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Six Senses Spa, Paris

7 Feb

by Paige Donner

The cocoons that Parisian architect Pierre David designed for the smallest of all the Six Senses spas are made from hand shaped light oak wood and are lined inside, like a Japanese lantern, by back lit paper. There are 4 single treatment cocoons and two for couples. There is no more ideal setting to receive a Paris Rooftop Honey Facial than inside one of these terrestrial cocoons. 

A couple of blocks down from the bejeweled Place Vendome and a few up from the gorgeous Tuilieries Gardens, you will come upon the door of the Six Senses Spa. The first thing that strikes you as you ring their bell, will be the vertical planted “Living Garden” wall that hugs the polished wooden stairway leading down to the spa treatment area.
Living walls have become popular indoor and outdoor urban features and not just in Paris. The Quai Branly Museum boasts a living wall on its exterior, and the Six Senses Spa boasts a living wall on its interior. You are immediately sealed off from the brouhaha of the busy Parisian street as the glass door is opened by remote pushbutton and you are welcomed into the warm and inviting sensorial spa waiting for you at the foot of the stairs.

The Living Wall is an important statement for Six Senses and goes well beyond a simple design choice. The entire philosophy of Six Senses spas are: SLOW LIFE. Sustainable Local Organic Wholesome. SLOW. Learning Inspiring Fun Experience. LIFE. The husband and wife team, Eva and Sonu Shivdasani who created Six Senses have embraced their service mantra, “Atithi Deva Bhava.” It means Guest is God in Sanskrit and they have scented their entire operation with that philosophy.

Hence, the Living Wall that is the first visual to greet you upon entry at rue Castiglione, Paris was chosen with the mindfulness that nature receives you into this oasis of wellbeing and healing. The Vertical Garden helps eliminate CO2 emissions and other toxic elements as well as being a refuge for biodiversity. On a subliminal level, the wall instantly signals to you that you are now in nature’s care and that more than just your physical beauty will be looked after.

 

Six Senses Spa rue Castiglione is a Green Globe Spa. Furthermore, it is most definitely a luxury, urban sanctuary.Green Globe Spa Key Benchmarking Criteria: Environmental Policy; Energy
Consumption; Water Consumption; Waste Production; Social Commitment; Paper Products; Pesticide Products; Cleaning Chemicals; per Treatment Hours... READ Complete Article on Bonjour Paris

 

 

 

 

 

Pin Ups At Paris Men’s Fashion Week

23 Jan

by Paige Donner

Men’s Fashion Week, Paris, AW11/12 wrapped up today with a flourish of Pin ups on silk and thin silk from RYNSHU’s “Shabby Rock’n Roll Style” collection at Hotel Le Meurice Sunday afternoon. In a departure from tradition, RYNSHU designer mixed it up, showing both his men’s collection and several pieces from his soon to launch women’s collection. [ the sale of the lady’s collection will be available  from RYNSHU  PARIS shop and other outlets. ]

P. Diddy partied it up at Raf Simons and then cruised in late for Lanvin, held at Palais Tokyo, a show that favored Grafton fedoras, bomber jackets and bow ties – all crowd pleasers. Lulu Gainsbourg and also Oliver Sims of XX (British band) sat in front rows and sported chic Lanvin Tux blazers, looking ready for a red carpet.

Following photos all EHUD AW/’11-’12 Collection

Earlier in the week, EHUD showed in the grittier Marais with a resonant and loyal turnout of Paris’s fashion influencers. The advantage of showing early in the week? top pick of the male models. All of whom were sizzling hot and flirty!

Other highlights: Agnes B. with a Pirate Look and tight leather pants. Louis Vuitton, Issey Miyake, Dior Homme, Bill TornadeQasimi Homme…stay posted for more Men’s Fashion Week AW11/12 Wrap Up on Greening BeautyGreening Paris.

