This is the point when you know you’ve attended way too many events. You see a branded bag and say, “oh, I have one of those. I got it at an event.” You’re asked what event and you draw a complete blank as multiple and various industry events dance in your head wiith no clue. Such is what happened when I arrived at the Make Love Not Trash booth at the NYIGF and even if I dont quite remember were I got the bag, I’m happy I remembered the name.
The thing I love about this line is it reminds me of the 80’s and 90’s which of course was my childhood. I immediately think of movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Valley Girl. Make Love not Trash has an interesting story. I love the fact that not only are they a green company, they donate some of their proceeds to charity. “Make Love Not Trash is a handbag and accessory company focused on using natural or eco-aware materials and non toxic printing techniques. They extend their social consciousness by donating proceeds to various organizations chosen specifically for their compelling causes. Taking a stand, making a difference and having a cause to celebrate what they can to be more socially aware and environmentally friendly “
The line consists of sporty clutches and bowler bags to non-woven and canvas totes. Bags are available in the following collections: Women’s Brights, Black Denim, Non-Woven Totes, Fly Away, Memory, Market Essential Tote, Mod Graphik, Night Wave, Logo 80’s, Palm Trees and Flower Garden. My favorites are the print with the pink heart-shaped sunglasses directly above and these great black denim bags
They also just came out with a line of eco wear t-shirts made out of organic cotton and recycled polyester (more on that in the video interview)
A great thing about attending these shows is the majority of the time, you get to speak to the owners/creators directly and Ive been pretty lucky with this show. I got to speak with and interview Maggie Lee from Make Love Not Trash