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Monday Menagerie #16

Since Fashion Week took over NYC last weekend, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate this issue to the good and less-than-good of the fashion industry.  First, however, I must pay tribute to that day that impacted all of our lives 14 years ago on 9/11.




When I started this post I had no idea what I wanted this tribute to be. I am me, so another picture of the horrible events of that day didn’t sit well. I looked up “what have we learned from 9/11” and “art from 9/11” but both of those searches led me down a road that brought me back to smoke and fire coming out of the World Trade Centers and the hate and anger towards what happened. Yes, there is that. There are more emotions than one can describe when your world is turned upside down by someone, or a group of someones, that have only one thing on their minds, hate. But there has to be a better way and then I found this Ted Talk (geeeez, what would we do without Ted Talks??) and I was captivate for 9 minutes and 10 seconds and was tearing up and said “yes, this is what I want to share today and everyday!” Thank you, Zak Ebrahim for sharing your story and being exactly who you are. I would say that any Father should be proud as pie to have YOU for a son.


I found out about Carrie Hammer  one morning while reading The Skimm in bed (which is usually what I do to start my day) and immediately fell in love, sent the link to Tara Tona and said that we had to showcase her. This girl is the REAL DEAL. I know I use the word inspiring a lot but wow, she is INSPIRING! She saw a need, found a way to make it happen and now with her success she is spreading kindness, empowerment and showing how everyday women are the role models that we need in our lives. Thank you Carrie Hammer!



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Emma Watson just won’t quit….doing great things for Gender Equality! If you don’t already know, she has started a whole campaign called HeForShe, and it’s awesome. She is now taking on the Fashion Industry, asking the tough questions and getting people to talk about some real issues that have to be addressed.

“We need to give a better message to women of all ages, all sizes and all nationalities. We need to allow women to feel comfortable in who they are,” McCartney says in the video.

Emma, I loved watching you grow up on the Harry Potter movies, and I love standing by you now to make sh** happen.


Photo via #ClothesWithoutLimits

Photo via #ClothesWithoutLimits


The Moms in this article banded together and created #ClothesWithoutLimits because they were sick of the choices that they had for their young girls

“Through the campaign, these women are hoping to not only bring attention to the negative impact that clothing with stereotypical messaging can have on girls, but more importantly, to show the positive impact that positive clothing can have.”














I don’t think H&M has the picture above in mind when they say “Recycled Clothing,” but it is a pretty great picture. They know they have received some bad press in the past and that Fast Fashion has to find a way to reduce their impact on the environment and a better way to do business.

“No company, fast-fashion or not, can continue exactly like today,” Persson said. “The (prize’s) largest potential lies with finding new technology that means we can recycle the fibers with unchanged quality.”

We at Project:Women look forward to following this story.

Shared by Amy Hammes


In order to measure this impact and compare products, scientists and industrial companies use the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method.

In order to measure this impact and compare products, scientists and industrial companies use the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method.


Speaking of Fast Fashion.

We are here to promote positive and uplifting stories but we also want to educate and bring awareness to the issues you may not know, or that you may not want to know.  Read, be aware and support, as best you can, the companies trying to enhance and make the world a cleaner and better place to live. It’s up to us, the consumers, to demand Big Business, in every industry, to do a better job (period).



… And here are some companies and people that are doing just that:

1.  Alex and Ani.  All the ladies in my life LOVE Alex and Ani.  I was introduced to them by my sis (no by blood but by heart) Sara D. and her Mom Judye G. and I became obsessed and now want to buy one for every woman in my life.

via alexandani

via alexandani

“We create meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to empower the light in you. We share a passion for the well-being of our planet, our communities, and our individual paths.
ALEX AND ANI products are proudly designed and crafted in America and made with love.”


2. StyleSaint.  One of our fantastic Contributors, Tess Gamboa Meyers, turned us on to this rad girl Allison Beal. We hope to get an interview with her (fingers crossed), in the meantime, check out her beautiful line and powerful mission.

via stylesaint

via stylesaint

“We are the next generation designer label, a company driven by our belief in making products that matter and pieces that last. By focusing on quality over quantity – and designing timeless collections that are meant to be worn year-round – we stand firm in our belief that fashion should be neither fast nor disposable.”





3. JUNGMAVEN.  hemp/organic cotton t-shirts, made in USA

I found Jungmaven a couple years ago, and am determined to buy some of their shirts the next time I’m tee-shopping.  Their mission and process of manufacturing looks outstanding.  They promote hemp as a sustainable resource for clothing manufacturing, and utilize their own waste material to create paper!  Their whole story is inspiring.

via Jungmaven

via Jungmaven

“Our vision is to get everyone in a Hemp T-Shirt by 2020. The more farming of industrial hemp the better for the environment. Hemp cleans oxygen, water and nourishes the land. Hemp uses very little to no pesticides or insecticides and needs a fraction of the water that cotton takes to grow.”


4. RE/DONE.  Repurposed denim jeans, made in Los Angeles

I just found this brand a week ago, and it seems like a great concept and apparently has taken off, since the article was in Vogue online mag.  They take worn Levi’s denim and rework it to make something that looks pretty great.

via ReDone

via ReDone


“RE/DONE is not a denim company. RE/DONE is a movement – a movement to restore individuality to the luxury fashion space, a movement to keep heritage brands relevant, and a movement to create sustainable fashion.”

5.  MATTER.  “Pants to see the world in”

This small company works with local craftspeople who use traditional prints and print-making techniques to adorn their extremely comfortable-looking pants, which are designed to fit multiple body shapes naturally, and travel easily.  I want about 5 pairs of these!

via Matter

via Matter

“Our mission is to inspire consumers to value provenance – to ask of the where and why something is made,
and champion alternative production models for textile artisans to expand their economic freedom.”








Featured image (at top) by: Inga Sarda Sorensen via her Twitter

All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here.


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