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How it's Made: How Pinatex Turns Pineapples into a Sustainable Leather Alternative

Posted by Admin on 10/4/2017 to Community
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Classic belt bag in Pinatex, hfscollective.com

I don't think we have ever been as excited to launch a collection as we are now with the launch of our new Piñatex Collection. Maybe that's because we have waited almost two years to get our hands on this innovative material that is still being made in relatively small runs across the pond-- or it could be because we are one of the very first American brands to be using it--or maybe because it is the most sustainable material we have ever used. So, what exactly is Piñatex? and what's all the buzz about? 


The Fanny Pack Revolution

Posted by RD on 8/4/2017 to Community

We believe in hands free happiness, the joy of less, ethical manufacturing, innovative materials that don't harm the planet or contribute to climate change, and knowing exactly who made our bags and where. So excited to show you our newest video taken behind the scenes of our latest lookbook photoshoot. 

The song is "sit still" by one of our new favorite artists, mossy. 
Check out more of his songs on his soundcloud here


Our Most Sustainable Belt Bags Ever

Posted by RD on 7/13/2017 to Community
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We are so excited to launch the second part of our Sustainable Vintage Collection. These convertible belt bags are our most sustainable bags ever and as always, are completely vegan and made locally and sustainably in Los Angeles. What exactly makes a bag sustainable? 


Our Co-Founders Share Their Love of the Fanny Pack, Upcycling, and the New, Sustainable Vintage Collection

Posted by RD on 4/11/2017 to Community

Meet co-founders and mother-daughter team Debra and Rachel as they share their love of the fanny pack, why upcycling matters & a behind-the-scenes peek of shooting their newest line of belt bags, the Sustainable Vintage Collection.




Upcycled: Behind the Scenes of our New Sustainable, Vintage Collection

Posted by RD on 3/15/2017 to Community
HFS - Mind's Eye Embroidered Belt Bag - Upcycled, Vintage Denim

So excited to announce the launch of our new, sustainable vintage collection! Our most sustainable belt bags yet, these babies are made with 100% upcycled, vintage denim and organic cotton lining, and of course, they're made locally right here in Los Angeles. What's upcycling and why does it matter? Well, let's talk facts. 


Recap: Love Goodly's Sustainable Beauty and Fashion Conference

Posted by DD on 12/6/2016 to Community
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Megan Sette of M Collaborative, Hali Borenstein of Reformation, Bianca Moran of Susi Studio, and Debra Denniston of Hipsters for Sisters 
on the Sustainable Fashion Panel at Love Goodly's Do Good Be Green Conference*

People are finally starting to “get it” and not a moment too soon. Statistics show that 64% of Americans understand that human activity is causing climate change and are concerned. Climate change is not only real, but is happening faster than scientists originally thought possible, with devastating results that are already affecting many of us. Some scientists even believe that we are already beyond the point of no return and what we need now is immediate action to salvage what we can and reduce green house gases right now. Unfortunately, the United States is a major polluter of our environment and that doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon. Although “many people” are expressing hope in tenuous reports that Ivanka Trump has taken interest in climate change (Thanks, Leo), the President-Elect, himself, continues to choose people for his cabinet who are card-carrying members of the Climate Change Deniers Club. In fact, Reince Priebus has told reporters that climate denial will be the official policy of Trump’s administration and the Koch brothers, and Big oil are already shaping Trump’s climate-denying environmental agenda. So, what can we, as individuals, do

Celebrity Style: Elizabeth Banks in our Black Pocket Bum Bag!

Posted by RD on 11/16/2016 to Community
Elizabeth Banks in HFS bum bag

Yay! We just adore Elizabeth Banks and how much she loves her Hipsters for Sisters belt bag. Here she is exploring Copacabana beach in her HFS Black Pocket Bum Bag.




Shop HFS at The Springs!

Posted by RD on 11/15/2016 to Community
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Mother-daughter co-founders, Debra and Rachel Denniston, with their belt bags at the Springs LA Holiday Pop-Up

Our belt bags are now available at The Springs in downtown Los Angeles! Check us out in the retail section, as part of M. Dot Design's holiday pop-up! Our belt bags will be there thru February 2016.

