It’s Monday so we include new and interesting shopping sites that you probably would never find without us!
Dreslyn An unusual name to say the least so we suggest you bookmark it. And if you like something that has a little LA vibe, this is a good site to shop. The Dreslyn is rooted in our values as they believe in style before fashion. Welcome to our tribe.
Need Supply We love finding a special destination for shopping that is hidden from the herd. We think Need Supply is pretty awesome. And just about the opposite of an LA experience, and actually about 3,000 miles away, in Richmond, VA. It is a clothing and lifestyle store that started by selling vintage Levis in 1996. Their site says that they “truly believe in the products they carry, carefully curating a mix of well-known brands and up-and-coming independent designers from the US and abroad.” They believe that a well-designed product can have a positive impact on the lives of its customers.
Think about the extraordinary life of a child of Paul McCartney. In spite of the fame and prestige and fabulous wealth, the daughter grew up to be a change agent in the world of fashion. And nothing is more difficult than that in an industry known to be brutal to say the least.
Yet Stella McCartney has held to her beliefs and values to preserve and protect the environment, animal welfare, and the quality of life for fashion industry workers. And this young woman is making a huge difference in the business of fashion.
Stella McCartney has successfully built the first significant global fashion brand completely committed to sustainability. According to the Business of Fashion, “In January of this year, the Stella McCartney business was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, a prestigious honour reserved for companies employing innovative business models that the world’s top business students can learn from.”
Founded in 2001, the industry panned her designs and her “childish” commitment to sustainability. Furthermore, “adhering to McCartney’s deeply held values made it even harder for the business to scale and turn a profit.” But she persevered and fifteen years later, she continues to search for alternatives to leather for her bags and shoes.
McCartney said, “We all know that the majority of luxury brands are driven by accessories. They don’t sell ready-to-wear. You walk into any major brand’s store and you will find two rails of ready-to-wear and the rest is bags, shoes and small leather goods. That’s what pays their wages.” In fact, this year, Gucci earned 73% of their revenues from leather goods and Bottega Veneta earned 93 %.
McCartney believes the next generation of consumers will hear her message and will buy more thoughtfully. Our hats are off to her for her commitment to sustainability and for being an agent of change:
Cyber Schmiber, Forget about it! Think adaptive reuse, think helping others, think repurpose, think less is more.
Lucy and I worked down the street from a small thrift shop that provides individuals and families with the resources to live independently and helps provide a path to long-term stability.
We revisited this wonderful store this week and found amazing deals. We discovered like-new holiday tree ornaments that were beautifully crafted, perhaps stored in an attic and long forgotten, and a set of large outdoor wreaths that with a little tweaking would light up the front of the house – two for $6.00.
It is unlikely that a gently used sweater satisfies someone on your gift list, but what about lovely vintage candlesticks, or ceramic bowls that could be repurposed into containers for holiday potpourri, or picture frames to remind your family that actual photographs are still a lovely addition to any room (and not just on your phone), or antique lace and linen napkins to decorate the table.
Someone had donated boxes of brand new fancy emery boards, manicure sets and cheater eye glasses, all of which would make perfect stocking stuffers. And Lucy scored with two beautiful sets of earrings for under $5.00.
Most communities have a thrift shop, some selling clothing and accessories and others adding kitchen and decorative items, and furniture. We know that not everyone is crafty and can wield a glue gun but all of us can add a little elbow grease and re-claim a slightly grimy decorative mirror for the hall of a daughter’s new apartment.
The best part is that these gifts come with a story. Consider that what you are doing is not only saving the planet by not buying new, but you are helping families in need when you thrift shop.
We are thinking of starting a Thrifty Thursday around the country for next year’s holiday season. So there, so much for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Get thrifty this year and give gifts that give twice. We can make a difference!
Let’s not even think about Black Friday or Holiday Shopping today.
Instead, check out the wonderful profile of Carolina Herrera who sits at the helm of a billion dollar brand and who, at 77, is still a remarkable business woman, celebrating 35 years in business. If we were in a high-end position financially we would buy her clothes., including her signature crisp white shirt. Yes, it is to die for:
We are reminded that every time you buy “fast fashion”, you are supporting the sweatshop industry. There are other choices, like to buy less and buy better. What is remarkable about this article is that the sweatshop is not in Bangladesh but in L.A. So that’s it for us, and a promise to never shop again at Forever 21:
How do you feel about renting a dress? Is it creepy to think about, like how it feels to slip into bowling shoes at a bowling alley? And is it pretentious or fake to wear a $2000 rented dress to an event? After all, celebrities get gorgeous clothes for the Oscars for the evening and they “borrow” amazing jewelry too. It seems weird to us but maybe it would be fun to wear a fabulous designer dress that one could never afford. You be the judge: