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New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

Valentine’s Day is just about a month away — and some of us might expect a beautiful bouquet for the occasion, as 37% of flowers purchased are given as gifts. But before February even arrives, you could treat yourself with an even more fashionable kind of present. Now that Loewe, a Spanish luxury fashion house, has finally debuted its much-anticipated capsule collection based on the beloved animated film My Neighbor Totoro, the world may seem just a little bit brighter. That said, you’ll need to save up if you expect to splurge on one of these pieces.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

A Japanese animated film with a cult following, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters who relocate with their father to the countryside in order to care for their ailing mother. After wandering into the forest, the sisters befriend some local spirits — including Totoro, a large creature (resembling a cat or rabbit, depending on who you ask) who helps the girls and goes on adventures with them. The film is easily one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous, as Totoro acts as the studio’s mascot, though films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Magic Castle have also seen widespread acclaim. While art therapy has been around since the 1940s, Studio Ghibli has been delighting audiences since the mid-1980s. And for many, the studio’s films have brought a sense of comfort during difficult times.

Loewe Luxury Fashion Accessories

Those who are familiar with the work of Studio Ghibli or who have an eye for Japanese influence will be enchanted by the most recent capsule collection from Loewe, a fashion brand helmed by designer Jonathan Anderson.

According to a statement Anderson made to Vogue, “…There are the values that My Neighbor Totoro as a whole stands for. I believe certain ideas the film conveys, such as the environment seen through the eyes of children and the concept of adventure, are very significant, especially in these times of uncertainty.”

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

The collection is now available on Loewe’s official website, as well as the Selfridges website and in select stores, and includes ready-to-wear garments and accessories all designed with the iconic characters in mind and featuring images plucked right from the film. There are casual sweatshirts, stylish leather bags, ethereal blouses, quirky shoes, and even biker jackets available for purchase; despite the fact that motorcycle accident fatalities reached 5,172 nationwide in 2017, many fashion-forward consumers enjoy the look of a leather jacket (even if they’ve never been on a motorcycle themselves).

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

While the collection perfectly captures the essence of childlike whimsy, it also comes with a steep price tag. Pieces start at $350 and exceed $9,000 — so if you’re simply seeking Studio Ghibli merch, it might be better to look elsewhere. But if you’re a lifelong fan and you’ve got a stimulus check to spare, you might be able to snag yourself something special from this in-demand collection.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Everyone knows that 2020 was a tough year for New York City. As the first major U.S. city struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC saw its streets empty, subways go dark, and hospitals quickly overwhelmed. The city that never sleeps seemed to suddenly enter a months-long slumber, that is until the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests in the summer. The days and weeks after that saw thousands upon thousands march against police brutality in New York, often facing more violence from the NYPD. The turbulent presidential election closed out the year, with many New Yorkers working hard to get out the vote and ensure that our country’s democracy continued.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Through all of these ups and downs in 2020, the people of New York City prevailed. They stayed strong, supported one another, and helped pave the way for other cities across the country to also overcome these issues.

To celebrate this courage, Go Dash Dot has debuted a limited-edition bag inspired by New York City and its residents. The New York Lenten Rose Tote is a sophisticated, modern bag that speaks to the classic NYC experience. The design of the bag features leather trim, a glossy black finish, and compartments for laptops, phones, and water bottles. The bag also has a separate shopper tote that is compacted in a key chain and expands to a full-length nylon bag. It’s both functional and stylish, echoing the key characteristics of the iconic city it honors.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

“I wanted to create something that celebrates the strength of New York while reflecting the humanity we showed during the worst of 2020,” said Hannah Fastov, the founder of Go Dash Dot.

