My dear readers, I’d like to introduce an eyewear brand that’s pretty popular on the East Coast (because they’re designed in Brooklyn and crafted in Japan) and need more attention here on the West Coast. I was excited when the company’s co-founder Anthony Codispoti reached out to me and lent me a pair of their signature aviators to try out and learn more about the brand, called Activist Eyewear. Anthony’s business partner Mark Craig had been designing eyewear for ten years. During that period, as he had worked with high-end markets, as well as high-performance markets; he realized that nothing was being done to bridge these two worlds of style and performance. So, he and Anthony decided to start-up an eyewear company to provide eyewear that looks as good as it performs. Anthony explains their ideal consumer, known as the ‘dapper outdoorsman,’ “He works hard, plays hard and explores the world in all his pursuits. He needs gear to keep up with him and refuses to compromise on style in the process.” Now ladies, I know what you’re thinking…’What about female consumers?’ Activist Eyewear may gear mostly to men, but the glasses are unisex. I happen to like the aviators and wayfarers, which are also the brand’s best-sellers. So, the glasses come with a nifty protective case made from American-made waxed canvas. [The company that makes the canvas has been making the canvas that has been used in ship sails for two-hundred years.] They also come with a lovely micro-fiber cloth with their AE logo in a repeating pattern. If you purchase the wayfarers, you’ll receive two lanyards (otherwise, you must purchase them separately for $10). When looked at closely, the weave on the lanyards is custom-made with their signature Morse Code pattern. The glasses are fragile, but rather unique and offer little hidden tidbits, such as: the fingerprint texture on the nosepads. The print is actually Mark’s thumbprint. Along with providing extra grip, it’s also the artist’s signature. Unlike the usual curved ear rest on other glasses, AE uses ‘Split-Fit’ technology, which makes eases tension and pressure near the ears and temples. When I was wearing them, I could feel the difference in comfort and secure fit. So friends, definitely check out Activist Eyewear and snatch up your pair fast, because they only make each 718 of each colorway worldwide.
I was first introduced to Cheeky Green Totes during FOCUS and really loved the different styles of the recycled totes. Cheeky Green founder- Stefanie DiBenedetto designed the trendy bags to be soft, machine- washable, foldable and multi-functional (for grocery shopping, for use in place of retail shopping bags, taking on the plane, or just carrying as a purse). The bags are also strong enough to hold 25 pounds. The company was kind enough to send me a cargo tote (in brown) to review. The tote came with a handy detachable coin purse that I can take with me to the store or gym, without the hassle of lugging a massive purse. I love that the bag is lightweight, stylish and foldable and made of 100% recyclable Tyvek™. Again, the bags come in a variety of styles and colors. For more information on the company and their mission to fight disposable culture, go to their website.
I had connected with Nila Anthony Handbags during MAGIC and was delighted when they allowed me to pick out a purse for my review. The entire Nila Anthony line is vegan and offers styles that are trendy and edgy. One fact about the line is that the designer- Nila Prawiradjaja grew up in Bandung, Indonesia, which was built on top of a volcano. That was a reason why she always wanted to have nature and her respect of the environment influenced in her designs. The line has been featured in Vogue, InStyle and Lucky just to name a few. I really admire their price points, which are very reasonable and can complement any budget. Nila Anthony and the sister brand- Jesslyn Blake are available through A.N.D.M Showroom . You can also check them out on FACEBOOK!
I chose a black bag with adjustable strap and a brass antique-inspired key as a closure for the flap. The leather had sort of a pebbly texture and is soft and durable. The inside lining has a brown and white floral print (reminiscent of Nila’s nature influence). There are numerous handy pockets that are open and also pockets with zipper closures. All the details, even the logo, are brass. The strap is adjustable, like I mentioned and is made to be worn on the shoulder or cross-body. It’s just the perfect little bag that’s not bulky and is easy to carry around.