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5 THINGS: Maike Lüdenbach & LÖV the Label

Posted by RD on 3/7/2018 to Community
Maike Lüdenbach of LÖV sustainable underwear line

We’re so excited to share with you our latest interview in our 5 Things series where we chat with Maike Lüdenbach, founder of ethical and sustainable underwear line LÖV the label. Here we talk about how she got started, the importance of inclusivity and conscious production, growing up in Spain, and finding inspiration in friendships, real women, and the magical world of self care. 

5 THINGS w/ Celebrity Stylist and GALERIE.LA Founder Dechel Mckillian

Posted by RD on 12/13/2017 to Community
Celebrity stylist Dechel Mckillian of Galerie.LA

Today marks the first of our new blog series called 5 THINGS, where we talk with female leaders doing cool things. The first in our series is Dechel Mckillian, a celebrity stylist originally from Los Angeles whose clients include Drake, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, and Lionel Richie. After traveling the world with music artists like the Black Eyed Peas and Lil Wayne, Dechel saw firsthand the negative impact fashion has on our people and planet. Dechel brings over a decade of fashion industry experience to GALERIE.LA and has worked with the world’s biggest retailers including GOOP, Clare V, Steven Alan and TopShop.

Realizing the gap between sustainable fashion and her experiences in lifestyle and entertainment, she launched GALERIE.LA to present a tightly curated selection of brands with a shared philosophy. Dechel founded GALERIE.LA with the mission to bring socially conscious fashion to the masses.

Dechel is passionate about linking cutting-edge movements in urban culture, entertainment and music with the possibilities of sustainable design and fashion.

Gifts We Love

Posted by RD on 12/7/2017 to Community
Gift Guide

The holidays are one of our favorite times to support fellow sustainable and conscious-minded makers and artisans whose products we love. Here. Debra and I have chosen the twelve items on our wish list this year.

Getting Grounded: A Day of Magic at Mercado Sagrado

Posted by RD on 11/29/2017 to Community
Mercado Sagrado 2017 on Paramount Ranch

Even as a native Angeleno, Los Angeles continually surprises me. For a city that gets a bad reputation for being superficial, you'd be surprised to find that L.A. has a lot of depth hidden beneath the surface. There is no better example of this than the annual Mercado Sagrado, a two-day event (Nov. 4th + 5th) quietly tucked away in hills of Malibu Canyon that offers an array of workshops, lectures, and activities intended to inspire grounding, creativity, self work, and community. Workshops include everything from learning how to grow your own food, read tarot cards, tie dye with indigo, and activities like sound baths, breath work and meditation, and a kava ceremony. With speakers like Shiva Rose, Josh Siegel, and Olympia Auset, you can learn about love and numerology, biohacking, holistic living, clean beauty, and the intersection of spirituality and social justice. With so much going on, you hardly have time to explore all of the many unique and like-minded vendors in their marketplace.

An L.A. Girl's Guide to Sedona

Posted by RD on 11/3/2017 to Community
guide to sedona

Sedona is one of my favorite places on earth. My family goes twice a year and I'm lucky if I can make it with them once every three years. As a family, we've been going to Sedona for as long as I can remember. When I was little I used to wade through Oak Creek and watch, mesmerized by the life underwater, studying carefully the fish, tadpoles, and algae existing together in harmony, in between hopping on big red boulders placed carefully on the creek like little islands. I remember there was nothing as lovely as drying off in the sun on top of one of these warm, sun-soaked red rocks after coming up from the water.

I'm older now, yet my love for Sedona still remains. It's one of those places where time seems to stand still. In Sedona, everything is easy and life is peaceful, not to mention there's no escaping from the awe-inspiring beauty of its land, which, if you choose to remove your focus from even one second, makes itself known in other ways. The town itself is about as touristy as it gets, but with everything from cactus shot glasses to red rock jeep tours, to aura photos and crystal healing, it's well worth exploring for an afternoon. 

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

Posted by Admin on 10/4/2017 to Community
Pinatex - HFS Collective
Classic belt bag in Pinatex,

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? 

Can we fix the weather?

Posted by DD on 9/5/2017 to Community
hurricane irma

It seems that half of the United States is on fire while the other half is under water. Concerned enough to do something about it yet? I am. Severe droughts, heat waves, and horrendous brush fires in the West and Northwest, monster storms across the Midwest and hurricanes in the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean are all causing historic damage to human lives and property. With so much recent talk about climate change and our long-term impact on the planet, this has us wondering-- could climate change be affecting us now, too?

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
sustainable belt bags

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? 

Six Things You Can Do Today to Help Fight Climate Change

Posted by RD on 6/2/2017 to Community


In light of the recent news regarding President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, we decided it was time we take things into our own hands as citizens and stewards of our planet. No matter what our country does on a governmental level, we have the power, ourselves, to create the world we want to live in-- and that's by making choices that will help us get there. We must continue to fight for our rights and those of our planet. Here, we've rounded up six easy and effective things you can do today to help fight climate change.

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.