Learn more about the Springs.


Organization We Support: Mercy for Animals

Posted by on 10/6/2016 to Community

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Hipsters for Sisters founders Debra and Rachel Denniston at the Mercy for Animals Gala 



"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." – Thomas A. Edison, inventor and scientist


As you may know, we donate 5% of the purchase price of every belt bag sold online to organizations that either help empower women, protect animals or save the planet. This month we are adding a new organization, Mercy for Animals, to the mix of organizations we support. Mercy For Animals (MFA) is an international, non-profit organization, founded in 1999, dedicated to the prevention of cruel and inhumane treatment of farm animals. Their mission, as described on their website, states: “We are committed to reducing the greatest amount of suffering for the largest number of animals. Our efforts focus on protecting farmed animals—the most abused and exploited animals on the planet—and utilize a broad range of strategic approaches that seek to expose cruelty, prosecute abusers, and inspire consumers to make compassionate food choices.” MFA believes, as we do, that a non-violent, humane society is not only possible, but as Thomas A. Edison pointed out almost 100 years ago, it is necessary for our own evolution.

Celeb Street Style: Elizabeth Banks Wears Hipsters for Sisters

Posted by RD on 6/7/2016 to Community

ONE BAG, ONE ACRE

Posted by RD on 4/19/2016 to Community
Hipsters for Sisters x Rainforest Trust 

"Every minute, a forested area the size of five football fields is cleared on the island to make way for paper, rubber and palm oil plantations."

Rainforests are perhaps the most important natural resource on Earth. They safely store billions of tons of carbon annually, helping to keep the earth’s atmosphere in balance and warding off climate change-- an estimated 30% of our carbon emissions currently come from the burning of our rainforests. As if that wasn't enough, the rainforest is our single most important, untapped resource for scientific and medical discoveries and home to thousands of unique animals that depend on it for survival. 

Farm Sanctuary Pop-Up

Posted by RD on 3/20/2016 to Community
Hipsters for Sisters West Hollywood Pop Up


Thank you so much to everyone who joined us this weekend at our West Hollywood pop-up benefiting Farm Sanctuary! This weekend was a great success! Stay tuned for news on more pop-ups coming this summer! 


Investing in our Future through the Rainforest Trust

Posted by RD on 1/12/2016 to Community
Sustainable Fashion - Rainforest Trust
Borneo rainforest in Danum valley, Sabah [Credit: Frans Lanting/ Frans Lanting/Corbis] 


As a company, our primary mission is to liberate women from their baggage. However, the way we seek to achieve this mission is just as important as the mission itself.  As independent entrepreneurs, our company is the truest reflection of our values, our dreams, and our raison d'être.  Sustainability, based on our love for the earth and all of its animals, has always been a major part of our company DNA. This is why we choose to only use materials that are people, animal and planet friendly in our designs, and choose to produce them locally, only a few miles from our office in Los Angeles. However, after watching the documentary Racing Extinction (if you haven't seen it yet, go! now!), we realized just how truly in peril the health of our planet (and all of its inhabitants) really is. The scariest part? We humans are to blame.

Fall is here!

Posted by Admin on 9/21/2015 to Community


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Well, it looks like the weather is finally beginning to catch up with our collective need for a change of “seasonry.” I hear that we (fingers crossed) may even get some desperately needed rain here in Southern California! To welcome (and encourage) this change we’d like to officially introduce you to our three new belt bags for fall!


Plant Pure Nation

Posted by D.D. on 6/30/2015 to Community
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A new documentary, Plant Pure Nation, opens nationwide on the Fourth of July and explores the question "What kind of a politician puts his or her career above the health and well-being of the people they represent?" The answer? Those whose careers are funded by one of the most powerful and earth destroying lobbyists in the nation.

Interview with "It Girl" Paulien Riemis

Posted by DD on 2/25/2015 to Community
Paulien Riemis Hipsters for Sisters Interview


We've been following fashion blogger and model Paulien Riemis for some time now, and she still remains one of our favorite fashion "It Girls." Her style (which she describes as "tomboy elegant with a playful French/Scandi touch") resonates clearly with what we envision as our own. Get to know Paulien by reading our recent interview with her. You will love her as much as we do!


