Discovered Marketplace Connects You With Artisans From Around The World

Discovered Marketplace

products made by artisans and sold on Discovered

by Nevena Rousseva

There’s something very special about an artisan made product. It’s a connection; to the person who made it, to their life experiences, and to the place where it was made. But it’s not always easy to find artisan products. Often you have to travel to far away places. That is until now. Enter Discovered, an online marketplace, founded by Gijsbert van der Sleen, that connects you directly with artisans and their products from countries like India, Morocco, Indonesia, Kenya, and Sri Lanka..

So if you want to find a unique gift for someone special, or just something for yourself, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world. All you have to do is shop through Discovered. And to get you started we are giving away 10 Euro (12 dollars) gift card to one reader! For more details see below.

Discovered Marketplace

artisan products found on Discovered

 

To discover what Discovered is really all about we had the chance to ask PR manager, Amber a few questions.

 

1. What is the concept behind Discovered?

It is a community connecting artisans and consumers and takes you on a journey around the world from your own home. On the marketplace you can find handmade products and the unique stories behind them, share your own (travel) stories and share your discovered artisans.

 

2. How did the idea for Discovered come about?

The idea came in 2012 : during his travels, Gijsbert discovered the best stories hidden behind special handmade products. The artisans asked whether there was an opportunity to share their stories to Western countries. They wanted to do business, but sometimes they just do not have the resources to do this. An opportunity was born, and Gijsbert wanted to make this possible for them by creating a marketplace where they can sell directly to consumers.

 

3. How is Discovered different from Etsy?

At Discovered we take out the middlemen so the artisan can earn more. We support the artisans wherever possible by working together with local scouts. These are people who speak their language and help them wherever possible. They help them by taking excellent photos and help them deliver a good quality product. Artisans can set their own selling price, adjusted to the western market, and on top of that we have a 15% margin. The artisans on Discovered are only from emerging countries.

 

4. How do you find the artisans?

We have local teams in 12 countries and we started by bringing 10,000 products online. We also have a Seller Activation team here in our office in Rotterdam who communicate with our local teams.

 

5. Are products shipped directly by the artisans?

Yes the artisans sell directly to consumers and ship the products.

 

6. How is sustainability incorporated into the Discovered marketplace?

Since a month we are a B Corp. B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

We believe we can contribute to a greener world, and therefore we instruct the Discovered seller to contribute too. A lot of them work  with recycled material, non chemical substances and sustainable packaging.  One of our core values is to be as green as possible, so if you would ever visit our office, you will see a lot of plants :)
 

7. What are the artisans saying about Discovered?

The artisans are really enthusiastic about Discovered sharing their stories, not only selling their products. You have a good example on this video (starting from 3.10 min) with our artisans Api Happi.

 

8. What are some of the best selling products so far?

Our popular artisans are : Maritjee store, Tulsi Crafts, and Api Happi

 

9. What markets will Discovered be entering next?

The next step is communicating global and choosing one country to set up the Discovered Academy, an academy teaching the sellers how to sell online.♥

 

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To learn more about Discovered and shop the marketplace click here.

Meet: Myrrhia Fine Knitwear, A Socially Responsible Knitwear Brand From Oakland, CA

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear

by Patinka

Sustainable fashion designers are growing in force, and it feels good to see that the American market is becoming more environmentally conscious. Fashion is an inseparable part of people’s lives and it is time to make smart fashion choices.

Let’s meet Myrrhia Fine Knitwear an Oakland, CA based socially responsible clothing brand specializing in knitwear that was started in 2010.

The founder Myrrhia Resneck calls her brand socially responsible and a form of self- expression. “My company isn’t just about pretty clothes, or just about me and my point of view stylistically, it’s about self-actualization for all of us. I hope to be part of the antidote to a culture who treats its people–and the environment that sustains them–as disposable.”

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear

The Fall 2014 collection is characterized by great shaped silhouettes in rich chocolate, black, and gray tones and complimentary jewel colored motifs in radiating patterns, which mimic networking energies and rippling heat waves.

MFK offers very functional yet sophisticated and edgy clothing for both men and women. The Fall 2014 women’s collection includes super soft and cozy, figure-flattering sweater dresses and pullovers, bold zipper cardigans and capes, chevron circular skirts, pioneer cowls, slouchy beret beanies and faux fur hats just perfect for Fall. The men’s collection consists of crew and V-neck patterned pullovers, high neck commander sweaters with reclaimed wooden buttons, stylish knit beanies, and buckle cowls to make every guy look stylish and feel warm.

