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    Ban.do Does Handbags! The New BFF Bag Collection is Here

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    Ban.do Moves Into the Handbag Arena

    Something really exciting is happening at ban.do. HANDBAGS! Their new BFF Bag collection is launching today in three styles, the comrade, the amigo, and the sidekick. BFF Bags are all about friendship and how a handbag can easily become your best buddy, part of your support system, or your #1 partner-in-crime.

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    Their introduction brings ban.do one step closer to becoming a head-to-toe lifestyle brand, and marks the beginning of their accessible luxury line. They give the ban.do girl that designer handbag experience without the huge price tag. Each style is available in four shades: rose, onyx, punch, and seashell. Prices range from $55 to $95. Bags available for purchase on www.bando.com

     

    Cute Eco-Friendly Panties and Where To Get A Pair

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    The Cutest Pair of Eco-Friendly Panties

    It can be so hard to find panties that are both lovely and eco-friendly. Particularly since it’s such a staple item for us girls. We just can’t do with them. Thankfully, ALAS Coconut has our back. This most adorbs set of tank and panty not only has the high cute factor, it is also made from super soft cotton jersey fabric. The cotton is GOTS certified organic, and has elastane added to allow flexibility and to ensure the garment keeps its shape. Not to mention that all of the prints and all dyes used for their panties are AZO and formaldehyde-free.

    Organic Tank and Panty Set by ALAS Coconut
    Available at: Shift to Nature

     

    Osei Duro Has Your Perfect Dresses for Work

    Perfect Dresses for Work

    Osei Duro is your new go-to brand for the perfect dresses for work. The Aburi Dress is a hand-block printed dress with elastic at waist and wrists to create a soft silhouette. The dress is hand-dyed which ensures that each one has its own unique design. Available in several styles. Colors and patterns may vary slightly. It is ethically made in Ghana.

    Aburi Dress by Osei Duro

    Available at: New Left

    The Chunky Knit Sweater You’ve Been Looking For

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    The Only Chunky Knit Sweater You Will Need

    Winter is rolling through with gusto and fierceness. There is nothing women want more than to warm up in a cozy, chunky knit sweater. The Zady cable knit sweater is that sweater. The GOTS certified wool and natural Alpaca fibers that make up the yarns along with the classic cable knit detail transform this pullover sweater into the epitome of style, warmth and comfort. It has the versatility to fit with your work attire or for weekends in the woods.

    Cable Knit Sweater by Zady

    Available at: Zady

    7 Questions for Designer Samy Abdella of Sammy Ethiopia #sustainablefashion (Nolcha Shows Edition)

    Sammy Ethiopia, Preserving Ethiopia’s Weaving Tradition

    Samy Adbella
    Sammy Ethiopia
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    Our hearts tingle when we hear a story about a designer who is not only looking to create sustainable, handmade products. But a designer who is determined to preserve his country’s long history of weaving, while infusing the tradition with new inspirations. That’s what Samy Abdella is doing. The result is Sammy Ethiopia, contemporary pieces hand-woven, dyed, and embroidered by skilled local artisans. We are so happy to learn more about the man and his mission.

    1. Tell us about yourself. What are your fashion creds?

    It was all really by accident how the Sammy Ethiopia brand started. My desire was always to create a method or work in a field that lets me help and better living conditions in Africa, and specifically Ethiopia where I was born. I studied international relations since I wanted to be a diplomat. After graduation I didn’t see this type of work as being effective in a very grass root level. So in my earlier career stage thought it might be better to study business and studied international marketing. This way I can do a business that has meaning, really benefit underprivileged population and of course profitable. I came to Ethiopia and saw that there were skills and resources, and materials that were unique that can appeal to the rest of the world.

    2. Why did you decide to venture into fashion? Tell us about the products, the artisans who make the products, and how pieces are produced.
    We produce hand woven textiles and leather skins all sourced locally with traditional means and talented artisans.

    3. What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry?
    It’s very competitive but you have to be selective also to work with people that understand your ways and end products. Not everyone can work with you. Of course, there are many people that are encouraging you. That makes your work worthwhile. The creative process and the need for change always keeps you going.