GREEN Challenge: Write/ email in your suggestions on how to take men’s fashion towards green while still staying in the black…

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Bvlgari, The Golden Globes and Save The Children

17 Jan

Bulgari launched a unique silver and ceramic ring modelled after the famed B.zero.1 line in October 2010, with $75 from each ring benefiting Save the Children.

 

Julianne Moore wears Bvlgari, Golden Globes 2011 – Getty Images
Piper Perabo wears Bvlgari, 68th Annual Golden Globes – Getty Images

 

For 2010-2011, Bulgari has made an additional commitment of $7.4 million to Save the Children to help fund education programs, healing and education through the arts, teacher training, and other related programs in China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, South East Europe, Southern Sudan, Uganda and the United States.

  • Actress JULIANNE MOORE, nominated for Best Actress in a motion picture (Comedy or Musical) wore:
  • 2 yellow gold and diamond  (total weight 79+ cts) necklaces from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
  • 2 emerald  (total weight 21+ cts) and diamond rings from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
  • 1 vintage gold Bulgari Melone handbag, from Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd.
  • Actress PIPER PERABO, nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) wore:
  • Emerald cut diamond  (total weight 10+ cts) stud earrings from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
  • White gold, PVD and diamond  (total weight 6+ cts) cocktail ring from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
  • White gold and diamond (total weight 29+ cts) bracelet from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
Actress Hayley Atwell, nominated for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture (Made for Television) – Getty Images

Recognizing that education has the power to transform lives, Bulgari has since 2009 partnered with leading non-profit organization Save the Children to provide quality education opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable children. In 2009, Bulgari raised over $9 million to support education programs and teacher training in Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Southern Sudan, Uganda and countries in South East Europe. Proceeds from the sale of a much celebrated silver anniversary ring contributed to Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future campaign, which targeted support for over 10 million of the world’s children.

Photos Courtesy Getty Images

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Paris Soldes Offers Organic Goods

16 Jan

Reprinted from: Paris Seen By

Stylist Nathalie Garçon, the ambassador for Paris, Shopping and fashion capital,has a chic, ethnic style full of colour. Having discovered her love of fashion in Cannes, where she is originally from, she now considers herself 100% Parisian and tells us all about “her” capital.

Parisian by adoption for 30 years, you know the capital better than many of its citizens. If you had to persuade someone to visit for the first time, what would you say to them?

N.G.: It’s the most varied and disconcerting city I know, with such a classic air. It’s constantly changing with the times; a capital that manages the ultimate mixture of a rich historic past and the eclectic influence brought by a large influx of foreign visitors. But it’s also a dream city for any fashion lover!

If you were to spend 24 hours rediscovering Paris, in your own way, from breakfast to late evening, what would you choose to do?

N.G.: First of all, I’d have breakfast at Dalloyau in the 6th, with its view over the Luxembourg garden, followed by a walk and certainly a game of tennis in the “Luco”, which I absolutely adore. I’d then stroll around the surrounding streets for a bit of shopping, before stopping off around 11.45am, for a coffee at Flore, boulevard Saint-Germain, and a bit of people-watching. I’d then head towards the Musée du Quai-Branly to rediscover the collections of oceanic masks which is just as enjoyable each time I visit. Then it’d be off to Trocadéro, for a bit of a walk and to admire the Eiffel Tower; passing by the terrace at Carette, a hot spot for Parisians.

After that I’d go to the Marais district and get a Vélib; a quick stop along the lively rue de Bretagne for some organic fruit, and then I’d take a look around the Musée Picasso. I’d have lunch quite late on rue Charlot, in one of the little restaurants that have recently opened there, before continuing on to Drouot, where I’d hope to find something a bit unusual. At the end of the afternoon, a drink at the bar of the Meurice, before a trip to the theatre. Dinner at Cristal de Sel, a little bistro I love, one last drink at Mathis and finally to bed!

As an internationally renowned stylist, is Paris a source of inspiration?

N.G.: Paris instills into creators a subtle mixture of freedom, fantasy and elegance. But it’s also a multicultural capital, and so open to the entire world, making its influence both very Parisian and completely cosmopolitan at the same time.

Paris is continually evolving, with new boutiques, but also the opening of many palaces in the coming months. Do you think that this return to such grand luxury will breathe new life into the city?

N.G.: These palaces are both a reflection of a constantly changing world, and a strong sign of the end of the economic crisis. Paris is offering a large number of exceptional venues that will attract foreign visitors, many of whom may never have previously visited the city; they will also bring back visitors who are looking for high quality, up-market accommodation.

The elegance of Parisian women is often the envy of the world. But what do you think of Parisians, and what would you like to suggest to them?

N.G.: Definitely a bit more fantasy and freedom, both of which are fun. Men are definitely less favoured than women with regards to day-to-day fashion, as they’re still limited to a suit at work, but a simple accessory in a lively colour or elegant shoes would add a bit of creativity, making it less dull. And certainly more humour and lightness … And if their professional environment doesn’t allow them freedom with their clothes, my main advice would be to try and make a real effort at the weekend, rather than slouching around in jogging bottoms or other clothes that may very well make their own grandfathers blush!

You’re the ambassador for Paris, Shopping and fashion capital. For the “Soldes by Paris”, what advice can you offer to visitors and Parisians looking to make the most of the sales?

N.G.: The sales are always a chaotic time that merit a bit of practical preparation: good shoes (don’t wear them if they’re new!), clothes that are easy to take on and off in the changing rooms without a struggle …Then, you also need to make sure you avoid the well-known areas, as they get very busy. Go and discover new places during the sales with friends; and of course an outside opinion is always handy to avoid those shopping mistakes!

For Addresses

www.shoppingbyparis.com/en/ NATHALIE GARÇON  www.nathaliegarcon.com

 

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The Stella App

6 Jan

Stella’s New Fasion App: The app contains an article on artist Barry Reigate, whose drawings are also featured on the homepage of the newly redesigned Stella McCartney website, an indepth look on Land Art today, a medium that uses nature as inspiration, All this and News, Videos, and photos from recent events and presentations.

The Ipad App features original content about the World of Stella McCartney. The launch issue features a “What’s News” section highlighting the latest updates about the brand, including a first look at backstage at the recent Summer 2011 show in Paris and an exclusive performance by Pharrell Williams and N*E*R*D at the after party. Editorial stories such as: “Stella’s Diary” on the day of her Spring 2011 presentation in New York consisting of an animated collage by artist Jeremy Kost; the debut of “In the Park,” a video directed by Alasdair McLellan with music by Brian Eno with Dree Hemingway in the most iconic looks from the Winter collection.

Interactive stories include an interview with the world’s tennis number 1, Caroline Wozniacki, the face of the Adidas by Stella McCartney tennis collection and a fun and playful story on the recently launched Stella McCartney Kids collection by Ryan McGinley.

Bonus: You can even get your own Farabella iPad Case:

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Stevia is A Super-Beauty Food

30 Dec

By Paige Donner

30 times sweeter than sugar, Stevia, the herb-derived non-caloric sweetener that has replaced those others recently, is actually a beauty remedy as well!

It comes from a small green plant (stevia rebaudiana) found in Paraguay, the native Guarani Indians have apparently always used it to sweeten their drinks.

It’s also good for fruit salads and to sweeten whipped cream!

For your beauty regimen, its ultra-sweet power gives it its super hydrating properties, particularly for your entire body. Its “steviosides” not only moisturize but also soften the skin. Melvita makes an exquisite blend of thym infused honey and stevia called Apicosma that reveals ultra-soft, creamy rich and touchable arms, legs and all-over. You can also try blending some of your own beauty Super Potions using packets of Stevia that you find at your health food store.

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Happy Eco-Beautiful Holidays!

16 Dec

Greening Beauty & Greening Hollywood’s Gift Guide, Holidays 2010

After you’ve donated to the water/earth/tree/sky/animal/children/developing world/urban community/greenspace et al. charities of your choice this season, here are some feelgood treats for your loved ones…and for you!

Roses et Chocolat

This delightful hand-made, artisanal chocolate is crafted singlehandedly by Rachel, the owner of Vancouver’s CocoaNymph. It is one of the only chocolate shops in the world I’ve been in that invites you to stay and savor a cup of hot chocolate before making off with your carefully culled cocoa concoctions.

Talika Eye Dream

The Expert of Specific Treatments, Talika is a Paris based cosmeceutical company that excels at boosting your attributes. Whether that’s bust firming and lifting, or eyelash elongating or, as we recommend for a lovely and illuminating look for the holidays, their Eye Dream product. It comes fashioned in its own applicator so need to dip in fingers, it provides your eye area with exactly the right amount of dosage and a smooth applicator that soothes as it spreads the light cream. Ingredients are: Peptides, Dipeptides, Soybean Protein Extract, Floral Waters of Lime and Orange, Horse Chestnut Extract, Vitamin F.  When you wake up puffiness around the eyes are reduced and eye contour area is thoroughly moisturised and smoothed.

Ojon Hair Products

Ojon Winter Shine & Protect Products

Sustainable harvesting allows Ojon to share the treasures of the rainforest without destruction or depletion of the resource.  The naturally derived ingredients used in their products, such as the Winter Shine & Protect line, are all harvested, sustainably, from the rainforest. Their Shine & Protect glossing mist is fortified with Ojon Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, Wheat Germ and Sweet Almond Oil. And…it works! Sold exclusively at Sephora. Available in Canada, Australia, U.S., U.K. and Germany.

Four Cow Farm Calendula Remedy
The ONLY Calendula-infused olive oil balm on the market which is made from 80% organic Calendula-infused olive oil. All others are much lighter creams or tinctures (which are steeped in alcohol and can be very drying). It’s been formulated to soothe inflamed or irritated skin, or skin prone to dryness or eczema and was our first product, designed for a naughty toddler with eczema. It is the richest, most soothing 100% natural balm currently on the market. It can also soothe baby’s dry skin conditions and eczema.
Four Cow Farm  products are made with 100% renewable energy on their green energy farm, and their bottles and jars are made from light, 100% recyclable materials.  Four Cow Farm, Australia
Patyka Huile Absolue
Patyka Huile AbsolueThis face and body serum smells so good you can use it as a perfume; it is so effective that you can use it as a first aid remedy for minor cuts and abrasions. Made from 11 essential oils and plant oils,  it is super anti-oxidizing for the skin. You can use it on the face, on your body and also as a deep-oil conditioning treatment for your hair.
Made in France, Eco Cert and CosmeBio   www.Patyka.com
Ayala Moriel Parfums
Inspired by a poem, Ayala chose to create her Hanami perfume around the themes of subtle and urbane, flowers and dusty dirt. She recreated the dusty, urban landscape of the Metro by using Cabreuva, siamwood and cassie to achieve the metallic scent of wet train tracks.  Vetiver and bakul attar contribute their dusty notes, and then cherry blossoms are represented by an accord of vanilla, tonka bean, pink lotus and magnolia. Perfumes are all natural based and the glass used is French-sourced bottles of recycled and recyclable glass.
Iroisie
Luminosity, Radiance, Instantly Healthy. Iroisie’s Instant Beauty Fresh Mask will bestow on your complexion all of these gifts and more. It is formulated with the purest ingredients harvested from the sea and the country in France. A quick Eco Beauty pick-me-up, you will notice your face toned, brightened and glowing with Iroisie products. EcoCert and CosmeBio  www.iroisie.com
For Our Men…

Origins
Express Male by Origins is a nice tidy package of natural and clean personal grooming products that make a chic gift for your metrosexual male.  Skin conditioning Kukui Nut oil and Smoothing Soybean oil will have his razor gliding nearly hands-free across his stubbly square jaw. Fire Fighter® takes the burn out of shaving and is loaded with Chamomile, Cucumber and Winterbloom.  Available at all Origins stores.
VitaZing ™ SPF 15 Energy Boosting Moisturizer