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear

All garments are manufactured on a seamless Stoll knitting machine. MFK uses yarns and fibers that were grown and spun in the USA. They choose local and organic fabrics and materials whenever possible.

The other great quality of the collection is convenience. Because of the high quality and natural origin of the fibers, all of the garments are wrinkle-resistant. It makes it very easy to care for MFK clothes, completely eliminating the need for toxic dry cleaning treatments (which is another way to take care of our environment).

For more on Myrrhia Fine Knitwear click here, to shop click here.

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About Patinka

I find pleasure in writing and sharing ideas about my fashion. I enjoy fashion for what it is and how it looks and feels whether it is Chanel or a cool thing from a thrift store. I strongly believe there is a future in recycling and reusing fashion. I love creating stories through styling. I am always open on new adventures. What’s next? Hopefully much more to come.

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Nolcha Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 Recap

Nolcha Fashion Week Spring 2015

By: Dominique Drakeford

Nolcha Fashion Week is a leading award winning event, held during New York Fashion Week, for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience.

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Day One of the Spring/ Summer presentations kicked off with a glorious runway presentation by Katty Xiomara. Her elegant silhouettes were like watching a romantic novel of divine ingenuity.

Starting the collection off with a soft pinks and metallic golds, instantly set the mood for that of a virtuous fairytale. The models were primped with collars, strategically placed pockets and textured trimmings. Keeping the collection very soft with the blues and whites was expected per usual, but Xiomara infused bold reds and burgundys with eye gazing patterns just to keep us on our toes. The array of ensembles mixed with the sophisticated layers was an ideal collection for the refined woman.

 The evening shows were a presentation of dignified designs with a mixed collective runway of hidden treasures.

Rinat Brodach immediately caught our attention with the first model walking out with a luminous sandy auburn fro strutting down the runway in a sassy hip-hugging black dress. Staying strong with a pallet of black, silver and charcoal, Brodach expressed inner sensuality that oozed confidence. The collection was sleek and effortlessly sexy. By utilizing drapery to tell a story, she kept us guessing ’til the end. But it wasn’t until the 4th to last look glided across the airstrip. A futuristic see through shoulderless shield with an oversize fish bowl neck made Rinat’s ability limitless.

 

Sofia Arana was the next designer whose pure collection immediately took us from mysteriously sexy to soft earth tones of the contemporary whimsical genre. Instantly loving the cuts, flares and details, Sagardia’s casual elegance made for a mouth watering collection. Staying on trend with jumpsuits, rompers and summer dress, her line was very simple with a hint of novelty.

 

Expecting, the next collection of jaw dropping woman’s wear, was completely dismantled by a bald stud in metallic tailored pants, sunglasses and a royal blue top. To my surprise, an assortment of men’s wear came full frontal by Schulyer 4 Alberto Pants, Carl Gross, Codice, and Haupt. The swag amongst the men varied from blazers and bowties to skateboard casual. All of the designs were well tailored with practical looks, but what stood out the most was the effortlessly diverse models and spot on props. Whether it be the less than stereotypical bearded hipster with an open cardigan or the gentleman wearing sandals and Dre beats, the mantra by far was “wear it proud”.

Mariana Valentina angelically alluring collection brought us right back to why we love Nolcha. From sequins and jewels to lace and sheer cutouts, Lira made onlookers feel classically chic and romantic. Showing for a 3rd year now, her designs took it up a notch with fluidity and sophistication. Playing with numerous sheer nude silhouettes, Mariana uniquely incorporated vine-like embellishments that can easily be a statement piece in any woman’s wardrobe.

Before the first model of the last collection showed her face, Mimi Tran enticed us with a soulful and upbeat Asian inspired soundtrack only to present the juxtaposition of formal gowns. What started out as a simple bridal wear dress, quickly transitioned into a whirlwind of majestic stallions parading the runway. Influenced and inspired by the combination of European luxury, Hollywood glamour and high fashion, her hand-crafted collection could easily be seen on the red carpet. The beadwork and sequin detail was beyond immaculate. With a surplus of geometric aggrandizements, streamline slits and manipulation of pattern placement, Tran ended the show with nothing short of astonishment.