Fashion & The F Word

Posted by RD on 3/27/2017 to Community
Feminism + Fanny Packs: How Women's Liberation Movement has influenced fashion throughout history

Back when we first started HFS, most people still viewed "feminism" as the second of three "F" words that one didn't say in polite company. You undoubtedly know the first, but may still be wondering about the third. In case you are, it's "fanny pack."  Rebels that we were, we incorporated two out of three into our company DNA. From our inception, it has been our mission to liberate women from their baggage, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Maybe what Magritte said is true, "sometimes a pipe is just a pipe," but more often than not, a purse is not just a purse. For many women, it symbolizes a container to hold their missing pieces: full rosy lips, flawless skin, perfect hair, manicured nails, odorless armpits...etc. Well, it's always been our motto that if a man can get through the day with only the contents of his pockets, so can we.

A mere, five short years later, and all three of these "F" words roll off the tongues of the most proper young women without a flinch. In fact, feminism has never been more popular of a word than it is now. Beyonce sang in front of it (2014 Music Video Awards), Alicia Keys renounced makeup in the name of it, and Jennifer Lawrence fought for it when she very publicly demanded pay equal to that of her male co-star. Feminism-- the belief that men and women should have equal rights and pay-- is something we, women, have fought for for centuries and are still in the process of working towards. If fashion is a means of personal expression, how have we, women, used it in the past to propel our movement forward in our hard-fought and centuries-long struggle for fundamental rights? Here's a look at how the various waves of the women's liberation movement has influenced women's fashion throughout history. 

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. 

We Love DB <3

Posted by RD on 2/1/2017 to Community

Drew Barrymore is a girl after our own heart. Here she is on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon expressing her undying love for fanny packs. We feel ya, Drew. 

Recap: Love Goodly's Sustainable Beauty and Fashion Conference

Posted by DD on 12/6/2016 to Community
Do Good Be Green
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

Why I Finally Broke Up with My Oversized Handbag

Posted by RD on 12/6/2016 to Community

Rachel Denniston of Hipsters for Sisters

As early as I can remember, I’ve had an inexplicable love for purses. As soon as I could manipulate scissors, my tiny, toddler self would construct them out of paper and a bottle of Elmer’s glue. Like intricate works of amateur origami, my paper creations weren’t actually strong enough to hold anything, but it didn’t matter because, at that age, I had nothing important to keep inside them anyway. All that mattered was that they were mine and they were beautiful.

My love for purses only continued as I grew older.

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
HFS at The Springs
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.

Let's Talk About Sex

Posted by on 11/2/2016 to Community
Pretty Woman
Still from Pretty Woman, Touchstone Pictures (sourced here)

One of our central missions at Hipsters for Sisters has always been to help empower and liberate women. Yes, this mission encompasses the physical liberation from the bulk and weight of the traditional handbag through our belt bags, but it goes much further than that. We also aim to help liberate women from the mental and emotion baggage imposed on us by our culture. 

As a woman, regardless of your politics, there is a silver lining to this horribly divisive presidential election: the underlying sexism inherent our culture has finally been brought to the surface and is being discussed in a serious manner. 


Posted by RD on 10/20/2016 to Community

Patagonia -- 2016 Election, Vote Our Planet

With the presidential debate at the forefront of everybody's minds, it's easy to forget about anything besides who's to become our next President. But did you know there are a number of props out there that have the potential to do a lot of good for our planet? Our friends at Patagonia have created a helpful guide based on city for how each of us can use our voice and #VoteOurPlanet on issues of air, water, and soil this Election Day on Nov. 8th. 

Learn more on Patagonia's website here:

At HFS, sustainability and the protection of our planet is extremely important to us. We want to leave the earth more beautiful and with less waste than we found it, so we use only the most innovative recycled textiles and eco-friendly certified fabrics for our belt bags.

Read more about our commitment to sustainability.

Organization We Support: Mercy for Animals

Posted by on 10/6/2016 to Community


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.

Hipsters for Sisters on Stylight!

Posted by RD on 9/25/2016 to Community
Hipsters for Sisters on Stylight

Hipsters for Sisters was featured on Stylight

Read the full article here


Posted by RD on 8/10/2016 to Community
Trois Formes, 1960 by Jean Arp

"Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies of those around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence." 

In the internet age, it's so easy to get caught up in passively consuming information fed to you (we're looking at you Facebook). Remember that you are the creator of your existence and reality. Choose to fill your life with only exactly what you want. 

Photo: "Trois Formes," 1960 by Jean (Hans) Arp 

Style Spotlight: Pocket Bum Bag in Saddle

Posted by RD on 8/8/2016 to Community
Bum Bag in Saddle

Introducing our new Pocket Bum Bag in Saddle. We're so excited to bring you our best-selling bum bag in two new colors for Fall. If we had to recommend one bag for someone who's new to our line and wants to dip their toes in the proverbial HFS pool, we'd definitely choose this bag (also comes in Black, and now Olive!). Why do we love this bag so much? 

Celeb Street Style: Elizabeth Banks Wears Hipsters for Sisters

Posted by RD on 6/7/2016 to Community