Egyptians voted in the first free presidential elections in the nation’s history this week, so I’d like to dedicate this post to them.
There’s a lot of debate over how fair these elections can be in a nation still essentially controlled by the ruling military council and lacking a concrete constitution. But, as Egypt’s democracy is suffering what I hope are only growing pains, it’s organic cotton industry is in full bloom.
Cotton is a crop that requires a lot of water and is often defended against pests by being doused with harsh chemicals that not only harm the environment, but are dangerous to the health of the cotton farmers. Egyptian cotton, long-revered as the best in the world due to the length of the fiber itself, was no exception.
“I live my life in party dresses. It’s a great part of being a young designer in New York,” Allison Parris told me when we sat down in her studio last week. Located in the heart of the city’s garment district, and just a few blocks from the factories where her entire line is produced, Allison’s studio is where party dress magic happens.
It’s called Compassion Couture, and it is the brainchild of Jill and Tracey, two vegetarian/vegan sisters that decided to create a site to sell animal-free and extra-chic accessories online. Possessed of a clear sense of style, the sisters hand pick every item that is sold on their site, which includes an array of fashion-forward high quality shoes, bags, wallets, belts and other accessories. Continue reading →
Ladies: Are you looking for a flattering dress that you can wear to work and out at night that will never go out of style? How about one that fits your do-gooder values? Look no further than ELSA AND ME. Inspired by an elegant, colorful and stylish grandma named Elsa, ELSA AND ME was founded to provide classy, sustainable business attire for women.
When founder Maja Svensson arrived in New York from Sweden 4 years ago, she found a city full of people with ideas. She had come for an internship with the Swedish consulate which quickly turned into Continue reading →