In a recent interview with Live Science®, one of the researchers behind a study noted in theDecember 2009 International Journal of Primatology, Ian Stephen explains, “effectively health1and attractiveness are pretty much the same thing .” In the study, to optimize the healthyappearance of male and female subjects, rosiness, yellowness and brightness were improvedin digital photographs. The study revealed that these changes to the skin “enhance theperceived health of human faces.” In a world where many of us work long days (andsometimes nights), do not get enough water or nutrients, or perhaps, have little ones at home,how is it possible to achieve a rosy, bright, healthy glow, instantly?
Powered by Nature: VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer with Mangosteen is formulated with aunique skin tone perfecting mineral pigment technology that visibly transforms skin, instantly.VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer with Mangosteen appears un-tinted whenfirst massaged onto skin, and then it releases a subtle, sheer hint of color to even and enhanceskin tone, providing a flawless, fresh radiance, so skin appears naturally perfected.  www.origins.com
Eco Gift Wrapping

Recycled gift-wrapping tissue from Calligrane at 6, rue du Pont Louis Philippe, Paris. And best to replace those unrecyclable ribbons and bows with…torn strips of old t-shirts strung with cool, found beads and other objets bijoux that you find. Now there’s a gift fit for a Queen or a King!

Wishing you Happy Holidays, a Very Merry Christmas and

A Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Greening Beauty, Greening Hollywood and The Whole Green Blog Network!!!

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Green or Grey Fashion?

7 Dec

Cathy Amouroux is a 22 year old fashion designer and stylist living in Paris. She is a guest blogger for Greening Beauty. More at: at: www.cathyamouroux.fr

[Editor’s Note: Use a web-based translator, such as Chrome, to read the article in English]


by: Cathy Amouroux

Mon cœur balance. Il est dur d’assouvir ses envies créatives tout en se demandant en permanence si notre démarche est responsable ou non.

Je me suis déjà intéressée à la mode équitable en travaillant avec Cruselita, jeune marque de bijoux et d’accessoires engagée dans la protection de notre environnement et des conditions de travail de ses fabricants. Cette démarche limite les possibilités créatives à cause du choix plus restreint des matières. Mais la beauté de l’enjeu compense largement cette réduction des moyens: les produits obtenus ont une richesse particulière que les produits classiques n’ont pas.

D’un autre côté je suis, je l’avoue, friande de la « grey fashion ». Lorsque je préparais ma dernière collection, je suis littéralement tombée sous le charme des fournisseurs Schoeller Textiles et American Supply. Loin des classiques sergés de coton, on trouve chez eux des matières exceptionnelles, des tissages et maillages hors du commun, et des couleurs absolument introuvables ailleurs. Je trouve que l’utilisation d’une de ces matières se suffit à elle même pour donner un cachet particulier à toute création.

Malheureusement, il y a de quoi se sentir coupable quand on achète de tels matériaux, car leur mode de fabrication est souvent polluant !

J’ai alors voulu me pencher sur la question suivante : peut-on trouver des textiles funs ET écologiques ?

Récemment encore, pour moi éco textiles évoquaient souvent monotonie et fadeur. Blanc, beige, kaki, marron…à des kilomètres de mon univers.

Je me suis alors dit que non, c’est impossible, les prouesses technologiques ne peuvent pas s’arrêter là. J’ai donc décidé de mener ma propre petite enquête auprès de mes deux favoris cités plus haut.

Après avoir pris rendez-vous avec Schoeller textiles, j’ai été chaleureusement reçue par Mme Emmanuelle Vallée-Beauvais, représentante du fournisseur en France.

Cette dernière m’a fait découvrir la gamme proposée par la société sœur de Schoeller appelée Bluesign, qui garantit le meilleur rapport entre technicité et respect de l’environnement. Et à ma grande surprise, je suis repartie avec une bonne dizaine d’échantillons incroyables sous le bras. En voici un aperçu:

PICTURES

Légende photo 1 : De la couleur et des surfaces surprenantes.

