Whenever possible, I like to shed some light on companies that are doing positive things for the world. It's entirely possible to combine humanitarian efforts through stylish, modern, and artistic outlets. The International Princess Project is one of those companies. What they aim to accomplish is freedom and confidence amongst women who have escaped the sex trade in India. Most of these girls and women have never been given the opportunity to feel like real human beings, and have suffered unimaginable abuses. The purchase of the Princess Project goods ensure rescue efforts, and allow the project to continue. After developing several sewing centers in India, the progress has been very successful. It's the sort of thing I'd like to see continue to grow.
Supporting this company not only ensures the continuity of their project, but also allows women to find a place in a safe community, and earn a fair wage. Many of these women are branded as damaged, unwelcome back into their families, and unable to make their way in life even after their escape from trafficking. The International Princess Project is doing their part in bringing awareness from East to West, towards a very real and very common issue. A human is a human, no matter the location.
Each one of the punjammies are made with Indian fabrics. Beautiful and beneficial.
I had the pleasure of taking a look around the sunny studio of SUMMER BUMMER on Venice Beach, where Alexandra Cassaniti makes some pretty awesome functional sportswear, as well as bags and sporting goods. The company began in New York City where Alex lived six years ago, and came to true fruition upon her move to Los Angeles. When I asked her why she moved to LA, she said simply, "I'm a surfer." Being a sporty woman, it was her intention to create a line that was both attractive as well as functional for active living.