I was invited to attend the Nakate Project’s Spring 2012 jewelry collection preview with my friend Kate of Wear In LA. It was a small gathering, held in a beautiful apartment in Encino. The story of how Nakate Project got its name was in 2010, when Shanley was in Uganda. She met a seven-year-old girl named Cossy Nakate, who suffered from AIDS and was orphaned. Meeting Cossy made a huge impact on Shanley’s life and she wanted to do more to make Cossy’s life (and the lives of the women in Kakooge) a little easier. Nakate Project was launched in 2011. The company now employs over thirty women in Uganda, who hand-make paper beads and create lovely necklaces in a variety of styles and color-ways. I saw loads of color, among them, bright turquoise, browns, purples and oranges. We also viewed additional pieces by Portland based designers Andrea Angell, Jamieson Diemer and California based designer Selena Martino. I want to commend Shanley in her work with the women. I’ve read the blog on Nakate Project’s website and am moved at how the company has changed so many lives of the Ugandan women in Kakooge. For more information on Nakate Project, go here. In the words of the company’s motto: Where will you take Africa?
I had the pleasure of attending the 31Bits launch event at the Madewell store at South Coast Plaza, in celebration of their latest Spring 2012 collection- “Chasing Daylight.” I love this brand and it’s dedication to helping women in Uganda, so I was eager to make the drive and support their new collection. According to 31Bits, the inspiration for “Chasing Daylight” is as follows “The Spring Line represents living lives filled with empowerment, purpose and adventure. Our color combinations alone will bring energy and vivacity to life. We’ve mixed soft pastels and prominent brights with new textures and intricate designs, creating pieces that are both surprising and refreshing. It’s about renewing energy, exploring new territory and dreaming bigger…” I must say, the latest styles of bracelets, cuffs and necklaces were truly eye-catching and refreshing, especially the 87 Cuff, Glory Fringe and the Orchid Loop. Along with browsing the collection, guests were treated to champagne and light treats, as well as shopping the latest trends in the Madewell store.
For more info on 31Bits, go here and for Madewell, go here.