Femininity

Gigi Stoll is so incredibly modest, hard working, talented and cool we couldn’t help but share some of her work with you.  We had the absolute pleasure of meeting her last week and learning the story behind one of her photographs that was just featured in the NY Times in connection with the current Tattooed New York exhibit at the New York Historical Society.  Once she started sharing, we didn’t want her to stop . . . and learned about another amazing project with which she’s been involved, p.ink.  The concept of women helping women doesn’t get much better than this!  This fantastic organization connects tattoo artists with breast cancer survivors to provide a form of unmatched healing.  If nothing else, check out the pinterest board here.  Brava Gigi!

Post-masectomy tattoo design by the amazing Roxx for Diane on the first P.INK Day. Photo courtesy of Gigi Stoll using Leica M9. P.INK Day 2013 connected 10 artists and 10 breast cancer survivors to heal with ink at Saved Tattoo, Brooklyn.

Fashion

NPR asked it best: “When it comes to clothes these days, maybe you should ask: What’s your waste size?”  Why, you ask?   Because Fast Fashion . . . exploits overseas AND U.S. workers; contributes to the decline of U.S. manufacturing; is environmentally disastrous; can wind up costing you more than “real” clothes; changes how you think about clothes; tricks you into paying for the name; and distorts your sense of value.   Read more here.

We are so pleased to be in the company of online retail startups positioning themselves as durable and ethical alternatives to throwaway fads and hope customers understand and support the honorable intentions of companies like Zady, Cuyana, Of a Kind, Everlane, and The 30 Year Sweatshirt.

From the beginning we set out to create an investment piece.  We take tremendous pride in delivering bags handcrafted with exceptional quality and unmatched functionality . . . made right here in New York City.  JLEW Bags are built to last, just like the women who carry them.

Fitness

We can’t say enough positive things about this gutsy girl, Megan Densmore . . . she changed her life from painful to powerful completely naturally.   What does that mean exactly?   It’s true she has her own workout titled Zero to Hero, but we’re awestruck with how she’s been able to treat severe symptoms of fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, PCOS and other related conditions 100% naturally AND compete at the world championship level as an athlete.

Megan says, “Making your health a priority is key. Scale it to what works for you. I don’t condone massive, quick changes. I track my nutrition and am aware but I can’t be super strict as it doesn’t work. You can’t hear your body when you do a massive switch after all. Gradual changes help you understand what your body wants and needs.”  Read the full story here.

PC: Guest of a Guest | Megan Densmore shadowboxing at #GWG1

Flair

If we had to pick one iconic designer who inspires JLEW it’s Diane von Furstenberg, without hesitation; who/what else exemplifies “flair” better than Diane and the DVF wrap dress?  Colorful, authentic, bold, and timeless all characterize her design ethos in our opinion, which is wholly in sync with JLEW.  Beyond her passion for the brand, though, we love the philanthropic work she’s doing.  She founded the DVF Awards in 2010 with The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support extraordinary women who are dedicated to transforming the lives of other women; women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive, and the leadership to inspire.  She says, “I have never met a woman who is not strong” and we couldn’t agree more!  Learn more about her inspiration for the awards here.   Congratulations to this year’s nominees who most certainly qualify as #GirlsWithGuts: Chitra Aiyar, Kay Buck, Astrid Heppenstall Heger, M.D., and Louise Dube.