    4. Describe your personal style.
    Easy, simple, casual and neat.

    5. Who are your style icons and why?
    My parents always had great taste. They were always dressed in colorful fabrics and just knew how to put outfits together well. Especially my mom’s love for traditional/cultural wears. The aesthetic and various cultures of people of Ethiopia, their ideas and my experiences in Ethiopia have influenced me greatly.

    6. What’s always in your frig?
    Water, beer and cheese.

    7. What three things can’t you live without?
    Family, sleep, our work and friends.

    Addtional Information
    Sammy Ethiopia has been in many major international print and online magazines including Glamour, Instyle, Marie Ilaire, Lucky and Elle.com to name a few. Designer Samy Abdella has also collaborated with Eileen Fisher and has worked with Toast UK, Barneys, Anthroplogie, Le Bon Marche, Takashimya and many more.

    7 Questions for Sherlly Ontiveros of Marshelly’s Jewelry #sustainablefashion (Nolcha Shows Edition)

    Marshelly’s Jewelry, A Sign of the Times

    Sherlly Ontiveros
    Marshelly’s Jewelry
    marshellys.com

    As a child, Sherlly Ontiveros loved visiting her father’s jewelry manufacturing business in New York City, where she was exposed to the craft. After a brief stint as a chef, Sherlly realized that her pull towards jewelry-making was no coincidence. She worked hard to hone her craft.It’s that determination from which Marshelly’s was born. We touched base with the jewelry designer to learn more about her and her love of creating edgy and eclectic pieces that speak volumes.

    1. Tell us about yourself. What are your fashion creds?
    I am Founder and Lead Designer of Marshelly’s Jewelry. My work is about emotion. The designs inspired by life, music, and art, symmetry, pattern, and precision. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and moved out to the Big Apple seven years ago to pursue both my passions, Culinary Arts and Jewelry Design. Marshelly’s Jewelry have been featured in Cosmo Latinas, People Magazine, Family Circle, ELLE, Latina Magazine, Seventeen, InStyle, Nylon, and many more.

    2. Why did you decide to become a jewelry designer? Tell us about your line.
    I have been surrounded by jewelry for all my life. Growing up I would visit my father’s jewelry manufacturing company in New York City’s diamond district. I had always been fascinated with it. In 2012, I graduated from the New York Jewelry Design Institute and began to work with my father while beginning to craft my own designs. Originally, I wanted to be a chef and actually did that for a while after graduating from the French Culinary Institute in 2010. I still love cooking today and I’m such a foodie. But after coming to work in my father’s industry, I realized jewelry was my calling. I had been avoiding it for so long. But my father had always insisted that I’d take over the family business someday. Once I got better insight into what it was like being in the jewelry industry, it grew on me. I wanted to create wearable art. That’s simply what Marshelly’s Jewelry is.

    3. What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned about the fashion industry?
    That you need to bring your A game. Say ‘yes’ to every opportunity given, be original, and never give up. Stay organized along the way because things can get hectic.

    4. Describe your personal style.
    I’m very much all about comfort. Living in NYC and having to walk and take the subway all over, I’d rather wear sneakers and sandals than get blisters wearing the latest high heel trend. I love my jeans and t-shirts which are the blank canvas to my jewelry. I also tend to wear a lot of dark colors which I blame on New York City. When I used to live in Miami I always wore colorful clothing.

    5. Who are your style icons and why?
    The Olsen Twins. They are so effortlessly cool. My style derives from them. I’m all about that dark colored, comfort, messy bed head hair.

    6. What’s always in your frig?
    Whole Wheat Bread (yes, us hispanics put bread in the fridge for longer lasting), Organic Eggs, Almond Milk, Vegan Butter, Coconut Water, Siggis Drinkable Yogurt, Queso Fresco, Lemons, and Cucumber.

    7. What three things can’t you live without?
    My iPhone, wallet, and coffee.

    7 Questions for Jewelry Designer Michelle Pajak-Reynolds #sustainablefashion (Nolcha Shows Edition)

    Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, Jewelry Designer to the Stars and the Modern Woman

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    Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, the woman whose parents met and fell in love over a jewelry case, was destined to be a jewelry designer. Her jewelry is highly sought after by fashion stylists, celebrities and collectors.  Her pieces are extraordinary and have worn by celebrities including Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, to name a few. The beloved jewelry designer tells us a little about herself and her quest to make women feel beautiful.