 

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About Dominique Drakeford

My name is Dominique Drakeford. As an ethical fashion mogul and community activist, I am an “Ambassador for Sustainable Style”. Upon completing my Masters Degree from NYU in Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Fashion, I have ventured into spearheading my own Sustainable Fashion PR Company called Drake Natural. Through my work I express how fashion is a meaningful medium of awareness that has potential to create “upstream” opportunities for intervention and prevention. I am engrossed in life’s journey and I’m infatuated with learning, growing, and having fun!

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Summer in New York

SUMMER

by Patinka

Living in New York there are so many things happening all year long…however, the best of the best happens during the summer. Time, as usual, is flying by like crazy. Before summer is over go out and enjoy yourself as much as possible. Whatever you do and wherever you’re going or coming from do it in New York style and while you are at it, do it in sustainable New York style. The options for activities, as the options of style, in NYC are endless. You can have the feeling of being on vacation without even leaving the Big Apple. What are you waiting for? Summer is waiting out there, and so are these gorgeous pieces!

 

 

 

 

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About Patinka

I find pleasure in writing and sharing ideas about my fashion. I enjoy fashion for what it is and how it looks and feels whether it is Chanel or a cool thing from a thrift store. I strongly believe there is a future in recycling and reusing fashion. I love creating stories through styling. I am always open on new adventures. What’s next? Hopefully much more to come.

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A Blast From The Past With Dana Liu, 8 Questions For The Sustainable Designer

Dana Liu by Kate Glider

Dana Liu is not just any designer. She is a craft revival, sustainable designer! Through her own research, she has interestingly created different procedures to naturally dye clothing. She uses these techniques and incorporates them into her culturally influenced designs. She puts a modern twist on old cultural looks, giving her designs an amazing versatility that cannot be replicated. I got the chance to ask her in depth questions about her unique techniques and designs!

 

1. How did you become interested in sustainable fashion?

I first became interested in sustainable fashion when I was working on a portfolio project for a scholarship competition.  My inspiration for the collection was a course that I was currently taking, Medical Botany.  I was inspired by the concept of medical botany as well as the shapes and colors of the plants.  A professor suggested that I consider using sustainable fibers and I started to research environmental and social responsibility.  Once I was aware of sustainability in the industry, I just had to do it!

 

2. On your website it states that you use some interesting natural materials and dyes. Can you tell me a little more about that?

I spent the past year experimenting with dyeing organic cottons and peace silks with natural dyes.  Through the advice of professors and my own internet and library research I began to dye using fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers as dye materials.  It’s super exciting to completely change the appearance of cloth using plants that you can find right in your grandmother’s garden or produce section at your local grocer!  My most successful natural dyes were extracted from yellow onion skins and red cabbage.  Both vegetables produced rich, vivid hues.  I dyed fabrics in my senior collection using yellow onionskins and acorns.

 Dana Liu

 

3. I see through your portfolio that you incorporate different cultures into your pieces. Which is your favorite culture to incorporate?

I focused on Japanese culture for my senior thesis collection and found many different aspects to be inspirational.  I incorporated aesthetics, traditional dress and artisanal textile and surface manipulations.

 

4. What inspires you other than cultures in regards to your collection?

I am also inspired by the women who I visualize wearing my clothing.  I try to create garments that are wearable and classic, yet have special elements.  I think that each garment should be able to stand alone and as part of an ensemble.  My favorite look in my collection is the shibori dyed maxi dress with the organza shell because even by themselves, each piece has a presence and makes a statement. 

 

5. Do you ever find it difficult to incorporate these cultures into modern pieces?

It can be a challenge to incorporate cultures into modern, wearable pieces.  However, I try to be inspired by concepts within cultures in addition to referencing visual aspects.  The challenge of incorporating different cultures into wearable, fashion-forward garments is what makes designing fun and interesting.  It requires creativity, critical thinking and some wit!  I like to think that I have just enough of all three to create garments that you can’t mistake for costumes.

 Dana Liu

 

6. I noticed you use very unique Japanese process within your textiles. Can you explain the processes of Sahiko and Shibori?

Sashiko is a Japanese embroidery technique that uses running stitches to create geometric designs.  In addition to being used for decoration, it can also be employed to mend old garments.  I actually used it to patch up an old pair of jeans that I stole from my boyfriend and turned into authentic boyfriend jeans!  Its versatility and durability make it an awesome way to upcycle clothing.

