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5 W's: Made in USA

5 W's: Made in USA

Before e-com, HSN, or catalogues, towns had markets, shops, cobblers and carpenters. Residents left their homes and shopped on their corners. They returned with food and novelties from neighbors and friends. People were proud patrons of their local boutiques. Shop owners were leaders in their communities. Taking pride from the goods and talents in a hometown is the unsung bonus of shopping locally. And it’s just the tip of a beautiful iceberg. Who: Shopping at local market introduces customers to the artisans, designers, and manufacturers defining their communities. These are people creating the looks, smells, and tastes of our homelands. They...

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The Breakdown: Reef-Safe Sunscreen

The Breakdown: Reef-Safe Sunscreen

For mankind’s number one source of knowledge, the Internet is terribly cluttered. Misinformation is strewn throughout science-based truths like tinsel in a Christmas tree. When one fact is found, a new question opens an entirely different door, and one’s search must continue. Anything for knowledge but, is there time for all of this work? Sustainability is a topic that is scattered across the web. Information is everywhere. Reputable sources refute each other. Searching for answers is time-consuming and sometimes misleading. But, it’s a topic that we love, and think that you could to! Introducing “The Breakdown”: the newest addition to...

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Sun-kissed & Sun-less

Sun-kissed & Sun-less

It’s very likely that you and your mother, like many men and women of our times, have spent summers sprawled across a backyard lounge chair lathered in baby oil. One of you may have held an aluminum fan to her chest, exposing the décolletage and face to the brightest rays the sun had to offer. And now… do you envy her glow? What about your own? Women of every age are beautiful, regardless of the lines their skin carries, but sun damage, subjectively, is not. There are more resources now than ever to create the illusion of sun-dusted skin without...

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5 W's: Fair Trade

5 W's: Fair Trade

There are a lot of sustainability terms floating around the Internet. Unfortunately, it’s really important to understand each and every one of them. Seriously! The more we know, the more we share, the more we change. In a crisis, knowledge truly is power. Learning can be hard, though. There’s a lot of info on the Internet, and it’s not all digestible or correct. It’s easy to search for meanings of terms like sustainable or carbon neutral and get lost. It’s not easy enough to find definitions that are understandable or easy to remember. It’s time to change that. Remember learning...

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Lola Hats Studio Visit

Lola Hats Studio Visit

Lola Ehrlich’s life reads like a Capote musing. Her parents were artists and didn’t believe in school, so she never went. She grew up truant in Paris and dreamt of becoming a ballerina. After putting that dream to rest, she took to working with textiles and editing magazines. Now, she makes hats in Brooklyn, NY. It’s the kind of life that young suburbanites dream of after watching a movie like Anastasia or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Ehrlich offers a look into her past through her hats. Chinstraps dangle from brims like ribbons on pointe shoes. Her studio is located in Bushwick,...

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