The holiday season has snuck up on us once again, but this year it’s come during an emotional and volatile point in time where it feels as though some of our nation’s most fundamental liberties are being challenged. If there’s anything I’ve taken away from the recent political, cultural and environmental events, it is that complacency is silence. And as a woman, a mother and a daughter of immigrants, silence can be detrimental. Now, more than ever, is the time to unite, learn, educate, participate and donate time and money to causes that will fight to protect us and the equal rights that make this country so beautiful. As I’m personally trying to navigate how to better engage in issues and how I can stand to make even the smallest difference within my community, it doesn’t mean that I (or you!) shouldn’t continue take delight in the holidays. Especially when some of my favorite female designers have started initiatives to bring awareness and to give back to impactful organizations. Designers of #WomenTogether, which includes Ulla Johnson, Ace & Jig, and Rachel Comey, are giving 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28. 15% of all Bliss and Mischief proceeds will go towards an organization of your choice, which includes Standing Rock Sioux and the Human Rights Campaign. And Patagonia is continuing their yearly tradition of giving 100% of proceeds, during Black Friday, to underfunded grassroots organizations, working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. Whether you shop or not, let’s all pay it forward . . .
Rachel Comey: A portion of sales will be donated to the Trevor Project, the leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28
I can’t get over the breathtaking range of color emitting from these otherwise prosaic salt flats and dry lake beds, captured so brilliantly by David Burdeny. The Canadian photographer spent years flying over salterns in Western Australia, Utah’s Great Salt Lake and the Mojave Desert, during different times of days and seasons, to seize the right angles. Though they’re man made, you can’t deny the beauty that occurs naturally thanks to organic forces.
Casual. Polished. Perfection. That’s the essence behind Cate Holstein’s new label Khaite, which launched exclusively at The Line last season. Khaite is classic, American sportswear stripped down to the most bare, yet covetable, basics that include classic, high waisted denim, felted cashmere sweaters, and merino wool bodysuits – my personal favorite. It’s all quite simple, yes, but the attention to detail is essential to the brand’s refreshing appeal. Cashmere undergoes different and multiple wash processes to create an exceptionally soft and luscious texture. The denim sanding process, which is overseen by Cate herself, creates that ideal vintage feel. Perfection comes at a price but there’s no doubt that these pieces would remain closet staples for years.
Ashley Longshore has been dubbed Andrea Warhol, the modern day Andy. Inspired by American consumerism, the New Orleans based pop artist adorns iconic and historical figures in designer wares and glamorous duds, but not without her own quirky and humorous twist. I mean, Honest Abe in Gucci? Amazing. Her fearless use of color and textures, like resin and glitter over acrylic on canvas, creates a jovial mood that’s endearing and contagious. “I want to live in a world of laughter, color, sparkle and shine,” Ashley said. “Life is too short to not spend most of the day with a smile.” We couldn’t agree more.