Shibori is a Japanese textile dyeing technique.  It creates unique designs by clamping, twisting, tying and folding fabric and dipping it into a dye bath.  I always feel a lot of anticipation when shibori dyeing fabric because you don’t know how the fabric is going to look until you’re finished dyeing it!  That anticipation only seems to exemplify the beauty.

7. You told me you work and also hold two internships. Tell me about them.

I am currently working two jobs and interning in the city two days a week.  I babysit for two little boys early in the morning three days a week and work at a local boutique, Veronica Rayne Boutique.  I am interning at Loomstate, an organic cotton apparel brand.  I work with the Sustainability Initiatives Director on a myriad of environmental responsibility and social fairness projects.  Every day is packed with a tons of new ideas and information.

 Dana Liu

 

8. What can we expect from you in the upcoming future?

Well, in the near future I hope to find an entry-level design position at a sustainable women’s wear company. I am excited to join the sustainable leaders in the industry and to be creative and learn a lot along the way.  I hope to have the opportunity to design for brands that align with my values and to share my passion for sustainable fashion with anyone who will listen!  My best friend and I constantly joke about starting our own sustainable design brand one day.  But I’m pretty sure neither of us are actually joking. Since I’m only a couple of months out of college, it’s all up in the air right now!  I keep telling myself that that’s how it’s supposed to be!

 

For more on Dana Liu click here.

 

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Shana Luther Makes Handbags for the Independent & Confident Woman Who Knows Her Way in Life

Shana Luther Bags

By: Patinka

Take sustainable fashion in your hands! Literally, by picking up a Shana Luther handbag. Brooklyn-based Shana Luther creates beautiful and handbags for the independent and confident woman.

Fascinated by fashion and modern design Shana has created a refined line of leather handbags that are designed and manufactured in Brooklyn. Through design Shana explores new ways to create the perfect handbags for women who know how to rule the world. She loves the idea of dressing around a bag. Making the bag the focal point and creating outfits around it.

 

Shana Luther Bags

Charlie Tote in royal blue

A favorite bag from the collection is the Charlie Tote in royal blue. It can hold all of the daily essentials- Ipad, water bottle, books, magazines, and all the other things we can’t live without. This bag makes life easier and keeps everything organized with one exterior zipper pocket as well as one interior zipper and cell pocket. Perfect for a city girl who is efficient, organized and of course chic.

Shana Luther Bags

William bag

The William bag is great for any woman: a student, a mother, a working professional. It can hold your daily essentials plus much more. It’s what we women love! A big elegant, convenient and fashion forward bag, that goes with any outfit.

 

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My Charlie Tote in royal blue

As somebody who loves sustainable fashion I’ve become a fan of  Shana Luther’s bags. One of my personal favorites is the Charlie Tote. For more on how I style this and the William bag click here.

To learn more about Shana Luther and her bags click here.

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About Patinka

I find pleasure in writing and sharing ideas about my fashion. I enjoy fashion for what it is and how it looks and feels whether it is Chanel or a cool thing from a thrift store. I strongly believe there is a future in recycling and reusing fashion. I love creating stories through styling. I am always open on new adventures. What’s next? Hopefully much more to come.

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Hot Shorts for a Hot Summer

Summer Shorts

 

1.Honest By 2.Amour Vert 3.Motel Vintage 4.Bazaar 28 5.Afia 6.Free People

 

By Kate Glider

The first official day of summer is quickly approaching and soon we’ll be sporting full on summer looks. It’s time to take out your old shorts and update your wardrobe with some new ones. With all the different varieties of shorts that are trending this summer season, one can’t go wrong with any shorts look! Whether they  are denim or fabric, solid or print, there is no better way to dress up or dress down an outfit than with a pair of amazing shorts!

Repurposing Nola Creates Sustainable Bags Piece by Peace

Repurposing Nola

Repurposing Nola

by Dominique Drakeford

What is RepurposingNOLA?

-noun;-verb  ~ a New Orleans-based, female-owned triple bottom line company utilizing excess fabrics of our community to create sustainable designer goods

REpurposingNOLA Piece by Peace is a New Orleans based and produced fashion brand utilizing fabrics from the community to create sustainable beautifully crafted designer goods. Founder and indie fashionista Traci Claussen prides herself on being a triple bottom line company.  Sourcing locally in both materials and labor are the foundation of their policies in supporting local people and the planet as they design and produce every collection. In their products they utilize materials such as burlap coffee sacks from the local roasting plant PJs Coffee while salvaging belts from thrift stores who help the community.