STYLE WATCH: Interview with Fashion Blogger Beth Jones of B. Jones Style

Posted by RD on 12/18/2014 to Community
Beth Jones of B. Jones Style

As part of our Thursday Style Watch series, today we talk with fashion blogger Beth Jones of B. Jones StyleA self-proclaimed thrift and vintage junkie, Beth is truly a girl after our own heart. With a particular lust for life that's nothing short of contagious, Beth breathes excitement into everything she does and the results are wildly inspiring. 




Style Spotlight: Convertible Belt Bags for a Hands-free Holiday!

Posted by RD on 12/15/2014 to Community
Convertible Wallets
Introducing our favorite holiday gift this season, the new convertible wallets! Their versatility (wear as a wallet, belt bag or crossbody bag) makes them the perfect gift for just about anyone. Better yet, these wallets are designed with a secret sleeve which is roomy enough to store any phone including the I Phone 6+, leaving room for other essentials like your cards/cash, keys, and lipstick in the main zip compartment.


STYLE WATCH: Interview with Fashion Blogger Stephanie Liu of Honey & Silk

Posted by RD on 12/11/2014 to Community
Fanny Pack / Honey & Silk

Today, we get up close and personal with fashion blogger Stephanie Liu of Honey & Silk as part of our Thursday Style Watch blog series. Join us as she shares with us her style secrets, blogging tips, and favorite local L.A. hot spots.


See you Sunday, LA!

Posted by RD on 11/19/2014 to Community
Artisan Bazaar
Come see us this Sunday at the Costume Designers Guild Annual Artisan Bazaar! We'll be offering up to 60% off current stock and even new holiday styles! 

Come by and say hi. We'd love to see you there! 


Style Spotlight: Indigo & Silver Flat Belt Bags for the Holidays

Posted by RD on 11/18/2014 to Community
Silver Flat Crossbody Bag

Today, we wanted to show some love to two of our new fall favorites, the Indigo and Silver Flat belt bags. These belt bags exemplify what we love most about dressing for the holidays: bright and shiny metallics, and texture, texture, texture! 




STYLE WATCH: Interview with Fashion Blogger Angela Fink of The Fashion Sight

Posted by RD on 11/13/2014 to Community
Angela Fink of The Fashion Sight w/ Indigo Bum Bag

So excited to introduce our new, Hipsters for Sisters blog series called Style Watch, where every Thursday we'll talk with one of our favorite fashion bloggers to get to know just a bit more about them, their style secrets, and offer a glimpse into the glamorous life of a fashion blogger. Today, we begin the first in our series with one of our all time favorites, Angela Fink of The Fashion Sight



Style Spotlight: New Pony Pocket Bum Bag

Posted by Administrator on 10/29/2014 to Community
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How cute are our new Pocket Bum Bags? Slightly larger than the Wallet, our new pocket bum bags really pack a punch when it comes to functionality. Stash your phone in the large, front exterior pocket for easy access and place smaller items like cards and cash in the interior pocket inside the bag. It's no secret our new design is extra roomy. It not only fits the essentials: cards/cash, phone, keys, but you'll also have room for that extra lip stain, and maybe even a pair of socks for yoga class. But it doesn't stop there! Our bum bags are easier to use than ever: Just zip to close, hook the belt and go! 

Here, we wanted to give you a closer look at one of our new all-stars: the Pony Pocket bum bag

The Indigo Flat Belt Bag in Vegetarian Times Magazine!

Posted by RD on 9/22/2014 to Community
Crueltyfree Carryalls in Vegetarian Times


So excited to see our new, Indigo Blue Flat Belt Bag made it to the pages of Vegetarian Times Magazine! Thanks Ashlee Piper of The Little Foxes for featuring us in your favorite picks of cruelty-free carryalls for fall! 


Interview on Racked LA!

Posted by Administrator on 9/12/2014 to Community
Hipsters for Sisters on Racked LA!


Racked LA editor Danielle Directo-Meston interviews Hipsters for Sisters co-founder Rachel Denniston on how they got started, who and/or what inspires them, and what we can expect from them in the future.

Read the full article here: