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KnollTextiles & Goods for Good Charity Bracelets

  Following a successful collaboration in 2012, KnollTextiles and the non-profit goods for good (GFG) have teamed up again to help set up sustainable community enterprises in Malawi. For the first project, KnollTextiles sent unemployed tailors in Malawi fabric in order to make fashionable tote bags. It was a win/win for the community —  the bags raised funds while the tailors gained marketable tailoring skills. For this holiday season, KnollTextiles will be producing limited-edition bracelets using Ultrasuede fabric in five colors decorated with Swarovski crystals. All sales from the bracelets will be invested in GFG’s small businesses in Africa. The bracelets will be on sale for $29 on the KnollTextiles website at starting on November 1st.

Orange Peel Jewelry

One of my favorite new jewelry finds from this winter’s New York Gift Show was the Calamarie Orange Peel Collection. These handcrafted “roses” start out as orange peels that are collected from street juice vendors and thoroughly cleaned before undergoing a lengthy sun-drying, shaping, and dyeing process. The pieces, which retain a mild scent of orange, are designed in the U.S. and handmade in Colombia by dozens of gifted women artisans across the country. Other collections from Calamarie include jewelry designs made of hand-painted seeds, woven metalwork, and discarded silk worm cocoons. Calamarie founder Catalina Lemaitre travels to Colombia three times a year to work with the artisans, develop new designs, and oversee production. Lemaitre was inspired to create the collection out of an interest in the environment, the economic development and empowerment of women, and the preservation of traditional art forms. The company gives back in other ways as well. “We also develop alliances with artisan coops and foundations to design and develop custom products that support educational and arts programs for children in Colombia as well as other important causes …

Magical Magnetic Jewelry

Since the first time i spotted Uno Magnetic jewelry at the New York Gift Show in New York City, i was intrigued. Created by Miami-based architect/interior designer Luis Pons, the jewelry is made of a brightly colored chain and a small magnetic ball that work together to form bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings, and anything else you can imagine. When a sample arrived in the mail a week before this summer’s Gift Show, i was psyched to try it out for myself, and wore it to my day job at a design magazine. During the course of the day, my pink/green Uno got noticed by several colleagues (i was wearing it with a navy blue dress, and it stood out.) The hardest part is keeping your hands off of it once you have found a design you like – i found myself playing with my necklace all day (to the point of distraction). That being said, i think playing with these chains is a stylish, stress-busting replacement for other nasty habits, such as nail-biting or hair twirling. …