but this is definitely cooler. The result? A thick, smooth card — “eco-luxe,” if you will.
- On the Hope For Women site, you can actually find short biographies for each of their employees, detailing the difference the company has made on their lives