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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. 


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.




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. 

Quiet

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 



Celeb Street Style: Elizabeth Banks Wears Hipsters for Sisters

Posted by RD on 6/7/2016 to Community

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. 

One in Four

Posted by DD on 10/27/2015 to Community
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Did you know that ONE in FOUR women have suffered physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner? That’s 25 out of 100 women you know...

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.

Summer Festival Guide 2015

Posted by RD on 4/21/2015 to Fashion
Coachella Festival Style

Music festival season is officially here! While Coachella came to an end last weekend, there are still a number of worthwhile festivals to attend this summer! Here are a few we've got on our radar.  


HFS Sponsors Kinzie Elementary for the KCF All-Girls Chess Tournament

Posted by DD on 4/15/2015 to Community


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Photos from 2014 Tournament by Jorge Barrera


The 12th Annual KCF All-Girls National Chess Championships are being held this weekend. The best news is that 345 girls have already registered for this event, breaking last years previous record high of 322! Why care? Because chess, more than almost any other activity, teaches higher level thinking skills, such as the ability to visualize, analyze, and think critically. And that’s a set of skills we want every girl to own.

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!


Let's See Jane Achieve Equality in the Media

Posted by DD on 1/15/2015 to Community

One of our central missions at Hipsters for Sisters is to help empower and liberate women. Yes, this mission encompasses the physical liberation from the bulk and weight of the traditional handbag, 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.

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 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.


STYLE WATCH: Interview with Fashion Blogger Marta Pozzan of It's Super Fashion

Posted by RD on 11/27/2014 to Community

Marta Pozzan / Belt Bag

As part of our Thursday Style Watch series, today we talk to Marta Pozzan of It's Super Fashion to find out a little bit about her, her favorite, local L.A. haunts, and just what's inside her Hipsters for Sisters belt bag.



STYLE WATCH: Interview with Fashion Blogger Linh Winn

Posted by RD on 11/20/2014 to Community
White Belt Bag / Fashion Blogger Linh Winn

As part of our Thursday Style Watch series, today we talk with fashion blogger Linh Winn to find out a little bit more about her, her favorite L.A. haunts, and just what's inside her Hipsters for Sisters belt bag.


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



Monday Mantra: Sylvia Plath on Creativity

Posted by RD on 7/7/2014 to Women
Sylvia Plath on Creativity

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." -Sylvia Plath

Real Talk: Ditching My Purse Freed My Spirit

Posted by Administrator on 7/7/2014 to Community
Ditching My Purse Freed My Spirit

Photo: Blogger Jessie Chanes of Seams for a Desire

Recently, at dinner with my boyfriend and some female friends, I announced, somewhat dramatically, that I’d begun phasing out bags. Yes, I told the table, lately, more often than not, I just tuck my phone, card, and keys into my pocket and go forth into the night (or day) with my shoulders and arms completely free of the detritus that so many women lug around on a daily basis. 

Lately, that’s all a bag has been to me: a thing that’s vaguely irritated me for so long I actually forgot I could swat it away.

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo!

Posted by RD on 7/6/2014 to Women
Frida Kahlo Self Portrait

"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you." --Frida Kahlo

Today, we celebrate the birthday of the woman who taught us that the ultimate form of art is self-acceptance. Happy Birthday, Frida! 

Spring/ Summer 2014 Lookbook

Posted by RD on 5/17/2014 to Community
Hipsters for Sisters Lookbook





Our Spring/ Summer lookbook is finally here! Take a look...


Chess As Art

Posted by DD on 4/6/2014 to Community
     In honor of the 11th Annual KCF All-Girls National Chess Championships which begins this Friday, here is a look at chess sets created by some of our favorite artists! 
  
                   

Happy Birthday, Shirin Neshat!

Posted by RD on 3/28/2014 to Women
Shirin Neshat

Happy Birthday to one of our favorite female artists, Shirin Neshat!