FEED friend Amanda Hearst epitomizes the conscious lifestyle in many ways (check out her @friendsoffinn Instagram account, and you’ll see what we mean). Recently the philanthropist turned her sights on launching luxury ethical fashion site, MAISON-DE-MODE.COM. In honor of the launch, we asked Amanda to share what ethical gifts she’s giving (and hoping to receive) this holiday season. Safe to say, someone on team FEED will be receiving those Copabu Bowls from her Secret Santa this year.
SEQUENCE - Love Knot Bracelet in Multi ($44)
I came across SEQUENCE a few years ago and fell in love with their mission. Every piece is handmade by at-risk youth in El Salvador, the second most dangerous country in the world. SEQUENCE gives these kids an opportunity to escape poverty and violence through art and education. A great company and great products - these bracelets are also affordable and great for stacking.
Bib & Sola - Martha Ash Set in Multi ($210)
This glassware set is a super chic alternative to plastic and these colorful glasses have livened up most of my dinner parties. I highly recommend this gift!
Bottletop - Misty Enamel in Black ($195)
This purse is a unique interpretation of a classic, black shoulder bag. Look closely, and you see that it's entirely made of black lacquered soda can tops, each intricately woven by highly skilled artisans in Brazil. Also Candice Swanepoel is the face of the company...and don't we all want to look like Candice?
Amour Vert - Theodora Dress in Brussels Stripe ($130)
This is possibly the most "eco" fashion brand I've ever come across. Everything is domestically made with non-toxic dyes, zero-waste technology, and 100% organic materials. I already own a ton of their basic tees, and I'm hoping to get this classic black-and-white dress for my winter travels.
Wool and the Gang - 1984 Beanie in Stonewash Blue ($85)
I love hand knit products - chunky sweaters, warm scarves, cozy hats - and this beanie is a fun one to add to my knitwear collection. I'm even thinking of buying one of my friends the knit kits we sell: a kit of yarn with easy-to-understand instructions so that you make your own beanie!
Anndra Neen - Rectangle iPhone Case ($375)
Everybody has an iPhone so I love this fun alternative to the classic cases. This piece was handmade by artisans in Mexico City, giving it a one-of-a-kind feel.
Indego Africa - Small Copabu Bowl in Black/White ($55)
I'm obsessed with this whole line of bowls for the kitchen, and you can't go wrong with this one. I like the black-and-white just because it doesn't make too much of a statement, but we also have a ton of other, more colorful options on the site.
Okapi - Card Holder in Tangerine Blesbok ($120)
I always have trouble buying men gifts (how many times can I buy ties and cuff links?). So, this year I’m thinking of this card holder, which was handmade by artisans in Africa. I like the orange because it has a tropical feel, but it comes in other vibrant colors as well.