Quant à mon deuxième favori American Supply, après quelques prises d’informations, j’ai découvert que la marque s’engage de plus en plus dans le respect de notre planète en consignant ses créations dans une charte de responsabilité environnementale.

Le fournisseur utilise en effet des plastiques végétaux recyclés ou recyclables, des colles végétales, ou encore des matériaux composites à base de déchets industriels détournés.

American Supply a également montré récemment son engagement en offrant sa créativité à la dernière campagne de publicité EcoFolio, l’éco-organisme des papiers qui organise, finance et accompagne la collecte, le tri et le recyclage des papiers.

Enquête conclue avec succès: le beau et l’extraordinaire peuvent aller dans le sens du respect et d’un engagement responsable.

Cathy Amouroux is a 22 year old fashion designer and stylist living in Paris. She has already worked alongside such fashion greats as: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Maxime Simoens and also Ostwald Helgason in London. At the same time, she has been working on creating her own designs and imprinting her own aesthetics on her fashion collections. You can see more from Cathy at: www.cathyamouroux.fr

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Africa Rising

8 Oct

By Paige Donner

The new mood in Africa is positive,” – Bono

Africa Rising is the contemporary African Art exhibit that opened in Paris on October 6th, the last day of Paris Fashion week.  It is the love-child of Ali Hewson and husband Bono who have directed the world’s focus towards the living conditions of the peoples of Africa for decades. This time, they want the focus to be on all the positive things happening on the continent.

L to R: Antoine Arnault, Ali Hewson, Angelique Kidjo, Bono, Yves Carcelle

Joining Ali and Bono in their efforts this year is the French Luxury Brand LVMH. Louis Vuitton, a company recognized for its support of the arts and its Core Values program, collaborated with designer Ali Hewson to manufacture a signature bag, the Edun bag, named after her line of designer clothing. It is the first time LV  has manufactured anything 100% in Africa, in this instance, Kenya.

Founder of Edun, Ali Hewson stated that it’s great to be partnered with a luxury worldwide recognized brand such as Louis Vuitton, because “you are stronger as a team.”

Artwork on display at Africa Rising Exhibit 1, rue Pont Neuf, Paris

That a contemporary art exhibit dominated the social scene of Paris Fashion Week is both fitting and triumphant. It probably helped the cause just a little bit that rockstars such as Angelique Kidjo and – of course – Bono, took the stage to perform for the select crowd in support of the cause.

Alexandra Richards, daughter of Keith, provided DJ tunes. But the real stars of the show were the contemporary artists and their artwork on display.

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Eco Bags Are BIG! – Previews From Paris Fashion Week

26 Sep

By Paige Donner

Louis Vuitton, Lancel, Stella McCartney…These are some of the biggest names in the fashion industry worldwide.

Each of them have debuted IT bags this year, and those bags happen to be Eco-friendly and/or Ethically oriented.

See More Photos of Ali and Bono wearing Edun and sporting LV on LouisVuittonJourneys.com. Photo by Annie Leibovitz.

Louis Vuitton Keepall 45 “Edun”

Louis Vuitton has partnered with Edun to design the limited edition Louis Vuitton monogrammed Keepall 45. The Every Journey Began In Africa joint ad campaign which features Edun designer Ali and her husband Bono wearing Edun ethical fashions and carrying the Keepall 45 LV tote as they step out of a small plane onto the sweeping grass plains of Africa can be found at LouisVuittionJourneys.com. Photographed by Annie Liebovitz, it is one of those ad campaigns that are the stuff of legends.

Louis Vuitton limited edition Keepall 45 "Edun" bag.

Edun is the fashion brand started in 2005 by Ali Hewson, Bono’s wife, that is ethical, organic, and, since last year, 49% owned by LVMH luxury brands, the parent company of Louis Vuitton.

During Paris Fashion Week, Edun and Louis Vuitton will unveil a temporary Art Exhibit, Africa Rising, an exhibition of contemporary African Art, alongwith Edun’s Spring collection and a showcase for the campaign.

