FIRST THOUGHT: Sustainable Fashion
Certain fashion pieces, like a necklace from your mom or a handmade bracelet picked up during travels, tell a story. Such a personal adornment isn’t only a way to hold fast to special memories, but it serves as a reminder about what matters. Actually, I think adding sustainable, creative pieces to your closet evokes a sense that we can make a difference, and we can encourage others to do the same.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 25,000 Pounds
You can definitely make a difference with one of Sword & Plough’s messenger bags on your shoulder. Betsy Núñez and her sister Emily Núñez Cavness, an active-duty U.S. Army officer, have upcycled 25,000 pounds of military surplus into a collection of tote bags, wallets, dopp kits and other accessories that feature hints of navy blue, army green and heather gray. They say their company “enables a beautiful and socially beneficial second life” for materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Turning trash into treasure couldn’t get any more chic.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Jessica Honegger, Founder of Noonday Collection
Everywhere you go, you’re bound to run into a totally kickass businesswoman who is doing good. One such lady is Jessica Honegger. She’s the founder of a jewelry and accessories company called Noonday Collection. In 2010, Honegger and her husband were compelled to adopt a child from Rwanda. While visiting the country, Honegger met two designers who made necklaces out of paper beads. They asked her if she could sell their jewelry in the States. These necklaces helped fund the adoption, and gave Honegger the idea to connect with creative entrepreneurs throughout the world.
Now, Noonday collaborates with 29 artisan businesses in 12 countries, and Inc. Magazine listed the company as #3 on its list of the Fastest Growing Women-led Companies in America. In 2011, Honegger gave women in the United States the opportunity to launch Noonday businesses, where they can sell their artisan products. The result is stunning fair-trade jewelry and accessories perfect for every day or special occasions.
QUITE THE QUOTE
There’s no doubt that the success these women have found wouldn’t have been possible without passion. If anyone can convince you of this, it’s the queen of success herself, Oprah Winfrey. Here’s what she has to say about it:
“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success, but significance.”
That’s all for now. Be sure to share this so more women can have a voice! Thanks for getting ready with us.