Repurposing Nola

Repurposing Nola

She makes stylish one of a kind bags that are all sourced locally. Utilizing coffee sacks from PJ’s, repurposing leather belts from area thrift stores, and incorporating upholstery and vinyl remnants into the mix makes for some of New Orleans finest ethical accessories!

Check out the site and connect with RepurposingNOLA: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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About Dominique Drakeford

My name is Dominique Drakeford. As an ethical fashion mogul and community activist, I am an “Ambassador for Sustainable Style”. Upon completing my Masters Degree from NYU in Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Fashion, I have ventured into spearheading my own Sustainable Fashion PR Company called Drake Natural. Through my work I express how fashion is a meaningful medium of awareness that has potential to create “upstream” opportunities for intervention and prevention. I am engrossed in life’s journey and I’m infatuated with learning, growing, and having fun!

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Myrrhia Fine Knitwear Makes Sustainable Clothing Look Beautiful

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear By: Patinka

Now that summer is here, (finally!!!) it’s time to put on some fun summer clothing, and why not make that some fun sustainable summer clothing? Summer brings a good opportunity to re-evaluate your wardrobe and look for new environment friendly options.

Let me introduce you to our friends from the West Coast- Myrrhia Fine Knitwear who take sustainable fashion seriously. MFK has been on the market for five seasons. They offer functional yet sophisticated fashion. The collection is refreshing and feels like the summer wind bringing fresh new ideas and inspirations.

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear

MFK clothing is made entirely in the U.S.A and fabrics are made from locally sourced yarns. All fabrics are carefully chosen and the colors complement the colors of nature. Each piece is made to order and created one at a time, with love and passion. The Spring/Summer  collection explores such fibers as un-dyed organic California cotton, as well as tencel that was harvested sustainably from Eucalyptus trees.

Designer Myrrhia Resneck, a resident of Oakland even rides her bike to her rather than driving, minimizing her carbon footprint. Cheers to that!

Check out MFK here.

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear

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About Patinka

I find pleasure in writing and sharing ideas about my fashion. I enjoy fashion for what it is and how it looks and feels whether it is Chanel or a cool thing from a thrift store. I strongly believe there is a future in recycling and reusing fashion. My recent move to New York opens lots of opportunities and inspires me in ways I had never been inspired before. I started out as a model and that gave me an idea of what fashion is. That turned into another adventure- styling and blogging. I love creating stories through styling. I am always open on new adventures. What’s next? Hopefully much more to come.

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Ethical Fashion Collective Puts on Ethical Fashion Show in Support of Rehema Project

photos: Donald Linderyd

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On May 1st a small group of students from the London college of Fashion known as the Ethical Fashion Collective, organized an ethical fashion show to raise money for the Rehema project.

Featured designers included People Tree, Komodo, Arthur & Henry, Ruby Rocks, Liora Lassalle, Choolips, Fair & True, Nancy Dee, Mia by Mia Nisbet, Jaded LDN, Monkee Genes, Cock and Bull, Riz Boardshorts, Brothers We Stand

The Rehema project works with women who are living in extremely difficult situations in Africa, teaching them textiles skills that give them an opportunity to provide for their families.

Check out Ethical Fashion Collective’s facebook to see all pictures and support the Rehema project.

Come Support Empowerment of Women with ‘Hope To Thailand’ Benefit Event Sunday May 4th In LA

Hope to Thailand

 

On Sunday May 4th, Passport 2 Freedom, an organization that strives to help those who have been denied their basic human rights, and Fashion Hope, an organization that uses the entertainment and fashion platform to spread education and awareness of the plight of human trafficking are teaming up for the Hope To Thailand benefit event, which has the mission to empower women who have been victims of sex-trafficking.

Come support Hope to Thailand and enjoy a fun afternoon of shopping, drinks, prize giveaways and more. Here’s what you can expect.

  • Shop some great fashion and accessories
  • Get your eye makeup done for free by professional makeup artist Mishel Brown
  • Enjoy drinks and bites
  • Win some amazing raffle prizes
  • Get a FREE GIFT just for coming!

So come have some fun for a good cause and make sure to support Hope To Thailand.

Details

WHEN: Sunday May 4, 2014

WHERE: The Lounge at LaBelle 6138 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

TIME: 2-6pm

RSVP: kelly@fashionhope.org

The Ethical Fashion Collective Raising Awareness for Rehema Project With Ethical Fashion Show May 1st

Ethical Fashion Show Rehema

On May 1st a small group of students from the London college of Fashion known as the Ethical Fashion Collective, are organizing an ethical fashion show to raise money for the Rehema project and awareness around the issues of ethical fashion.

