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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
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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. 

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


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.




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

WHY We Support Chess for Girls

Posted by DD on 5/6/2016 to Community
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Photo: Jorge Barrera for the National All-Girls Chess Tournament

We are delighted to report that this is the fifth year in a row that we have chosen to support to the National All-Girls Chess Tournament. With so many worthwhile causes out there, you may wonder why we choose, year after year, to devote our time and financial support to a chess tournament for girls.

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...

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 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.


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.