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Why Hemp is the Future of Sustainable Fashion

Posted by RD on 7/24/2019 to Environment

Hemp Belt bag


What comes to mind when you hear the word hemp? Most people think of either cannabis or burlap sacs toted around by bare-footed hippies. Are they wrong? Perhaps not, but hemp is the most under-rated and under-appreciated plant out there in terms of all that it can do for its applications in fashion. 


How to go Plastic-Free this July

Posted by RD on 7/8/2019 to Community

Poppy Water Bottle Bag




Did you know that an estimated 14 BILLION pounds of garbage is dumped into the ocean annually, 80% of which is some form of plastic?! This plastic is killing off marine life and polluting a once healthy, thriving ecosystem. 


Plastic-Free July is a global movement created by the Plastic Free Foundation to reduce plastic pollution worldwide. For the entire month of July, participants pledge to refuse single-use plastics and use more sustainable alternatives instead. Looking for a way to support and create awareness for this movement, we are happy to announce that we have launched a Plastic-Free July Giveaway on our Instagram with some pretty amazing sustainable brands. Our giveaway includes the Fractal Yoga Top and Leggings from Wolven Threads, Bamboo toothbrush, cotton facial rounds, tote bag, loofah scrubber, shampoo and conditioner bar from the Zero Waste Store, a Black Obsidian Water Bottle by Glacce, Crystal Grid Gemstone Palette Eyeshadow from Aether Beauty Co, Reusable Grocery Bag by Chico Bag, Rose Gold Razor by Bareaya, and our Water Bottle Bag in Poppy Pinatex. As part of our giveaway, we asked our customers to share how they’re planning to be plastic-free this month and we were so impressed with their answers that we wanted to share a few here.



Who Made My Bag?

Posted by RD on 4/24/2019 to Community




Everyone is talking about Fashion Revolution Week and Earth Day in the same breath, and many people are confusing the two. Although they are both celebrated during the same week in April, Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22, marking the anniversary of the modern environmental movement begun in 1970 and Fashion Revolution Day is celebrated on April 24, the anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. What do they have in common? 

HFS Muse: Francois Gilot

Posted by RD on 2/1/2019 to Women
Francois Gilot

Our latest HFS muse is female artist Francois Gilot. Have you heard of her? Probably not...

Gift Guide: Zero Waste Essentials

Posted by RD on 12/18/2018 to Community
Zero Waste Essentials

Our last gift guide of the year is definitely one worth noting! We could all do more to be more sustainable and these are truly things everyone needs in their life-- including us! Here's our gift guide for sustainably-minded, earth lovers everywhere. 


HFS in the Press!

Posted by RD on 12/14/2018 to Community
Vogue Sustainable Fashion


Yay! A few clippings of HFS belt bags in recent press. xx


Gift Guide: Stylish Mamas on the Go

Posted by RD on 12/11/2018 to Community
Stylish Mama Gift Guide


 Honestly, moms don't get enough credit. As a mother-daughter brand, we definitely couldn't miss this opportunity to put together some of our favorite gift ideas for new and experienced moms alike.  Here's our gift guide for stylish mamas on the go.

 


Gift Guide: Spiritual Seekers

Posted by RD on 12/10/2018 to Community

Gift Guide for Spiritual Seekers

This month, we're doing a series of gift guides celebrating all of the wonderful women in your life. With these guides, you're bound to find something for everyone on your list. We're so excited to share our first one of the series-- our own curated gift guide for the spiritual seeker in your life. 


 

HFS Muse: Louise Bourgeois

Posted by RD on 12/6/2018 to Community

louise-bourgeois-portrait

“Art is not about art. Art is about life, and that sums it up.”
 This week's muse is French-American artist and pioneer Louise Bourgeois. 

Our Water/ Wine Bottle Holders in the Wild

Posted by RD on 10/19/2018 to Community

Reusable Water Bottle Holder Bag
Photo: Taylr Anne of Taylranne

We love seeing our Water/ Wine Bottle Holder Bags in the wild. Here is a selection of our favorites from around the web and beyond.
 

Never Not Hydrated

Posted by RD on 8/19/2018 to Community

Water Bottle Bag


We know you love your reusable water bottle so we made something cute for you to carry it in (what you put in it is up to you). Fits up to standard 25 oz Swell bottle or a bottle of wine. 



5 Things with Rachel Saunders of Rachel Saunders Ceramics

Posted by RD on 5/15/2018 to Community
Rachel Saunders Interview

I'm so excited to share with you the latest in our 5 Things series with Rachel Saunders of Rachel Saunders Ceramics5 Things is a series of interviews where we talk with inspiring female leaders making waves in their industry. 

Strangely enough, Rachel and I met through a shared love of manifestation a la the website and workshops created by Lacy Philips of Free + Native. Rachel is someone who upon meeting her (digitally) I became incredibly inspired by and who at a super young age was able to manifest incredible success by following her intuition, betting on herself, and not being afraid to go the unconventional route. Here, we chat with Rachel about how she got started, her infamous Woman Vase, Patti Smith, and what happened when she left Los Angeles for greener pastures (quite literally). 

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, 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
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

Resist-Trump-Climate-Change



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.