The Rehema project works with women who are living in extremely difficult situations in Africa, teaching them textiles skills that give them an opportunity to provide for their families. The money raised from the Rehema outreach supports the local community, ensuring basic food is provided to the schools, feeding over 500 orphans daily. Without this support a lot of the women would be forced into compromising situations, selling their bodies, stealing or sending their children to be raised by other family members. Rehema gives women back hope and dignity.

The evening will start with a panel discussion followed by a fashion show featuring People Tree, Komodo, Arthur & Henry, Ruby Rocks, Liora Lassalle, Choolips, Fair & True, Nancy Dee, Mia by Mia Nisbet, Jaded LDN, Monkee Genes, Cock and Bull, Riz Boardshorts, Brothers We Stand and more.
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This year’s panelist are:

  • Safia Minney Founder of People Tree
  • Lucy Siegle BBC One Show presenter, Ethical columnist for The Guardian and The Observer
  • Ben Ramsden Founder of Pants to Poverty
  • Tamsin Lejeune Managing Director of Ethical Fashion Forum
  • Sam Maher Director of Policy and International Solidarity at Labour behind the Label
  • Kate Dangerfield Global Campaigns and Communications coordinator at Stop the Traffick

 

Join this wonderful event to support a great initiative, mingle, shop, network and meet new people. Hope to see you there!

Details

WHEN: May 1st 7pm

WHERE: St Paul’s Hammersmith, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ London, United Kingdom

TICKETS: Tickets are available on the door and include a free drink, with all the proceeds going to Rehema. Tickets are £10 or £7 for students

FB EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/749977665020659/?fref=ts

Ethical Fashion Show Rehema

 

 

Outdoor Festival Style 101- Columbia University Edition

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by Claudia Camille Khoury

Each spring, college students nationwide eagerly await music headliners that have been invited to their campuses. But creating the perfect outdoor concert ensemble is not an easy endeavor (I speak from personal experience!). You want to look fashion savvy for the several photos that definitely will be taken, but you also know that comfort is key if you’re going to make it through the entire day. Hot on the heels of Bacchanal, Columbia’s annual concert, I’ve compiled a list of concert attire essentials to have you prepared for your next outdoor festival!

Flower Crowns

flower crownFlower crowns were all the rage at Bacchanal. Not only do they add a flirtatious, boho chic vibe to your outfit, they’re also such an easy accessory to add on last minute – you don’t even have to worry about whether the colors of the flowers clash with your outfit. They’re also the ideal accessory because, once fastened in your hair with clips, you can rest assured that it won’t be lost in the frenzy of the crowd! Find some here.

 

Cascarones

cascarones

Cascarones, the Spanish word for “egg shell”, are eggs that have been hollowed out and then filled with multicolored confetti. It’s considered good luck to crush these cascarones on a person’s head and have confetti shower down on them. Cascarones are the perfect way to make new friends – be generous and hand them out! – and if you’re on the receiving end of the confetti, the little pieces of paper mixed in your locks exudes a fun, carefree feel. (you can make them yourself!)

 

Fanny Packs

Fanny Pack

Fanny packs are the final essential! Not only do they provide necessary storage of the items you’ll be bringing – your phone, your ticket, your sunglasses – but they also come in so many different colors and patterns that they are an optimal way of making a fashion statement. The look of plain jean cutoff shorts with fanny packs is also a prime combo of simplicity and style (Check out American Apparel’s fanny packs!).

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About Claudia Camille Khoury

I currently attend Columbia University in NYC and am double majoring in Political Science and Latin American and Iberian Cultures. I am an active member of “Hoot”, my schools’ fashion magazine/blog, and have particularly loved interviewing teachers about their style for it. My father is from Beirut and my mother is from Paris, so I have grown up in a culturally diverse environment that influences my fashion – I like to juxtapose the sparkle that characterizes Lebanese attire with the simple vibe that distinguishes French wear. I have previously worked at Capelli New York, currently intern at Modabound and will be a wholesale intern at Max Mara this summer. I love being involved in fashion in any and every possible way –whether I am writing about current trends, organizing showrooms, styling others or simply dressing myself, I get a thrill from every single moment of it!