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Empowered Women Inspire Change: Fashion with Purpose

“Life is like a rollercoaster. It has its ups and downs, but it’s up to you to enjoy the ride.” This is exactly Nicki Patel’s philosophy. After enduring health complications and working herself to exhaustion, the budding designer took a much-needed change of direction back toward familial roots and finding purpose. This ultimately inspired her and gave her the confidence to establish herself as a designer. With the love of her loyal pup, Milo, and out of a desire to empower women and inspire change in her pursuit to make a difference in the world, a cruelty-free, ethically-designed womenswear line arose: milo+nicki.

Who Made Your Bag Strap? A Look Into the Brand That Started It All

Growing up in Ecuador, Carmen Maria Correa and Laura Carrion were inspired by their home’s vivid landscapes, beautiful crafts, spectacular people, and most importantly, sartorial choices — such as the waist-cinchers, the traditional garb of Ecuadorians — which inspired the design for the popular bag strap so present in their collections. The brand’s story is a true example of innovation sparked by creativity.

The Great Escape

(Left) Poncho: Red Poppy Vintage // Pom Poms: La Niñas Textile // Ring: Gypsy River // (Right) Monokini: Body Glove // Necklace: Biulu Artisans // Bag: Dibadani Store // Ring: Violet Gray Necklace: Biulu Artisans // Long Necklace: Tierra Alma // Dress: Figure Love // Ring: Lost Lover Stone Hat: SFH Designs // Choker: Biulu Artisans // Necklace: Inali Campbell // Top: Favorite Little Corner // Bottoms: Printed Pattern People // Kimono: Sigal // Cuffs: Ways of Change Monokini: Body Glove // Rings: Monali G, Lost Lover Store (Left) Hat: Tienda Shop // Earrings: June Chapters // Choker: Biulu Artisans // Swimsuit: Body Glove // Shirt: Auguste the Label (Right) Head Scarf: Printed Pattern People // Earrings: Folk Fortune // Choker: Biulu Artisans // Swimsuit: Sunday…

TAMGA Design Teaches Us How to Create Responsible Fashion Design

  Environmentally and ethically responsible consumption and productions are two of the main themes behind the Canada-based TAMGA Designs. A brainchild of Yana Barankin and Eric Dales, the fashion brand focuses on using sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing and production in hopes of influencing the present and future of the fashion industry.

En el Barrio

Tell us about yourself. My name is Cierra Creer. I got into modeling when I was 16, but I’m going to school because education has always been the most important thing. Right now, I’m studying Communications and Spanish, with a minor in PR, at Arizona State University. However, I’m still very passionate about modeling and trying to find a way to integrate the two.   What is your passion? There aren’t many things that I’m super passionate about, but if I had to pick one it’d definitely be music. I’ve always grown up listening to so many different artists and my love for finding new music hasn’t stopped. At the moment, I’d say I’m most passionate about my journey of self-discovery. I’m just an 18 year-old…

Alma de la Selva

“Blogger? I’ve been struggling with the label…” says Jana Rose Carrero from the style blog, OJ and Cigs. As a multifaceted woman, visual experimenter, music and art enthusiast, Jana feels most at home in her contemplative state, creating visual art. An ease is felt in her presence as she opens up about her drive and passions, exuding a wealth of serenity that can inspire even the most impartial onlooker. Her work features soft, subtle images intertwined with edge and elegance  — a testament to the woman herself. As a visionary, Jana creates poetry with her aesthetic, painting a story with her images. Her imaginative visuals have garnered a widespread audience of others who also view life as art, and clothing as a form of extracting and showcasing life’s beauty. To her, the act of blogging…

Mystic Moon: Magic on the Marsh

Editorial Credits  Collaboration: Lunarsea & Le Photogenic for the latest campaign for Lunarsea – Mystic Moon. Photography: Michelle Troop of Le Photogenic   // @_michelle__troop_ Location: The Marsh, Broome, WA, Australia Model: Kathe Dewaele // @petitekathe Hair/Makeup: Kathe Dewaele Styling: Celeste Boyd (owner/designer of Lunarsea) Assistant Stylist & location scout: Lisa Terry Jewelry: Lunarsea  // www.lunarseadesigns.com // @lunarseadesigns Clothing: The Havana crotchet dress by Spell Designs // www.spelldesigns.com // @spell_byronbay Summer Greens Sugar Maxi dress by Arnhem // www.arnhem.co // @arnhem_clothing Vintage crotchet top, embroidered jacket & suede shorts from Celeste’s extensive vintage collection. Vintage boots: Kathe’s own.

Meet the Canvas: Shadé Akanbi

Shadé Akanbi is more than a fashionable woman with a story, her wardrobe has a history of its own. Her style is an organized chaos of vibrant colors and textural patterns. There is an effortless way to how she throws together a patterned jacket, gilded vest and her daily stack of bracelets. Shadé has traveled extensively, and her travels have greatly affected her style and philosophy on clothing.