Fastov also says that the limited-edition bag symbolizes the New York Lenten Rose, a dark flower that starts blooming during the last six weeks of winter. The bag also comes with a charm depicting the flower. This rose signals the beginning of a new season and, to many New Yorkers, the start of a new chapter as they look towards life after the pandemic. While quality content can boost a company’s blog’s traffic by 2,000%, this type of hopeful symbolism may also work in bringing more attention to Go Dash Dot and its community-driven approach to business.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

This past year, Go Dash Dot made international headlines when it donated a significant portion of its inventory to New York healthcare workers. Not only did these healthcare workers have to handle New Yorkers’ typical medical issues, such as UTIs, which are the most common type of healthcare-associated infections, but they also had to fight the coronavirus. As a new virus causing a pandemic, this was no easy task. Fastov herself delivered many of the donated bags to emergency rooms throughout the city. Strapped around the waists of doctors and nurses, her bags assisted healthcare workers by allowing them to carry all of their essential tools and belongings as they saved lives.

“As a young, female entrepreneur with a small business that was just starting to gain traction, the COVID-19 outbreak was not only devastating to the business but my confidence as a leader. It was up to me to be strong for my team, who inspired me with their commitment, loyalty, and resolve. We got each other through it, which is what New Yorkers do every day,” said Fastov.

To save her own business, Fastov had to innovate on the services Go Dash Dot provided. The worst of the pandemic prevented many fashion brands from creating, producing, and selling their usual products, and Go Dash Dot was no different. The company started offering make-up tutorials, cooking classes, and fitness workouts. These types of services were in high demand during the strictest times of the COVID-19 lockdown, so Go Dash Dot helped people trapped at home learn how to cook in their kitchens and supported some of the 80.2 million Americans who are physically inactive to get some movement into their daily routines. Go Dash Dot also created summer cocktails and sponsored flash sales of their most popular bags by collaborating with other media platforms.

A completely unique accessory, there are only 100 New York Rose Lenten Totes for sale. You can now purchase this stylish bag that allows you to keep up with your fast-paced NYC lifestyle by visiting Go Dash Dot’s site. Honor the resilient city that we all love, and treat yourself to a bag you’ll use for years to come, by checking out the New York Lenten Rose Tote today.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

When the holiday season starts, one of the hardest decisions you need to make is where to direct your spending money. While big-box stores and large online marketplaces like Amazon offer convenience with quick delivery and pick-up options, you don’t get a sense of doing good with your money.

Instead of opting for convenience this year, you can use your hard-earned money to support people who need it, especially WOC. There are about 28 million small businesses in the United States and when you buy from any one of them, you can know that you brought a smile to a business owner’s face. By buying from a woman of color, you can know that you helped someone who doesn’t get the advantages that a white, male business owner does.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

There are female artisans of color in every community but you may not always know that they’re there. One brand is dedicated to making sure that the talent of these women is brought front and center. TCTLE, pronounced “tac-tile,” is a brand founded by Deepa Shanbhag and is dedicated to supporting creative women of color. Shanbhag was inspired to build TCTLE after years of finding that she was often one of the few or the only WOC on a creative team for a job. Her goal with TCTLE was to help keep other women from feeling like the “other” in the creative workplace. For individuals and organizations that are looking for new talent, TCTLE hosts a free global directory of WOC in creative professions.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

TCTLE is also an online store. TCTLE partners with other WOC business owners and sells some of their products through the online store. Some of the WOC whose items are available for purchase on the site include Lorenia Henriquez of Luni, Katherine Kisa of K Kisa Fine Art and Craft, and Tehmina Brohi of Istani; pictured above with Deepa Shanbhag. To further help communities of color, 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that helps people of color. Right now, TCTLE is donating to the Coronavirus Care Fund, set up by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. About 55 million Americans in 12 different industries are deemed “essential” at this time and this fund was started to help some of those workers. The fund provides emergency assistance to domestic workers, such as nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, so that they can stay home and stay healthy during the pandemic.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this year, look no further than the goods from the artisans on the TCTLE store. About 86% of people say that receiving flowers makes them feel special but any of the gifts from these talented artisans are sure to evoke that feeling of being special as well. The store carries a wide range of gifts, including colorful hats, unique charm necklaces, bold bangles, and comfy scarves. When you purchase from these artisans, you’ll also get to know a little bit about them, bringing you even closer to the people you’re supporting.

