Posted on February 07 2018
Katie Cappiello, Odley Jean (wearing our Equal Power tee), Henriette Ernst (wearing our Equal Power pin), Lola Blackman (wearing our Girl Power tee) and Yasmeen Hassan at the 2016 Equality Now Let's Make Equality Reality Gala.
February is also Black History Month, and for me, the notion of "Equal Power" stands for how us humans are all equal regardless of skin color, gender, nationality, beliefs and social status. At the end of the day, we're all from the same planet! Our Statement Pins are hand embroidered in India, and they all come in a delicate, ready-to-gift cotton pouch. Just the perfect Valentine's Day present!
I designed this piece in homage to Yasmeen Hassan and her team at Equality Now. Their work inspires me, and I wanted to design something meaningful, with a lot of research and study behind the process. Of course, all while bringing joy to the women that would wear it! Created by hand using a mix of different techniques, we wanted this design to translate the feeling that this silk shawl traveled through all cultures around the world. It took us three weeks of intense work until the design was just perfect and I was happy with the result. The Aquarelle Paisley Shawl is a true piece of art that includes a subtle, yet powerful message of gender equality and women empowerment.
We should all just believe in LOVE and in dreaming big with our loved ones. Everyone, especially us women, need to look beyond horizons and limitations. "Dream Big" also stands for making our dreams come true, such as gender equality being a reality for every woman and girl in this planet. This Statement Pin is so delicate and well done! It was ethically produced in an embroidery manufacture in India. It's a place I trust and worked with for many years, and they did a wonderful job on getting every statement pin perfectly made.