As a women owned and operated business, we felt there was no better time to introduce our blog than by honoring this special day that brings together women of all different backgrounds and cultures.
March 8 is International Women's Day - a global day celebrating social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Celebrated on March 8 every year, it is a day for women from all different backgrounds and cultures to band together to fight for women's rights. First officially celebrated in February 1917, the theme for 2020 is #EachforEqual. Let’s choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women's achievements. We want to do our part by celebrating some of our women makers who we feel are role models by empowering others - setting new bars in fashion, in self care, in all aspects of daily life.
Here are some of our makers we are proud to feature:
Loup Charmant is family-owned and handcrafted in New York City from organic and thoughtfully sourced materials since 2006. Inspired by her childhood growing up by the ocean, designer Kee Edwards has built a line that embodies timeless versatility - “A true lifestyle brand... ethereal basics that allow freedom, set a mood and make women feel beautiful in their own skin, whether they’re on vacation or just want to feel that way. Feel free, easy and beautiful in your own skin.” They are pioneers of responsible luxury, striving to imbue all of their goods with the warmest of wishes— a feeling which we hope you enjoy in each piece.
Pietsie was launched in 2015 by designer Pietsie Campbell after working as a graphic designer and art director for many years. Each piece of her collection is ethically and sustainably made in California USA and embodies an effortlessly chic look. All of her garments are made out of deadstock or vintage fabrics and natural fibers. Her favorite part of the process is hunting for these vintage and deadstock treasures discarded by bigger labels. She draws inspiration from Japan, North Africa and the Desert Southwest for her designs, creating clothes that reflect her love for beautiful fabrics and easy shapes with relaxed pants, loose caftans and soft dresses. Pietsie grew up in Southwest British Columbia and spent summers making rafts, camping and thrifting with her mom and sister. Inspired by the coast, desert and uncomplicated California lifestyle she now makes Los Angeles her home.
Auntie Oti / Altar Ceramics
TOTeM Salvaged / Jenni Earle / Bluma Project
Bluma Project is a culturally inspired and globally minded Brooklyn-based contemporary jewelry and accessories company. While the collection is designed in Brooklyn, it is inspired by global culture and is produced by artisans in Peru, India, Guatemala and other developing nations. Designer/founder Beth Schaeffer travels to gain inspiration and works with artisans in the regions they discover. All pieces are fully crafted by hand using ancient techniques, resulting in designs that have an organic but modern feel — an east meets west sensibility. Color is a huge part of their narrative and every season’s palette is sprinkled throughout the collection. Bluma Project is proud to be working in these parts of the world, supporting women being inspired by women to produce authentically handcrafted designs.
Lux + Alder
Lux + Alder is a women owned curated candle line comprised of wonderfully scented, all-natural wax candles. They design, hand-pour, and package each candle from their studio in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lux + Alder keep their ingredients simple - their candles are comprised of all-natural coconut and soy wax, phthalate-free premium fragrance oils, cotton wicks, and reusable or recycled-content vessels. Lux + Alder are cruelty-free + never ever test on animals.
Monk Oil was started and is owned by best friends Katie and Monika since 2000, who met working at a honey factory in Brooklyn. Monk Oil came about after an annual camping trip in the Pacific Northwest. Living in New York City, they had been feeling the strain of urban life and they came away from their camping trip feeling centered and inspired. Monk Oil came out of a need to recreate that feeling, imagined with a blend of ingredients to support the body, the soul, and the spirit. They started selling it in small homemade batches to their friends and decided to make Monk Oil official after seeing both men and women in the city really needed some comfort and Monk Oil could help them. Monk Oil strives to keep the magic alive in the city, in everyday life.
So many more in store we haven't even touched on. We couldn't be prouder to feature so many talented women in our shop - makers that are trail blazers in re-purposing, rethinking or using traditional methods of craft - leading the way for other women makers to emerge!