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Jessica Alba Discusses Women’s Empowerment, Her Inspiration, and a New Collaboration

March 25, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

Here’s a collaboration that’s guaranteed to have you looking good on the outside and feeling great on the inside. Nordstrom has teamed up with Piece & Co., a company that sources handmade textiles from women artisans all over the world, on a collection of apparel and accessories from some of today’s most coveted designers. The Honest Company, Diane von Furstenberg, Rebecca Minkoff, Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch, and more created pieces using Piece & Co.’s ikat, block-print, and tie-dye fabrics, and they’re all available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Jessica Alba, founder of the Honest Company, created a versatile nursing scarf (below, $ 60; nordstrom.com) that’s a must-own for any mom. We caught up with Alba to find out why she collaborated with Piece & Co. and Nordstrom, what inspires her, and what she’s teaching her girls about women’s empowerment.

How did you get involved in this collaboration?

With our exclusive Collective line, I’m constantly looking for collaborators that share the Honest spirit and create delightful products that speak to our stylish audience. We were excited to discover Piece & Co. not only works with beautiful organic textiles, but also supports a sustainable business model with fair labor and local employment for those that need it the most.

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Can you tell me a bit about the scarf that the Honest Company designed? How is it unique?

It’s no secret that I love scarves. I wanted to create an Honest Nursing Scarf that looked cool enough to work with a modern woman’s wardrobe so she could wear it whenever she wanted. Ours are made from soft organic cotton that’s so lightweight you can fit it into your purse or your diaper bag. They’re unique in their versatility, since they can be used for car seat and stroller shade or as a wrap or blanket.

Why do you like Piece & Co.? Why do you think what founder Kathleen Wright is doing is important?

As a female entrepreneur, I’m passionate about supporting fellow women who work hard to achieve their dreams, wherever they are worldwide. Kathleen’s work with Piece & Co. empowers women to know their worth and contribute to their communities. She reminds us that we all benefit when women do better.

What did you do for World Women’s Day?

I shared a reminder on my Instagram that women deserve equal pay, education, opportunity and rights. In the U.S., women earn 78 cents on the dollar for doing the same work, we make up less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 company leadership positions, and for every female chief executive of S&P 1500 companies there are four men named Jim, Bob, Jack, or Bill! We’ve got a long way to go before there are more bossladies out there. When it comes to education, women still make up ⅔ of adult illiteracy rates worldwide—a proportion that hasn’t changed in 20 years. What has changed is the opportunity in technology fields. It’s the largest, fastest growing employment opportunity here and women are the leading adopters of technology. Unfortunately, we have half the number of female computer science majors that we did 30 years ago and women are only a quarter of the computing workforce.

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How are you teaching your daughters about women’s empowerment?

Ultimately, I hope to teach my girls how to be problem solvers and encourage their own curiosity and creativity. Also, empathy and compassion are important characteristics we should all have. It’s fundamental to peace and progress in our personal and professional lives. By the time they grow up, I hope there are more female leaders in every field for them to look up to.

What women do you look up to?

I admire Eleanor Roosevelt for her common sense, grace, and resilience.

How do you live a bountiful, full life?

I want to know how to live a bountiful, full life and still get sleep! I find that being active and eating right gives me more energy to live life to its fullest. I also think maintaining a sense of curiosity always keeps life interesting.

What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to and seen artisans at work?

I recently went to Guatemala and saw women who’ve been working at their craft for years in an extremely remote location. Everything they made was so vividly colorful, but their hospitality stood out just as much.

Where’s one of the most inspirational places you’ve ever been?

Japan is so inspiring. They consider beauty and function in every detail of their lives. There’s such an inspiring blend of elegance and efficiency there, from food to floral arrangements. Even the 7-11 is awesome!

Shop every piece form the Nordstrom and Piece & Co. collection now at nordstrom.com.

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The One Thing You Need from the Lulu Frost + West Elm Collaboration

Acquiring new jewelry is all well and good—until you need to find a place to store it (preferably somewhere that doesn’t result in a gigantic knot of tangled necklaces). Thankfully, Lulu Frost has a pretty solution. The New York-based jeweler known for her glitzy, vintage-inspired aesthetic has finally made her foray into the world of home décor, teaming up with West Elm on a four-piece line of jewelry storage accessories. And while the collection includes two small storage boxes and sorting trays, the item we’re raring to pick up ASAP is most definitely the jewelry storage case.

The lacquered wood box (photo above), complete with embellished drawer pulls, promises to be a saving grace for anyone’s rapidly increasing jewelry collection. With six separate shelving compartments, two drawers, and a handy grate to hang multiple pairs of earrings, the case acts as the ultimate storage solution, and won’t look out of place atop your vanity or your dresser. “It’s a gorgeous and convenient way to stash all of your favorite pieces,” Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer tells InStyle. “Jewelry is beautiful, so its container should be equally so!” We don’t disagree.

Shop the whole collection at westelm.com or at West Elm stores beginning March 26.

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It’s the Great Collaboration Charlie Brown! Coach Partners With the Peanuts Gang

Unlike Linus’s Great Pumpkin (which happens to air tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC), this news is 100-percent real: As the first installment in a series of limited-edition collections that celebrate Coach‘s American heritage, the luxury leather goods brand has given its handbags a dash of cartoon-like playfulness with Charles M. Schulz’s famous comic strip sketches embossed on satchels, totes, and duffels.

“Coach has for so many years been an American institution so it seems fitting to honor that heritage with iconography that captures moments in American pop culture,” says Coach creative director Stuart Vevers. “Peanuts and Snoopy were a rite of passage for a generation and continue to be so emotive—there’s a particular image of joyful Snoopy that I’ve always loved and have in our studio that manages to capture so much feeling and emotion in a sketch. I was intrigued by the idea of taking that image and playfulness but subverting it. A rebellious spirit is contrasted with reassuringly natural Coach leather to create something unexpected.”

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And Vevers did just that by pitting a flitting Woodstock against a sophisticated color palette of black and ivory, an exuberant Snoopy on a cheery “Woodstock” yellow, and offering edgy black leather Snoopy dolls.

The 21-piece Coach x Peanuts capsule collection is available now at French boutique colette.fr, with a broader launch slated to debut on coach.com October 24. With the second launch date comes Coach’s first official iPhone app with fun Coach x Peanuts-related features, like getting photo-bombed by Peanuts characters. But in the meantime, you can take a look at the digital (and animated!) Coach x Peanuts lookbook on coach.com.

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Check Out Pharrell’s Sustainable Clothing Collaboration with G-Star RAW!

From his globe-sweeping No. 1 single “Happy,” to his infamous Grammys hat, to becoming a judge on NBC’s The Voice, this is inarguably the year of Pharrell Williams. Next up on the artist’s busy schedule is his RAW for the Oceans autumn/winter 2014 clothing collection.

By teaming up with The Vortex Project and Parley for the Oceans, G-Star RAW and Williams have turned pollution into a solution. Their collection—which will include bomber jackets, trench coats, shirts, hoodies, and hats (below)—uses Bionic Yarn, an eco-friendly fabric made up of fibers that are derived from recycled plastic bottles found in our oceans.


You’ll have to wait until September for the line to hit the racks (the collection will be available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and G-Star stores), but in the meantime, remember to recycle your plastic bottles. They could be your next pair of jeans!

Also, take a look at the many hats Williams has worn on the red carpet.