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An L.A. Girl's Guide to Sedona

Posted by RD on 11/3/2017 to Community
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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
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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? 


Can we fix the weather?

Posted by DD on 9/5/2017 to Community
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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?

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? 


Six Things You Can Do Today to Help Fight Climate Change

Posted by RD on 6/2/2017 to Community

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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.



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

Posted by RD on 3/15/2017 to Community
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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

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.


#VoteOurPlanet

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: bit.ly/2bwndab

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

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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.

Fashion for a Just Cause?

Posted by DD on 5/1/2016 to Community
Photo: Katie Pruett of Fashion Just Case 

Fashion is increasingly being viewed as an immense waste of natural resources, with an environmental footprint large enough to doom the planet for eternity within just a few, short years. The consumer's voracious desire for cheap "fast fashion" has created an industry not healthy for children, the planet and most other living things. The good news is there are fashion pioneers working hard to balance the equation. These are mostly small companies, like our own, intentionally creating quality products, not only built to last, but also built with great consideration of our natural resources, respect for the people actually making them and our environment. The problem is finding them. In a fashion world run by mega corporations with mega dollars to spend on advertising and PR, these small startups can get lost. Their only hope for survival is the ever increasing array of conscious magazines and fashion bloggers willing to do the research to find these small, ethical brands and share them with their own conscious audiences. While even the large, mainstream publications are beginning to occasionally feature a page devoted to sustainability (usually around Earth Day), the burden of saving the planet falls on the shoulders of those pioneering mavericks set out to make a difference. 

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. 

Investing in our Future through the Rainforest Trust

Posted by RD on 1/12/2016 to Community
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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.

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.

The Reasons Why We Don't Use Leather in Our Belt Bags

Posted by DD on 7/8/2014 to Community

Materials & Sustainability


Sometimes I feel hopeless about our ability as human beings to stop, let alone reverse, global warming or “climate change.” How we have failed to honor our sacred stewardship of the earth is well depicted in this animated short called Man (2012) by Steve Cutts. Even if you've already seen it, it's worth watching againDo we really need a “higher life form” to step in to save the planet from ourselves?

Just when I started thinking we actually might, a surprising number of people began inquiring about the eco-friendly, cruelty-free aspects of our belt bags / fanny packs. They were curious as to why we choose to use vegan leather instead of “real” leather and wanted to know which was better for the environment. Even though we are a small company, we have access to the same suppliers as most of the major designers...not to mention, most of the vegan leathers we source are actually more expensive than real leather or animal hides. So, why do we choose to use vegan leather?

10 Small Changes

Posted by RD on 6/8/2013 to Environment

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Environment, Eco-friendly, Lifestyle Changes
Source: Iletaitunefois.com.au

The world is a beautiful place, yet the current state of our environment is alarming.

Meat Free Monday: Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta

Posted by RD on 8/6/2012 to Community

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Today’s Meat Free Monday menu is adapted from the Healthful Pursuit’s Leanne Vogel. Her Raw Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta can be made completely raw or lightly warmed in a sautee pan, as we did at home. This recipe proves that healthful vegan eating can be just as decadent, rich, and flavorful as even traditional Italian fare, without all the refined carbohydrates. This version also has tons of fresh, nutrient and enzyme rich vegetables, protein, and fiber.
Whether you are on a cleanse or are looking for a summery light, yet savory option to add in your dinner rotation, this one will do the trick. It gave us the comforting, home made Italian fix we were craving, made completely with nutrient dense whole foods.