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Gifts That Give Back: Our Founder's Top 5 Valentine's Day Picks

Posted on February 07 2018

Gifts That Give Back: Our Founder's Top 5 Valentine's Day Picks
Valentine's Day is just a week away - but there's still time to give your loved ones (and yourself) the perfect present. Our Founder and Chief Creative Officer Henriette Ernst shares her top 5 ROUND + SQUARE gifts that give back.
30% of our sales profits go to Equality Now to support the advocacy of women and girls around the world.

1. Equal Power Statement Pin

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!

2. Let's Make Equality Reality Silk Bandana in Pink

Maria Bello wears our Let's Make Equality Reality Silk Bandana in Pink at Equality Now's 2016 Make Equality Reality Gala / Photo: Getty
This is my favorite bandana at the moment, and I wear it all the time (just so you know, I don't normally wear pink!) This particular pink is bright and it cheers me up. As a designer, color is one of my specialties. This is a very unique and powerful shade of pink. It works well all skin tones and ages - you'd be surprised! Our Let's Make Equality Reality silk bandana in pink is also very cheerful, with the power to uplift any outfit. All bandanas are 100% silk, printed and manufactured in Italy. The silk is from the highest, top-quality - a gift that will last forever.

3. Aquarelle Paisley Silk Shawl in Pink 

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.  


4. Dream Big Statement Pin

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.


5. Let's Make Equality Reality Cashmere Shawl in Navy

Henriette Ernst wears our Let's Make Equality Reality Cashmere Shawl in Navy with our Equal Power and Equality Now Logo Statement Pins
wear this shawl all the time - I get cold around my neck pretty easy! The Let's Make Equality Reality cashmere shawl is cozy, and it sends a powerful message in a fashionable way. The color combination of this piece makes the skin look young and radiant. It goes well with any outfit! We also proudly use the most modern and innovative print technique, "SAVEtheWater - Kitotex." This method reduces water use by 95%, and none of the plastic components used in conventional cashmere printing as stabilizers are utilized in this process. Made in Italy, this is the perfect, must-have, timeless investment piece that can upgrade any wardrobe.