Few products capture the spirit of conscious shopping like AAKS’s delicately handcrafted bags. Made by women in Ghana, the bags are designed in a joyful range of colors using expert weaving techniques that speak to a strong cultural heritage. The founder, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, built a sustainable brand that is rooted in empowering women artisans and promoting African craftsmanship.

“Providing opportunities for other women in my workplace is inspirational to me.”

When asked what being the woman founder of a successful business means to her, Akosua told POPSUGAR, “I love the freedom of creativity that comes with owning my own business and incorporating my passion into my day-to day-activities, plus providing opportunities for other women in my workplace is inspirational to me.”

It only felt right to highlight this brilliant entrepreneur and her impact during Women’s History Month.

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For many young female-identifying shoppers, the experience of buying a first bra is daunting. Not only is it an unfamiliar product category to explore, but the messaging around such items — either hyper-sexualized à la Victoria’s Secret, or woefully juvenile — can be a turn-off to anyone who already feels caught between the identities of adolescent and adult.

Two recent Western University grads, Chloe Beaudoin and Jessica Miao, had their own struggles as tweens while trying to find undergarments that were relevant to both their needs and tastes, and more recently, Jessica’s sister was also finding it difficult to seek out a bra that spoke to her. And it prompted them to launch Apricotton, a forward-thinking brand that puts the wants of its young customers first.

“We were discussing it one day [and realized] there hadn’t been any innovation in the bra industry in decades,” recalls Beaudoin of the ideation … Read the rest

With the ubiquity of fleece in all its forms – oversize hoodies, mixed-print jackets, half-zip pullovers (the unofficial uniform of tech bros) – it’s almost hard to believe how unbelievably uncool it was when the fabric was first conceived 40 years ago. What was originally considered merely a practical solution to scratchy textiles has been reincarnated over and over again to become the latest street style staple.

The story of the humble fleece officially begins in 1981, though it actually dates back a decade earlier when a man named Yvon Chouinard, known as the “father of fleece” and founder of a then-little-known mountaineering apparel store called Patagonia, went searching for a synthetic “miracle fabric” that offered the same level of warmth and durability as wool, but was also lightweight, easy to clean, and quick to dry. His wife, Malinda Chouinard, discovered something that held promise: a polyester that was, surprisingly, … Read the rest

With Earth Month on its way, there are several mindfully made collections to know right now including a new collaboration between sustainability-focused jewellery designer Sandy Leong and Gemfields. Read on to get the goods on what’s new in the world of fashion.

Sandy Leong and Gemfields introduce the Sol collection

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With nearly ten years behind her as a sustainability-focused jewellery designer, Sandy Leong chose to collaborate with gemstone supplier Gemfields on an offering of pieces that are made with “responsibly sourced emeralds, 18 karat recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds,” as noted in a press release. Running the gamut in featuring everything from petite diamond pavé earrings to extravagant cuffs, 10 percent of sales of the Sol collection will go towards benefitting children and education-focused initiatives via the Gemfields Foundation. The assortment goes on sale on World Water Day — Monday, March 22 — in an effort … Read the rest

The conversation about lack of diversity in the fashion world is long overdue. But in the last nine months, kickstarted by the killing of George Floyd, the dialogue has finally reached a place where companies seem to be listening, and more than that, vowing to change. In terms of retail and consumer behavior, that means a call to dismantle the inequities that exist in everything from hiring practices to casting ad campaigns and creating shelf space. As brands share their plans of action, the bulk of the work seems to fall on the (relatively) newly formed role of Chief Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Officer. Considering that racism is prevalent across the industry, the loaded title begs the question: what exactly does a D&I officer do?

With corporate entities in the hot seat amid calls for more diversity, roles centric to diversity and inclusion efforts may feel fresh to some, but … Read the rest

Diptyque’s latest fragrance is here

 

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Meet Orphéon, the latest fragrance release from Diptyque. Launched on March 15, the eau de parfum is inspired by jazz clubs in Paris in the early 1960s. Notes of juniper berry, cedar, tonka bean and jasmine come together to create something that’s warm, joyful and celebratory. And isn’t that what we could all use right about now? Its name, Orphéon, was one of the bars where the three founders of the nearby Diptyque boutique liked to meet for a drink.

Dyson and Mane Addicts team up to support salon heroes affected by this challenging year

 

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Mane Addicts, the hair trends brand founded by celebrity stylist Jen Atkin, has teamed up with Dyson to celebrate salon heroes impacted by the … Read the rest

Imagine finding the perfect pair of jeans and falling in love for the rest of your life? That was me when I discovered these Agolde Pinch Waist High Rise Kick Jeans ($178) two years ago. Yes, I’m being dramatic because I spent months looking for the one, and when I slipped into these Agolde jeans, it was quite literally love at first fit.

I could immediately tell they were high quality.

I could immediately tell they were high quality. The nonstretch denim and waist buttons provide some structure without restricting my movements, and the fabric doesn’t itch or fade over time. Everything from the high-waist fit to the ankle length is designed with style in mind. I have since acquired many other pairs from Agolde, and I haven’t felt the need to experiment with more brands. My favorite way to wear them is with a fitted square-neck top and open-toe … Read the rest

This article was originally published in June 2019. 

Do you ever rest your head at night, toss back and forth under the covers, and think: “I have been going to bed every single night since the day I was born. Why is falling asleep still so hard?” At those moments, when counting sheep just won’t cut it, you might consider handing over all the cash in your wallet in exchange for a peaceful snooze. A full night’s rest is one of the pleasures in life that money can’t necessarily buy — though the pursuit of it has the potential to set you back thousands.

Bedtime has become a multi-billion dollar industry. As social media pushes us to achieve ultimate self-care — and as the world around us becomes increasingly chaotic — we’ve retreated to cozy, safe spaces. We surround our beds with lavish candles, Egyptian sheets, REM tracking devices, white-noise … Read the rest

Headbands can be a divisive accessory. On one hand, they’re practical in the sense that they keep your hair out of your face – a godsend in pandemic times – and on the other, they call to mind a certain preppy nostalgia that feels cutesy and, well, borderline basic. Regardless of the latter, I’ve become a newly minted fan of statement headbands. Though I was skeptical at first, I simply cannot deny how seamlessly headbands add polish to any ensemble and, let’s be honest, act as literal saviors on dirty hair days (I see you, updo). If you’ve tried this timeless trend, then you know all too well that there’s just something about a headband that can tie your whole outfit together. Plus, who couldn’t use another easy (and affordable) way to accessorize for Zoom?

In my recent foray into the world of headbands, I’ve tried my fair share of … Read the rest

Kaitlyn Bristowe knows what it’s like to be in situations that would make anyone sweat. Take competing in the finale of Dancing with the Stars with some 60 million people watching (she won the mirrorball trophy, by the way) or dating a couple dozen men on national television as you search for a potential life partner as The Bachelorette. The Alberta-born Bristowe, who is returning to Bachelor nation as co-host of the upcoming seasons of The Bachelorette alongside fellow alum, Tayshia Adams, has been in some high-stress public scenarios. And yet, the host of the popular Off the Vine podcast decided to make the switch to natural deodorant a couple of years ago after crowd-sourcing suggestions about brands to try on Instagram. She says she hasn’t looked back.

Bristowe says her recent partnership with Schmidt’s, a brand beloved for its aluminum-free, Ecocert-certified natural formulas and scents derived from essential … Read the rest