Consider what’s on your loved ones’ wishlists this year and find something they’re sure to love at TCTLE’s store. Not only will you be making your loved one happy but you’ll be supporting a WOC artisan and lifting up essential members of our community. You can truly spread some holiday cheer by purchasing from TCTLE this year.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

New York City, the fashion capital of the world, has a new addition to love. 2nd STREET, a luxury, vintage, second-hand store that has more than 600 locations in Japan, opened its second NYC location in the very cool Chelsea neighborhood. With its massive success in Japan and the NoHo location, it’s no surprise that more locations were on the horizon; stay tuned for their SoHo location to open next. Much to the delight of vintage fashion, luxury designer lovers, and trendsetters, 2nd STREET promises and delivers a fashion mecca where anyone is sure to find unique pieces.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

On our venture to the new Chelsea location, we found ourselves surrounded by multiple racks of highly desirable designer labels; all handpicked by 2nd STREET’s international team of talented stylists. We promise once you walk into this second-hand store, you will enjoy a shopping experience like never before. First, the store was impeccable, and I mean impeccable.  The store is basically a dream for someone with OCD; everything is perfectly in place, even after shoppers have rifled through the racks in search of treasures. This is all due to their exceptional customer service which is inspired by “Omotenashi,” the unique Japanese approach to hospitality, in a clean, organized environment.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

You’ll be amazed by the long list of high-end labels that are readily available. We saw Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcon, Vivienne Westwood, Celine, Y-3, Supreme, Rick Owens, Burberry, Tory Burch, and much more. It also boasts a large selection of handbags and accessories from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Gucci. While we saw a few items that had two, sometimes three, 99% of the store features one-of-a-kind finds. The nearly 3,000 sq. ft. store boasts over 10,000 pieces. You are sure to find unique vintage and second-hand pieces without the hefty price tag of buying brand new.

Although it took some time going through the multiple rows, we found great pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Max Mara. You can check out our full shopping experience on our Instastory.

For those who feel uneasy about shopping in person, although 2nd STREET is adhering to the strictest health and safety guidelines set by the state and the CDC, you can shop 2nd STREET’s largest selection of inventory via their online store.

“What’s most fun about shopping at 2nd STREET, besides the attractive price tag, is finding items that really speak to you and also knowing that you’re not going to run into anyone else who is rocking your unique style,” continued Mr. Kikuchi.

In addition to helping reduce global landfill waste by buying and selling gently used clothing, 2nd STREET’s Hand2Hand Project ensures all garments that arrive in their stores are reused in some way. Any items they cannot sell are donated to a partner company that will recycle the clothing to clean up oil spills. Other items are sent to third world countries to create job opportunities and provide clothing to those in need. The 2nd STREET Chelsea store is located at 142 W. 26th Street.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Although there may be some who refuse to wear a mask, many, like us, are fully embracing it as an extra piece to our look. We see masks as fashion accessories; another fashion detail we’re happy to have fun with while staying safe during his pandemic. Thankfully there are a lot of companies who feel the same way and are giving us fashion lovers exactly what we need – a chance to protect ourselves without losing our fashion sense. As we enter the holiday season, this is no different. Giftgowns, makers of cozy, comfy, and functional hospital gowns have all the festive holiday-themed face masks you could want. They are a perfect way to share your holiday spirit while staying safe. These red and green Giftgowns holiday masks are available with a variety of Christmas sayings and images.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Have you been naughty or nice? Want to show off your grouchy holiday face? Does Santa’s reindeer bring you lots of joy? Do you love the winter season or want to show your dislike for 2020? With the Giftgowns holiday masks, you can! The breathable holiday masks are washable and feature two layers of cotton, a pocket for filters, and they fit snugly across your face. And, of course, they boast classic and cute designs on the front.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

There are quite a few holiday masks to love and at $15.00 each, you can get several. There are at least 24 different Giftgowns holiday masks for both adults and kids. They make perfect for stocking stuffers. Naturally, we have several favorites. We love the I Tried Face Mask, Resting Grinch Face Mask, Bah Humbug Face Mask (which perfectly sums up how we feel about 2020, and From A Distance Face Mask. We’ve shared our favorites, which are yours?

