Thoughts on Fair Trade, Fashion, and Responsible Living from Owner Jen Lewis.
Have you ever started reading a book and had to stop after the first chapter? Not because it's not good, but because it's SO good you have to pause to let the ideas settle in and do their work? Well this book, Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam has been just that.
So far (in the first chapter) it's been discussing the idea of social capital which, according to Putnam, is "connections among individuals - social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them"
As we're hard at work this week working to put on what I personally think will be one of our best events yet for Austin Fashion Week I've really enjoyed exploring the ins & outs of ethical fashion. How many forms of ethical fashion can you name?
What first comes to my mind is natural materials, fair trade sourcing, & re-using materials.
I've been delighted to discover that there's so much more!
I recently stumbled upon a thought provoking awareness campaign around providing clean water and adequate sanitation to children in need around the world.
The UNICEF Tap Project has partnered with Giorgio Armani to donate a day's worth of clean water for every 10 minutes you don't use your cellphone.
Intrigued, I went to the website to try it out.
Plastic bags were first introduced in grocery stores in the late 70s.
Now, according to reuseit.com, the average American family uses 15 plastic grocery bags each trip to the store which adds up to over 100 billion bags a year (statistic as of 2009). NRDC.com estimates that the average American family uses about 1,500 plastic bags a year. Each reusable bag can eliminate hundreds of plastic bags.
This week, we have a guest post from Trevor Boehm, cofounder of #imightneedthis, an app that lets people buy and sell directly over Instagram. Purse & Clutch will be hosting our first Flash Sale with #imightneedthis TODAY at noon.
This will happen every Friday at noon and you'll see some really crazy sales - like $40 OFF - of our most popular items.
Since there will be only one Flash Sale item available, you may want to sign up before noon so you can be sure to be the one to snag the deal!
The Village Collection is a fascinating combination made up a Travel Company and Women's Accessory Artisan. They believe that traveling the world is the best education and host Yoga retreats in Haiti, Cultural Experience in Guatemala and Kenya among other offerings.
My dear friend and colleague, Melissa Chapman, designer of the amazing jewelry line Stone + Smith mentioned to me a while back that she would be spending some time in South East Asia. Since I've not had the privilege of traveling to Cambodia, I thought I could at least live vicariously through her and connected Melissa with one of our longest partners, Sapbay from Craftworks Cambodia.
She's graciously agreed to reflect upon her trip and give us a glimpse into the lives of these artisans we've been proud to support since 2011.