Dec 21

Featured Contributor: Mission Savvy

Mission Savvy pairs eco-fashion designs with pressing issues in animal welfare; through consumer activism, fashion is a campaign for animal protection worldwide.

collections are adventurous and chic. It is important to us that clients feel comfortable in their clothes and confident as worldly advocates. As a company, we maintain a commitment to sustainable production, free from poor labor laws and environmentally detrimental activities. Each of the five collections are designed to represent different issues in animal welfare through design where 5% of profits go to animal protection projects around the world.

they believe that as long as we make choices daily we might as well begin making better choices. All creatures are deserving of a life free of pain and suffering. It is our commitment to educating with honesty the truth behind the dark issues in animal welfare.

story In early 2008, Mission Savvy founder Jennifer Miller picked up her journal and began writing. Years of campaigning and documenting careless acts of animal neglect left her drained without much faith in the good of humanity. Jennifer’s journal exploded with scribbled notes, reflections on her travels and solutions for change. That day, in particular, she imagined a “what if” scenario where animal protection became part of mainstream lifestyles and everyday thinking. She explored the consequence of bringing these rather dark issues into the world; creatively, passively, kindly. Over the next several months her brainstorming amounted into the foundation of what Mission Savvy is today; a career, a promise and an avenue for creating passionate leaders.

Mission Savvy received it’s trademarked name in the Fall of 2009. 5% of profits generated by sales from Mission Savvy clothing collections are donated to a select group of animal welfare and conservation groups who work on the front lines of tough issues. Mission Savvy headquarters are located in Jennifer’s hometown of Charleston, West Virginia – a state that seeks to bring in “green” jobs while continuing to confront mountaintop removal as an unsustainable practice. Jennifer shares her home with two rescued parrots, Malcolm and Roxy, who both survived a dark journey through wildlife trade

Dec 20

Featured Designer: Cri De Coeur

Never before has being so eco-friendly been so stylish. Thanks to Cri de Coeur, a line of top-quality vegan shoes, ladies around the globe can create eco-luxe looks in no time flat. Pairing deftly with everything from cocktail dresses to skinny jeans, Cri de Coeur shoes embody effortless chic.

Founded in 2007 by Gina Ferraraccio, the collection channels everyday wearable looks with modern sophistication. Every pair is handmade with a meticulous attention to detail and an eye for design. Rich color combinations, supple vegan materials and seductive yet comfortable heel shapes are marks of the brand. Whether you’re headed for a girls’ night out, a boardroom meeting or a pulse-raising date, Cri de Coeur shoes will fit the bill.

Cri de Coeur is a French expression that translates literally to “cry from the heart.” To us, it symbolizes our heartfelt desire to change the face of the fashion footwear market. Cri de Coeur provides stylish, contemporary women’s footwear that is ethically produced from start to finish.

Dec 12

Featured Designer: Melie Bianco

Affordable Luxury. That’s the simple philosophy behind the Melie Bianco line. Founded in 2003 by Melissa and William, a husband and wife team, this wildly successful family-owned accessories company has always kept one thing in mind: bringing runway-inspired handbags to the everyday woman.

“I design bags to reflect the season’s trends, but within a budget of women like my sisters,” says Melissa who lives in Los Angeles, where her Melie Bianco line is headquartered. “Women—especially working women—want high-end handbags but at an affordable price.”

When she was a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Melissa became a master at pulling together chic ensembles on a shoestring budget. One thing she learned: a great accessory could carry nearly any outfit. It was the “A-ha!” moment that would later become her company’s mantra.

The small label began by garnering fans at local boutiques in LA. Word-of-mouth (and purse) grew to find devotees going crazy over stylish designs, top-notch construction and (the best part) prices that were a fraction of other handbags on the market. For handbag lovers shying away from animal-based products, Melie Bianco’s high-quality faux-leather materials were the perfect answer.

Today, Melie Bianco commands a large share of the market for vegan, budget-friendly fashion handbags. Melie Bianco’s designs have been spotted in major fashion magazines like Vogue,  Marie Claire, Glamour, Lucky, Instyle, Oprah, Cosmo Girl, Seventeen, Self, People, and Life & Style among others.