Category — Fashion

OKA b. By Clear Films Productions

Love this new promo piece for OKA b. from friends Danielle Bernstein and Jason Maris at Clear Films Productions. Beautiful profile of a smart, socially aware and innovative company.

September 19, 2013   No Comments


I’m a long-time fan of Shannon South‘s work. Her handbags are beautifully crafted, feminine without being girly and made from sustainably sourced materials. Without a doubt she is a talented designer and artist. But perhaps lesser recognized, is her incredible business savvy. It’s not an easy market to succeed in, with barriers to entry relatively low and so many new designers coming in and out of the space. But, Shannon’s been at it since 2009 and has made a series of thoughtful, strategic changes to her business model in the time since. If I was a betting woman, my money would be on her.

The latest of these shifts is a return to the place where it all started. Remade USA has re-launched as a service to have your leather jackets re-purposed into one-of-a-kind handbags. Loving her tagline: “Upcycle your memories”.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Sarkilahti

To celebrate the launch, they’ve partnered with The Collective to run the Remake My Leather Challenge. Submit your personal story about your old leather jacket to win a redesign into a new bag.

Find out more about the process on the newly re-launched Remade USA site and follow Shannon’s work on her blog at

May 13, 2013   No Comments

Happy Earth Day!

It’s a beautiful crisp spring day here in NYC. Sun shining, blossoms and baby green leaves blowing in the wind, and the combination of bird song, roaring trucks, whirring street cleaners and car honking that is undeniably New York.

Take a moment today to spend some time outside and notice the amazing beauty that surrounds you, wherever you are. And as you do, perhaps capture a snapshot to submit to Loomstate’s Eath Day Instagram contest:

April 22, 2013   No Comments

Winter Sales!

Support sustainable apparel and save $$ with some great sales from Nau and Alternative Apparel:

March 1, 2013   No Comments

Holiday Gift Guide

Despite the unseasonably warm weather in NYC there is no denying that the holiday season is upon us. Christmas lights adorning every corner of the city, blissful tunnels of Christmas trees outside neighborhood delis, and increasingly stressed-out looks on peoples faces as they hit the streets in search of the perfect holiday gifts.

As you know I am a big fan of voting with your dollars and making purposeful purchase decisions. In the wake of Sandy the blanket materialism of the holidays seems even more out of touch with the real needs of our world and our spirits. But what is a girl to do? I still love finding the perfect present, wrapping it just so and seeing the smile of delight that follows. To me the solution, like so many things, lies in balance. Buy from local merchants, support independent businesses or those with a triple bottom line approach. What follows is a round up of some of my favorites:

Hot Blondies Bakery

These are my go-to corporate gift. They really stand out from the sea of generic gift baskets and are made by hand with top quality real ingredients – butter, sugar, flour, chocolate. Check them out this weekend at Refinery29′s Tinseltown Bazaar in Nolita.

Tin Mustard

A family business years in the making, Tin Mustard came onto the scene a few years ago and has been catching people’s attention ever since. They have a special edition out for the holidays – a must for stockings and host/ hostess gifts!

Jonathan Laurence

Artist Jon Laurence has limited edition 6″ circle prints perfect for holiday giving. $200 matted and framed or $75 for the print.

Shannon South

Designer Shannon South started her business with the ReMade line, crafted all from vintage materials, and recently expanded to include the Shannon South Collection. Everything is made with an eye toward sustainability and timelessness.

Fiddler’s Green Farm

Family owned Fiddler’s Green Farm makes my favorite pancake mixes and cereals – stone ground, organic and only the best quality ingredients. Their gift baskets with Maine maple syrup or blueberry jam are a great way to combat the winter blues.

Holbrooke by S. Berry

Every holiday season needs a little sparkle. Holbrooke’s founder Simone Berry brings such a fun sense of style and empowerment to her work – little reminders of the unique beauty we all posses and the power of believing in yourself.


Founder Anne-elise Stern started making these seed-blends to fuel her busy lifestyle as a corporate pilot and now is on a mission to share the power of Omega 3′s with the world. Love their holiday gift packs!

Jerri Finch

I have been blessed to grow up with a mother who is an amazingly talented artist. Her recent collection are some of my favorites – abstract land and water scapes of the ever-changing Maine coastline.

The Colonial Theatre

Give the gift of cinema in a beautifully restored art-deco theater in downtown Belfast, Maine.

Beauty Mark Spa

Pamper your loved ones with gift certificates to Beauty Mark in Camden, Maine or fun, colorful gifts from their boutique.

Mock Turtle Dove

Mock Turtle Dove owner Tara Marchionna has a whimsical style and an attention to detail that makes her woven, knit and felt styles irresistible!

Bay City Cargo

My uncle Mike is one of those serial entrepreneurs who I wonder how he ever has time to sleep. One of his newest businesses is this great collection of vintage marquee letters. They’re located in Belfast, Maine but ship anywhere.


No gift guide of mine would be complete without a link to Nau – a staple in my closet since a friend first introduced me to them years ago. The biggest company in this list but a true model for a new way of doing business. Materials are sustainably sourced and produced, % of sales go to charity, beautiful & functional designs.

Happy Holidays!!

December 13, 2012   No Comments