Given Bill de Blasio’s sweeping win over Nicole Malliotakis for NYC Mayor yesterday, we decided to take a look at where women stand in politics generally . . . yet again.  Do you know that for every chair occupied by a woman in the corporate C-suite, six are filled by a man?  Yet in the U.S. Federal Government, it’s 1 out of every 3?   It’s not perfect, but the gap is narrower.  The following charts women in government globally, broadly defined:

We’re pleased to see that women are gradually advancing to the highest levels of government, where they now represent 33.7 percent of the leaders known as senior executives according to the Washington Post.  But how does this improve to represent the ratio of men to women in the general population?   The 50×50 initiative has a plan. Globally, women make up 49.7% of the population but hold only 22% of public offices. The Women in Public Service Project Data Portal seeks to answer why this is so, and how to increase the percentage of women in public office to 50% by 2050.  Read more here.



We hope this trend of shopping small catches on.  Many thanks to American Express for all it does to support businesses like ours.  Please remember to support your community by shopping small / buying local as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year, particularly on Small Business Saturday, November 25th.  As you know, we have made a tremendous commitment to manufacturing locally and are certified Made in NYC and Made in NY.

We make the majority of our bags in the Navy Yard in Brooklyn, but do some manufacturing in NYC’s Garment District too.  Check out www.jlewbags.com/events to follow us as we pop up this holiday season throughout New York City . . . not just in Manhattan, but also Brooklyn and Queens.


Want to achieve the following?

Clarify your thoughts and feelings | Know yourself better | Reduce stress | Solve problems more effectively | Resolve disagreements with others

Then pick up a pen and paper and start journaling.  Really!  This week’s fitness tip relates to exercising your brain fully.  Scientific research supports that the act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.


Talk about flair . . . meet Ashley Caldwell, the youngest Olympian in the 2010 Winter Games. Ashley is a member of the US Ski Team, 2017 World Champ Aerials & 2x Olympian and graduate of SUNY-Empire State University.  She’s also the World Cup Overall Winner 2016.Our founder had the pleasure of meeting her in Times Square last week when the entire team visited for the 100 day countdown.  Our favorite line: “what mother tells her 12 year old child to try a sport where she back flips on skis 60 feet in the air?”  Welcome to the group of #GirlsWithGuts Ashley and Ashley’s mom!

We wish you the VERY BEST OF LUCK in PyeongChang.   See more here: