“Some power is vast — it shapes countries and economies and affects millions of lives. But there’s an arguably equal power that’s quieter. It’s in every one of us, and we can use it in big and small ways, every day. It’s the power of compassion to protect the dignity of those in need. The ability to make someone laugh, and to find opportunity in challenges — the drive to take an idea and turn it into a new business. That’s power, too.” ~ Eileen Fisher
The EILEEN FISHER brand is launching its Fall 2017 campaign, which asks seven female community leaders what power means to them. Eileen Fisher has long been a pioneer of fashion sustainability (all her cotton and linen will be organic by 2020) as well as an advocate for women and girls, whether supporting leadership programs or joining the steering committee of New York State’s first-ever council that recognizes and represents women’s equality. Eileen Fisher wants to affect positive change and messages. Now, she gives us a lift in our dark times.
The weather warms. The clock springs forward. The legs and toes are bared. And I take a moment to ditch the black – at least, for a bit. I will always love wearing black – it’s so chic and elegant. But I reach this point in the season where I need a change from the expected: I need a pop of color. Purple does the trick. And pink. And red. And white. Always white.
ANITA: I started reading fashion blogs approximately 10 years ago. That was when fashion and style blogging really started. What I noticed was that fashion blogs were mostly written by young women for young women. I looked around and tried to find someone older who was speaking to older women, like me. What little I did find was cliché-laden and not very high quality. I wanted something different, something for women who wanted to “age differently” whatever that means to them personally. I thought I could do better – that’s how Look For The Woman was born.
MKG: How long have you been writing?
ANITA: I dabbled with what I would call “serious” writing years ago. I loved it but then lost it. My blog has existed for almost two years now. I try to write everyday. I don’t always, but when I do, I love it, like I used to. It’s intimidating, it’s hard, but if you believe you have something to say you just plug along. Continue reading →
Oceana Lott reminds us that today, Fashion Revolution Day, marks the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. I am joining others by wearing my shirt #insideout. It’s time for us to ask, “who made your clothes?” and challenge the apparel industry to follow fair trade agreements to protect workers and their work environments.
I have chosen to wear my EILEEN FISHER blouse #INSIDEOUT, because they have worked extensively to create ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable fashion production practices. And because I love this blouse!
Stand with me. #INSIDEOUT. TWEET IT, LINK IT, LIKE IT, SHARE IT, and LISTEN TO IT ON MY PODCAST.
“Wearing something that you know was produced in an ethical manner – whether it’s sustainable fabric, fair trade, or sweatshop and cruelty-free – adds to the enjoyment of clothing and, indeed, to life.” ~ Oceana Lott
MKG: Oceana, you are the Executive Director of Fashion Revolution; you are an eco-fashion blogger and a writer, an advocate, an organizer, and an educator. How did you get started in this life of purpose?
Oceana: Since I was 21 years old, when I joined Earth First! I have always been looking for ways to live in a right relationship with people and the planet. For the past 30 years, I have sought to be a stand for what is fair and just, for life to thrive. Continue reading →
I love black. The minute I feel the cool temperatures, I welcome wearing it. But about this time of year, especially during a harsh winter like the one we have had, I start to see black and only blackin my wardrobe choices. And I know I am in a rut. When this happens, just adding a pop of color around my face brightens my mood every time. Today it’s purple, a fantastic color but one I rarely wear. Why, I’m not sure, but today I am stepping out of my comfort zone. My colorful blouse of choice? EILEEN FISHER, of course!
EILEEN FISHER has been on my radar as a socially-conscious company, committed to helping young women feel better about themselves. I recently sat down with Antoinette Klatzky, the Program Director and Leader of The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute. Established in 2010, EFLI promotes leadership in young women through self-empowerment, connection with others and activism in their communities with multiple programs for teens and young adult women. Antoinette discussed the pressing issues facing our teens today, including body image and social pressure. Here is our conversation.
MKG: Antoinette, as the Program Director what do you see as the most pressing issues facing our teens?
ANTOINETTE: I see a number of issues facing teens in our local communities today. The primary root cause of the issues, though, seems to be social pressure. The social pressures are wide ranging. They relate to higher education (what college will I get into? How will that affect my future?); testing (does this standardized test really measure my ability to think and create?); clothing (how does what I’m wearing define who I am?); body image (will I fit in if my body doesn’t fit?) etc. Teens are not always empowered to tap into their true passions and care for one another from a place of empathy and compassion. Continue reading →