#fairtuesday Pinterest Contest - Meet the Judges
A few weeks ago, we told you about #FairTuesday’s Fair Holidays Pinterest Contest. Since the announcement, the prize fund has grown to over $1800 worth of ethical gifts made by artisans from around the globe. The idea behind the contest is to spread the word about beautiful and meaningful gifts that give twice: once to your friends and family who get them, and once to the community of artisans that produces them, depending on your purchases to support their families.
We have received hundreds of entries, and we love how creative our entrants got to support fair Holiday shopping! November 27, 2013 is the last day to create your board (or to add on if you’ve already started it). The following day, we will present the boards to our extraordinary panel. Get to know our amazing judges!
Haylie Duff - The Real Girl’s Kitchen
You may know Haylie Duff as an actress ("7th Heaven", Broadway's "Hairspray", or currently reviving her role as Summer Wheatley on the FOX animated series of "Napoleon Dynamite") but Haylie's unique perspective on clean eating and easy preparation is quickly making her one of the premiere tastemakers in food blogging. Her light hearted and conversational style of writing has made her blog, Real Girl's Kitchen, and her weekly contributions to Hello Giggles must read content for food fans of all ages.
Hannah Skvarla and Lauren Conrad - The Little Market
Lauren and Hannah met in 2006 while studying at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and quickly learned that they shared a love of design, an interest in world cultures, and a passion for improving the lives of women. Since then they have traveled together to El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda.
In their travels, Lauren and Hannah have begun to learn about the culture of each place by exploring local markets. Each place offers unique treasures, all representative of skills developed over generations. Beautiful handmade products are sold in little markets around the world. They were certain people would enjoy and appreciate them as much as we do, if they just had access to these one-of-a-kind products.
The duo created The Little Market to give artisans the opportunity to reach a broader audience and to give you the opportunity to purchase special pieces while directly supporting the artisans who made them. Each product was responsibly crafted with integrity and pride, while providing an income for local artisans to care for themselves and their families.
Maureen Dunn - Mata Traders
Maureen Dunn is founder and creative director of Mata Traders, a fair trade clothing and accessories company based in Chicago, IL. Started in 2005, Mata has become one of the premier ethical fashion labels in the U.S. The line can be found in over 400 shops internationally and on the Mata Traders website.
Maureen is passionate about making hip and affordable designs that compete with factory-made brands. Mata works closely with artisan cooperatives in India and Nepal, who provide sustainable income and services to women at poverty level. In her design process Maureen uses traditional techniques, like hand block printing and embroidery, to create the unique Mata aesthetic: flattering, vintage-inspired silhouettes with bold prints and color palettes. It's fun, on-trend style for the socially conscious and fashion conscious.
Rhea Alexander - Parsons, The New School for Design & Digs.com
Rhea Alexander is a designer and social entrepreneur. She teaches in the graduate program of Parsons New School for Design’s new Strategic Design Management Department.
With over 20+ years interdisciplinary expertise pioneering 3BL along the value chain while manufacturing and designing int’l eco home products, her work has been acknowledged in press and trade awards. Her collections have been developed for top-tier retail companies such as Lane Crawford, Umbra, Neiman-Marcus, and Banana Republic. Throughout her career, she has consistently fused design methodology and sustainable/resilience principles into her work.
Having seen so many of your pin boards we know these ladies have their work cut out for them and are going to be busy judging while gobbling pumpkin pie! We are so happy to get to be a part of a project with such a phenomenal team of judges who not only have style but have incredible hearts and a passion for creating opportunities for women everywhere.
Good luck to each of you!