Whichever Giftgowns holiday masks you decide to get for yourself or gift to your loved ones, you will be sharing the joyful spirit of the holiday season and showing that you care.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Thanks to the pandemic, holiday parties are on the back burner. This means showing off your most festive holiday attire is limited to whoever you’re at home with, via Zoom family gatherings, and social media. But how do you stand out with a sea of others posing in their holiday finery “for the gram”? You slay in a standout Shinesty holiday outfit, of course. Or you can give the gift of these hottest holiday attire to loved ones who love to shine during the holiday season.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Whether you’re having a family get-together, a holiday celebration for two, or enjoying the holidays solo, you can win the holidays with the hottest festive attire for whatever your Covid Christmas plans entail. In Shinesty holiday-themed apparel, you’ll win “best holiday look” every time. We’re not talking ugly Christmas sweaters (although, they do have those too), we’re talking sophisticated holiday fashion, with a festive edge. We’re talking matching suits, their infamous pajama overalls (Pajamaralls for short and possibly the greatest fashion invention EVER! – see below), pajamas, dresses and jumpsuits, and even underwear.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Santa’s not the only one that should get to enjoy looking good this Christmas. Wow everyone in a Shinesty Candy Cane Print Christmas Suit or Dress; a Leg Lamp Christmas Suit, Dress, or Jumpsuit from the infamous movie, A Christmas Story. Other Christmas prints include a Gingerbread Cookie, 50 Shades of Santa (an all-over Santa Claus print), Deck Yourselves (an all-over holly print), the classic red plaid, Christmas Tree Print, Knit Print (see below), and so much more.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Whether you rock a full holiday-themed outfit (as shown above); Pajamaralls (which, btw, comes with a built-in beer opener); or pair a festive blazer with jeans as below, you’ll be the talk of your holiday get-together. Whether that get-together is in person or virtually.

Shinesty Women's Blazers

So while Covid-19 might put a damper on the holiday this year, it can’t stop the merriment. Show this pandemic that there is no half-assing your holiday celebrations this year by going full-on “Christmas fashion mode”. Let the joyous holiday fashions from Shinesty help you win the Christmas season. Shop these holiday fashion look at www.shinesty.com.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

People love the fall and for the more fashion-conscious of us, that loves stems out of the opportunity to break out our autumnal wardrobe. The temperatures have finally dropped enough to wear all of your cozy sweaters, sturdy boots, and sleek scarves. Now you can pair them to match your personal appearance, whether that includes signature hairstyle and makeup or tattoos and piercings, which 76% of survey respondents believe hurt an applicant’s chances of being hired but can seriously improve your style game. If you’re looking to freshen up your fall wardrobe to make your appearance exactly what you want it to be, try turning to bold African prints this year.

Specifically, try out the colorful African wax prints from Elisamama. Elisamama is a black-owned business that has a beautiful collection of prints for women and children. The pieces are made of high-quality materials and feature bright, eye-catching designs.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

