Entries Tagged as 'Culture'

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The Story of Cosmetics, from Annie Leonard + SafeCosmetics.org

How crazy is it that current FDA laws concerning personal care products haven’t changed since 1938? Apparently cosmetics companies aren’t required to meet any standards or regulations with their products. Crazy. But there’s good news! Annie Leonard from The Story of Stuff has narrated this excellent video to educate us about what the heck we’re [...]

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Join me in standing up for Bangladeshi garment workers

“It is shameful that we allow the people who make our clothes to live in extreme poverty.” My friend Mary at Social Alterations (in the pic above) is running a really inspired campaign right now that I am excited to help support. The background: As you’ve probably heard, Bangladeshi garment workers have been on strike [...]

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Summer loving: Saint James sailor shirts

Because I don’t have much of a shopping budget lately, I’m taking in more “inspiration” than “new things.” Right now I’m so inspired by these classic Saint James sailor shirts. I’ve admired this shirt style since it came out at American Apparel earlier this year — until I figured out that AA was just copying a [...]

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Interview with Bright Young Things designer Eliza Starbuck

After helping announce the launch of Bright Young Things earlier this month, I got to catch up with designer Eliza Starbuck for a quick email interview about how her fashion label is doing things its own way. FLP: I read on your blog that at the time you met Sheena of The Uniform Project, you [...]

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Exclusive 15% off on Lalesso’s African-made dresses and jumpers!

Lalesso’s Spring Summer 2010 collection is as sweet as it is socially friendly. And with code “fashion loves people,” you can get 15% off in the Lalesso online store from now through June 30! In addition to dresses, this summer’s styles include two jumpers, two bikinis and even ballet flats. (The Mbari Playsuit, above, is [...]

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Sex and the City 2′s vintage wardrobe

How good is Pamela at Market Publique? I knew SATC wardrober Patricia Fields had a penchant for vintage, but Pamela’s post on how much vintage appeared throughout SATC2 really impressed me. Imagine all the hunting it took to find the right pieces for not one, but four looks, at a time. Check out all these [...]

Friday, June 18th, 2010

One of ethical fashion’s best concepts yet: Eliza Starbuck’s Ultimate LBD

Remember The Uniform Project? To raise money and awareness for the Akanksha Foundation, Sheena Matheiken wore the same little black dress every day for 365 days, styled as creatively as imaginable and photographed daily. Today, the designer of that little black dress is doing something truly disruptive in the fashion industry: Eliza Starbuck is releasing her [...]

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

FLP tees on the cover of KC Magazine!

Look familiar? The artwork from our our shirts made the cover of KC Magazine’s style issue this May! I just got my hands on the PDFs. For those of you just visiting the site for the first time, welcome, and I hope you’ll come back often. My goal is to help us all shop smarter [...]

Sunday, March 14th, 2010


I love the diversity that is SXSWi! In addition to promoting Storenvy like crazy, I’ve gotten to meet up on the side with some awesome fashion blogger friends, new and old. I just met the founder of the lovely new site Fashism.com, which I think you guys might really like. At Fashism, users can upload pictures [...]

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Suno, Fall 2010

So much print-on-print! It’s perfect. Suno, which launched two years ago with the impetus of bolstering Kenya’s manufacturing industry (and which I first wrote about here), seems to have made an especially big splash at NYFW with its newest collection. Style.com wrote, “Of course, along with a major buzz comes major pressure—but Suno’s confident and spirited [...]

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The powerful consumer

I just (finally) watched Food, Inc. for the first time. Besides providing a continued education on where our food comes from, it reminded me of what a moral obligation I believe we all have to be good and thoughtful stewards of the things we consume. If you haven’t seen this film yet, do! I watched [...]

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Patterns + Looms

I think I’ve answered my own question as to why so many cultures around the world have their own different-yet-similar geometric patterns. Looms! The similarity among patterns would come from all cultures having the same design challenge: There’s only so much you can do with line patterns, as in weaving or with a knitting pattern. Right? [...]

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Hope for Haiti: Artist tees benefit earthquake relief

Over at Storenvy, we’ve spent the last 10 days or so working on a t-shirt design collaboration to benefit earthquake relief in Haiti. Designers from the community donated designs, and the community voted on their favorites. Based on all the support we got in the voting, we decided to print nine tee designs that are [...]

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


I just learned via Facebook that my friend Natasha was in Haiti when the earthquake hit. Hearing about the country’s heart-wrenching news has been sickeningly sad, but it wasn’t until I heard about Tasha being there that it really felt heavy. Thankfully, I hear she is fine. But I am humbled. Jon and I donated today [...]

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Inspired by: Geometry + culture

I’m all about geometric designs right now. A year ago I was assigned a story for a local magazine about a local rug shop that specializes in semi-antique hand-knotted rugs, like this: I learned that hand-knotted rugs are so special because they don’t have a pile, which means they don’t wear down like traditional synthetic [...]

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Thoughts on this week’s H&M debacle

This was kind of a big week for ethical fashion news. The New York Times outed H&M for intentionally destroying and discarding unsold merchandise at a New York store, to which the brand responded with a statement saying they would make sure it wouldn’t happen again. And amidst it all, H&M launched a spring line [...]

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Built By Wendy: That’s how she rolls

I love ponchos, and I love belts-through-slots that make baggy things look fitted, and I love trench coats, and I love Built by Wendy. So obviously I love this piece of outerwear. But you would never guess the coolest part about it — Wendy designed it in collaboration with 1800wheelchair as a coat that is easier [...]

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

FLP at Pecha Kucha Kansas City Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow night I’ll be diving into “the art of conversation” at Pecha Kucha Night, an awesome concept that invites creative people on stage to talk about anything they choose for 6:40 at a time — 20 slides at 20 seconds each. About 200 cities around the world host their own local events. I went to [...]

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Why I’m Over American Apparel

It’s taken me ages to finally post about this. But I’ve been feeling compelled to share my “evolved” feelings toward American Apparel — and they’re not so good anymore. Yes, I’ve posted about the company a fair amount here, and yes, I own a fair amount of the brand’s pieces. But no longer can I [...]

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

John Gerzema on Conscientious Consumption at TEDxKC

A few weeks ago I attended my first TED event — but before you assume I dropped a couple thou on a conference, this one was right here in Kansas City and FREE. And totally awesome and inspiring. John Gerzema, author of The Brand Bubble and CIO at Young & Rubicam, kicked off the TEDxKC event of [...]