    1. Tell us about yourself. What are your fashion creds?

    I started designing jewelry at 5 years old after being inspired by Wonder Woman’s power bracelets.  My formal jewelry design and precious metals training began in a 10th grade jewelry class at Mentor High School. After high school I continued my art and business studies via a BFA in Jewelry from Kent State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin Wallace University.

    I launched my business in 1999.  Since then, my designs have been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums and worn by celebrities including Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, Dina Manzo, and Miss Brazil Debora Lyra.  My collections have also been featured on the cover of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, LA Brides, and Created Woman magazines and the runways of New York Fashion Week.

    My work has also been recognized with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award from Sales & Marketing Executives International, an Arts Business Challenge Award from the Council of Smaller Enterprises and in 2010 I won the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) Old Becomes New Design Challenge.

    2. Why did you decide to design jewelry? Tell us about your line, materials you use, and how pieces are produced.

    My art is my life.  I can’t remember a time when being an artist or creating jewelry wasn’t a major part of my day. I love the creative process and sharing my work with others. To do anything else doesn’t feel right.

    I design feminine ethereal piece for extraordinary women with a unique sense of personal style. My collections feature gemstones and recycled sterling silver from trusted USA based suppliers.  I carefully handcraft each piece to ensure the highest quality and to last for many generations.

    3. What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry?

    Trusting my gut instincts when opportunities present themselves and having the confidence to gracefully turn down opportunities that are not a right fit for me. There are a lot of people in our industry who “over promise and under deliver” and end up taking advantage of inexperienced designers. There’s so much truth to the cliché “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

    4. Describe your personal style.

    I have a one-year-old daughter so my mommy duty wardrobe is really casual in order to keep up with her. The rest of the time my wardrobe is filled with an eclectic mix of unique pieces from smaller independent brands that are great for highlighting my jewelry.

    5. Who are your style icons and why?

    Jewelry designer Charlotte Lynggaard, musician Tori Amos and actress Tilda Swinton, each of these women have a unique personal style that reflects their artistic vision.

    6. What’s always in your frig?

    Almond milk, peanut butter and jelly (my husband’s favorite snack) and fresh fruit and veggies.

    7. What three things can’t you live without?

    My husband, my daughter, my pets and my studio.

    7 Questions for Melissa Urfirer of Riley Versa #sustainablefashion (Nolcha Shows Edition)

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    rileyversa.com

    We’re excited to spotlight several sustainable designers who will be showcasing their designs during the Nolcha Shows NYC, September 12-15, 2016. Riley Versa is the brainchild of Melissa Urfirer. On a weekend trip to Miami, she noticed that her brightly printed clutch that she packed in a moment of pre-beach excitement clashed with the contents of her suitcase, which contained prints, textures, and colors that demanded a solid bag counterpart. In this moment of clarity, Riley Versa was born.

    1.  Tell us about yourself. What are your fashion creds?

    I’ve always loved fashion, and knew that I would work in the industry in some capacity, but I never thought I would be a designer. It really all started with the idea for the bag (which I’ll get into more detail about in the next question). I learned about the industry interning at Conde Nast’s W Magazine and Saks Fifth Avenue.

    2. Why did you decide to design handbags? Tell us about your line.

    I decided to design handbags because I wanted to own a product that didn’t exist at the time. I went on a trip to Miami and packed a brightly printed clutch for the weekend. I didn’t realize until I arrived that the bag clashed with everything I had packed. I had one of those “wouldn’t it be great if…” moments, and decided to actually make it happen.

    I dreamed of having a beautifully crafted bag with removable magnetic covers; one where I could easily switch the style (i.e., swap my brightly printed bag for a neutral one) without having to pack multiple bags and waste precious carry-on space. As the idea evolved, I realized the bag could solve other problems as well. I love some of the funkier high-end bags that I see, but it’s too expensive to buy an entirely new bag every time a new trend comes around. I knew I wasn’t the only women who felt this way, so I decided to go for it and create the bag.

    Riley Versa bags are constructed with the highest quality leather, fabrics and hardware to deliver a product on par with the top international luxury handbag brands, but instead of buying an entirely new bag every time – you simply purchase a new cover.  It saves time, money and, most of all, valuable space in your closet or suitcase!

    3. What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned about the fashion industry?

    It gets a bad rep, but I’ve found that people are actually incredibly nice. As someone just starting out, I’ve reached out to a lot of more established individuals in the industry and, for the most part, everyone has been very gracious with their time and advice.

    4. Describe your personal style.

    Classic with a twist. I love starting with jeans and a white t-shirt and then adding accessories. And of course the finishing touch is always a Riley Versa bag.

    5. Who are your style icons and why?

    Alicia Vikander, Olivia Palermo, Kate Hudson and Erica Pelosini Leeman. They all have very different styles, but they are all effortlessly chic and exude confidence.

    6. What’s always in your frig?

    Fruit (especially now that it’s summer time and everything is so fresh!), hummus, wraps, yogurt and eggs. I’m a big snacker so I try to keep the fridge stocked!

    7. What three things can’t you live without?

    My iCal, ice coffee and Instagram (follow us @RileyVersa!).

    Pure Cotton Fabric and Rainwater Make Fabulous Products

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    Pure Cotton Fabric and Rainwater Make Beautiful Music

    The Chicory Skirt by Rant Clothing is made from the subtle Amelia fabric which offsets the white perfectly. It’s made from 100% pure cotton fabric that is pre-washed in rainwater in their studio. Fully lined with cotton voile, it features their relaxed elastic waistband and its cotton drawcord for a great fit with two pockets that have been inserted into each side panel. We just love knowing that this garment was pre-washed in the rainwater. See how easily you can look great and do good at the same time. Available at Sustainable Fashion

    @AntarPenguin Launches New Social Initiative in Fashion on @Kickstarter

    A New Social Initiative in Fashion

    Socially conscious fashion brand Antar Penguin has announced its latest social initiative in fashion, “Smart casual – A shirt for a second chance,” which launched on Kickstarter on Friday, April 29. To create the program, Antar Penguin has teamed up with Career Gear, a non-profit organization, which provides job skills training and assists the unemployed. Now, they can also give people the chance to dress for the workplace.

    “Smart casual – a shirt for a second chance” reflects the long-held ideal of Antar Penguin Founders, Jimi Feng and Spoze Shen, which the elegance of Antar Penguin is not only in its look but also in its philosophy. “We believe that a fashion company should not solely be focused on the outer look and marketing of its products, but should also strive to promote ideals that make life more meaningful,” said Feng.

    Antar Penguin’s mission is to make elegant, high quality products that bring people joy while contributing to the environment and society. To facilitate the “Smart Casual” project, the company seeks to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter over the next two months. By purchasing a shirt, customers will feel good knowing they may help save someone, or even a whole family, from becoming homeless. It will also help them to create a better life.

    With a little social initiative in fashion, these families and future generations can receive a helping hand. “A lot of major brands and companies send aid to other countries, but they forget that there are still some people in their home country like the United States that need help. We want to tell our customers to come back to help their own communities,” said Feng.

    A shirt can go a long way toward reaching out to those in need. Shirts are subtle fashion statements that mark one’s entrance into the real world. They are a symbol of self-confidence. To create the “Smart Casual” shirt, Antar Penguin enlisted the help of designer Alex Benekritis, who has worked with major labels such as Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Through meticulous craftsmanship, Benekritis infused Antar Penguin’s spirit of elegance into the design. Made from high quality cotton fabrics selected from Europe, the shirts are exquisitely tailored, yet are chic and comfortable. With each purchase, customers will also receive an anti-dust garment bag, cufflinks, thank you card, gift box – and the opportunity to get involved.

    Everyone who purchases a shirt is encouraged to write letters via the Antar Penguin website to share his or her life’s story, personal experiences or helpful advice. These letters will the be packaged and sent together with the shirts to Career Gear, who will distribute them to those in need. In addition, Career Gear will also provide skills training and arrange job interviews. Step by step, these white shirts will build bridges of hope and help change the world one shirt at a time.

    #VEGANSHOES: 9 Sexy Vegan Shoes You’ll Crave

    The Sexiest Vegan Shoes A Girl Can Buy

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    We know that you thought that vegan shoes could not possibly be the “S” word—Sexy! You are very, very wrong. There has been a big push to give consumers vegan shoes that not only look good but will also make them feel good about what they are wearing. We wholeheartedly agree. So we hunted around for great options for you. We found nine fabulously sexy vegan shoes that you will definitely want in your closet.

    #SUSTAINABLEFASHION: Karl Parka by Nudie Jeans (@NudieJeans)

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    KARL PARKA

    Guys, here’s your smart pick for best parka of the decade. First off, it’s long like a car coat. Not like other parkas that hit at the upper thigh. It has a detachable lining that can be worn on its own as a quilted jacket. It has great small details like a cell phone pocket, adjustable strings and great hood. Best of all, it’s made from 100% organic cotton. Available at Nudie Jeans.

    DC SHOPPING EVENT: GILT CITY DC WAREHOUSE SALE RETURNS

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    Gilt City DC Warehouse Sale Hits Union Market

    Date: Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th

    Location: Dock5 at Union Market (1309 5th Street NE)

    Tickets for the Gilt City DC Warehouse Sale are on sale now at: www.gilt.com/DCWHS

    • Sip cocktails with your friends during this two-day shopping party, where you’ll find designer clothing and accessories from Gilt’s top brands for women, men, and kids, plus home décor and more – all at up to 80% off retail.
    • Shop hundreds of the most coveted brands, including both up-and-coming designers and the most venerable fashion houses like Zac Posen, Helmut Lang, Missoni, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera and more. For the guys, think Tom Ford, Paul Smith, John Varvatos, and GANT, just to name a few.
    • Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks while you shop!
    • Plus – we’re opening up our exclusive media session on Friday night to Gilt City DC members. A very limited number of tickets are available for this session, so be sure to snag one quickly!To attend, guests can purchase tickets for the following dates and times:

      • Early Access media session (limited number of tickets available for Gilt City DC members): Friday, June 12, 7PM-9PM, $25
      • Late Night Entrance: Friday, June 12, 9:30PM-11:30PM, $20
      • Saturday, April 25, 9AM-11AM, $10
      • Saturday, April 25, 11AM-1PM, $10
      • Saturday, April 25, 1PM-3PM, $10
      • Saturday, April 25, 3PM-5PM, $10
      • Saturday, April 25, 5PM-7PM, $10
      • Saturday, April 25, 7PM-9PM, $10

    Fashion Event: Fashion & Style Network Happy Hour

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    February 2014 Fashion & Style Network Happy Hour

    Hey Fashion Designers, Makeup Artists, Business Owners, Stylists, Fashion Bloggers, Photographers, Artists, Musicians, and other creative minds! Join Façon Magazine @facon_magazine for our monthly Fashion & Style Network Happy Hour at the hottest spot on H Street, Avery’s Bar & Lounge @averys_on_hst on Wednesday, February 19th, from 6pm to 9 pm.

    Featuring our Spotlight Designer of the Month: Paul Eliot Menswear

    Come out and meet the Fashion Icon for Emerging Talent, the Editor-in-Chief of Façon Magazine, the Stylish Diva @eic_faconmagazine Janice Susan Wallace and the rest of the uber fabulous Façon Magazine Team! If you would like to interview Eliot Payne, Paul Eliot Menswear and/or Janice please email takeyia@faconmagazine.com

    RSVP: http://faconmagazine.eventbrite.com

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    Book Launch: Without Saying A Word

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    style-bookGet up-close-and-personal with Monica Barnett of Blueprint for Style as she shares a few of her favorite parts from her newly released style guidebook, Without Saying A Word. But this is a book launch event so that every stylish woman can have a man on her arm who is equally as dapper ~ and Bonobos knows relaxed & dapper style!

    Please RSVP: WSAW#2

    Guys. Girls. Drinks. Fashion. Music. Style ~ What’s not to love?!!

    Of course, the book will be available for sale ~ and each autographed copy will come with a personalized style tip just for you!

    And since Uber DC is our national book tour sponsor, “ride in style” by using promo code WSAW14 when you sign up and get $25 toward your first ride!!

    The hashtag for the evening will be #WSAWstyle