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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
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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.



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. 



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.

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

Celebrity Style: Elizabeth Banks in our Black Pocket Bum Bag!

Posted by RD on 11/16/2016 to Community
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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
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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.


Let's Talk About Sex

Posted by on 11/2/2016 to Community
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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. 

#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.

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

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 



Style Spotlight: Pocket Bum Bag in Saddle

Posted by RD on 8/8/2016 to Community
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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

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. 

Farm Sanctuary Pop-Up

Posted by RD on 3/20/2016 to Community
Hipsters for Sisters West Hollywood Pop Up


Thank you so much to everyone who joined us this weekend at our West Hollywood pop-up benefiting Farm Sanctuary! This weekend was a great success! Stay tuned for news on more pop-ups coming this summer! 


Join us this Saturday!

Posted by RD on 3/3/2016 to Community
Farm Sanctuary Pop-Up - Saturday, March 5


Join us this Saturday, March 5th from 12-4pm for an ethical pop-up shop benefiting one of our favorite organizations, Farm Sanctuary. Come be the first to shop our new Spring convertible belt bags... We'll also be having our first-ever Sample Sale with belt bags up to 80% off! Many of our most popular styles will be on sale, as well as many years worth of samples! 

You won't want to miss this....


Hope to see you there!

7552 MELROSE AVE, LOS ANGELES 90046




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.

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...