When you buy from Elisamama, you’ll know that you’re supporting local artisans in Nigeria. All of the collections are sourced from and handmade by Nigerian artisans. This helps provide jobs and skills training for people in a part of the world that is too-widely struck by poverty. Ever since launching her business in 2018, Elisamama’s founder Fisayo Che knew that she wanted to help the people of Nigeria find a path out of poverty. By keeping to this business practice, Che has been able to honor her Nigerian roots with the bold colors of the collection while making a tangible difference in the country. Che is also a mother of three, giving her the necessary ability and knowledge to make clothes that kids will love.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The clothing at Elisamama is wide-ranging, with girls’ jumpsuits, dresses, and shorts as well as boys’ shirts. They even have a mommy and me collection with matching pieces. If you’re a single mother who is a parent to one of the children who spend 277 days out of the year with their custodial parent after a divorce, getting a matching mommy and me set could be a great way to celebrate your special bond. The collection is perfect for photo ops and would make for a great, unified picture for your holiday card this year.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The pieces in the collections at Elisamama are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re just lounging around the house or are attending a socially-distanced wedding. Even if you’re just jumping on a Zoom call to celebrate your loved ones getting married, the median age of which has risen to 27 for men and 26 for women, you and your family can throw on your bold prints from Elisamama to show your enthusiasm for the union. Whatever the purpose is, wearing Elisamama will ensure that you’re comfortable and content.

Check out Elisamama today to find your new favorite prints and to help provide local artisans in Nigeria with a pathway towards economic empowerment. Every purchase makes a difference and you’ll get one step closer to looking like the fall fashionista you are.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Tech giants Microsoft and Eon are starting a partnership with the goal of bringing 400 million products online by 2025. Through this ambitious collaboration, they are planning to introduce an industry-wide digital foundation for a circular and connected economy that spans retail, apparel, and fashion.

Circular business models, in particular, have been gaining popularity across industries, making this partnership a wise move. These business models focus on eliminating waste from the way we live by ensuring that they retain materials with productive use for as long as possible. The models can include peer-to-peer exchange, rental, resale, styling services, digital wardrobing, reuse, and recycling. While many industries have a focus on reusing and recycling materials, such as the steel industry which currently produces about 40% of steel around the world with recycled metal, the fashion and retail industries have latched onto the goal of reducing waste in major ways.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Microsoft and Eon hope to make that goal even easier to achieve with their collaboration. Microsoft Azure will power Eon’s CircularID™ Protocol and Eon’s Connected Products Platform. This teamwork will allow brands and retailers to launch new business models and revenue streams, create more dynamic relationships with their customers and maintain a sustainable relationship with the planet. The partnership also allows Eon to solve some of the toughest data and operational scale challenges in the industry. With Microsoft’s software, Eon’s Connected Products can operate side-by-side with existing systems, giving retailers and brands the ability to efficiently digitize their products at scale.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Digitizing products at scale has traditionally been the fashion industry’s biggest obstacle to adopting circular business models. According to Eon Founder and CEO Natasha Franck, they’ve been struggling with a digital infrastructure that is decades old. Not only does this infrastructure prevent retailers and brands from shifting to customer-centric and circular businesses, but it can put them at risk of Internet crime, which involves using the Internet to communicate fraudulent or false representations to consumers. The team at Eon has been working with Microsoft for the past few years to ensure that their shared vision of easy and accurate digital platforms is available across the industry and at scale.

Another vision that this partnership hopes to achieve with Connected Products is redefining what growth and opportunity mean for retailers and brands by disassociating them from resource consumption. For the majority of the fashion industry’s history, producing and selling new products was the sole means of generating revenue. This made sustainability nearly impossible to achieve. However, Connected Products can allow brands to generate continuous revenue from products as they manage, control, and monetize circular business models.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

In the Connected Products system, every garment in the world will have a digital identity, or “digital twin.” This will essentially give each piece of clothing a unique digital fingerprint that connects the garment to the platform for its entire lifecycle. Eon is doing this with the CircularID™ Protocol, allowing different brands and retailers to access a digitized profile of the product’s entire history.

Through Microsoft and Eon’s partnership, the future of the fashion industry could change for the better. Not only can brands and retailers successfully implement a circular economy that helps the struggling environment, but they can maintain two-way communication with their customers and build deeper relationships with their consumers. Combined, these two achievements can transform what it means to have growth and get away from a culture of consumption.