The Louis Vuitton Keepall 45 Edun’s signature charm on the bag (also sold separately) was handcrafted in Kenya by the fair-trade jewellery label MADE. It is the French firm’s first made-in-Africa product.

All proceeds from sale of the LV Keepall 45 Edun bag, as well as the photo fees earned by Bono and Ali, will be donated to Technoserve and the Cotton Initiative. Pictures of some of the 800 organic cotton farmers who make up the Cotton Initiative are on the LVJourneys site along with Ali speaking about the underpinnings of the (organic) Cotton Initiative and how EDUN is a fashion line she created to support this.

Its presence in a Vuitton campaign gives Edun  — and its mission to eradicate poverty through sustainable enterprise in Africa — international exposure, said LV’s director of communications, Antoine Arnault.

Stella McCartney's Falabella Chain Strap It Bag. Always Eco-Friendly. Always kind to animals. Always Fashion Forward. Photo courtesy Stella McCartney.

The Stella McCartney Falabella

Stella McCartney, a life-long vegetarian, has always maintained that she will not use leather, animal skins, or fur in her designs.  This is the season, once again, of leather and fur but Stella’s faux-leather Falabella Bag, the season’s IT bag as far as celebrities such as Rihanna, J. Lo, and Kate Hudson are concerned, has that bred-in Rocker Chic without sacrificing one gram of Eco Ethics.

Rihanna heads to the Studio with her Falabella bag by Stella McCartney. Photo courtesy Handbagdujour.

With winter’s muted shades of camels and greys, the chain strap Stella McCartney Falabella Bag in snakeskin print goes with everything…and easily…from night to day.  McCartney has long been the leader in Eco Fashion, though she has never led with her green foot. Rather, her Fashion Forward sense has simply propelled her towards making superb calls on the world stage of  design and fashion that are aligned with her personal convictions. On her site, StellaMcCartney.com,  when you click on Green Me you will find quotes such as:

“The best thing you can do to help animals is to not eat or wear them. Let others know about the abuse that animals endure and ask them to say no to meat and leather too.” – Stella McCartney

Lancel'S BB Bag, inspired and co-designed by Brigitte Bardot. Bardot, a life-long animal rights defender, chose to use Eco-friendly and animal-friendly materials for her BB Bag by Lancel.

Lancel And Brigitte Bardot

Which brings us to LANCEL.  A revered leather goods and fashion icon brand in France and known the world over, their BB bag seduced not just the shores of St. Tropez this summer, but quickly became the must-have IT bag of fashionable, well-dressed women across the continents.

The Lancel BB bag was designed by (namesake) Brigitte Bardot who added personal touches to the bag such as the wide shoulder strap inspired by the guitar strap from when she strummed her strings on the famous Tropezienne shores between takes from the And God Created Woman film set back in the 50’s.

Using a different approach, luxury leather goods company, Lancel, did not do an all-out campaign promoting the Eco-ethics of its bag. But anyone who knows anything about Brigitte Bardot would quickly realize that a bag designed by one of the most vocal animal rights activists on the planet would necessarily be leather-free.

To simulate leather/ suede the bag’s rich dark chocolate incarnation is made from Alcantara, which looks every bit like suede and is soft and supple to the touch. In addition to the world of fashion, Alcantara is used in interior design features of yachts, and for interiors of the Maserati and Lamborghini.

Brigitte Bardot used her guitar strap as an inspiration for her BB Bag design. The Lancel BB Bag is Eco-Friendly and Cruelty Free.

The BB bag was designed to capture the feminine allure that Brigitte exuded as a film Goddess. The shape of the bag itself is reminiscent of a woman’s hourglass figure.  No animals were harmed in the creation of the bag, it is entirely cruelty-free.  A fact that hasn’t harmed the bag’s wildly popular success. Indeed, on a recent jaunt along the Champs Elysées, in Lancel’s flagship shop, the BB Bag in Beige is to be had only by special order!

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