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Creating A Sustainable Future For The World Through Fashion

ORGANIC – FAIR TRADE – SUSTAINABILITY – LOVE – PEACE – TAKING CARE OF OUR WORLD – AND LOOKING BEAUTIFUL!

Although we’ve created clothes from leftover fabrics so far, we are designers that want to merge with the new sustainable fashion movement and the way we see it is that there is no other way.

What do we consider the new fashion movement?

A movement, which uses the highest quality fabrics, produced with organic methods and dyed with natural materials. The talented workers making the fabric must have fair hours and wages. Them and their families must be supported so that they can grow stronger, live happier lives, and therefore produce better and more creative work. All of this will help both designers and producers of fabric and clothing to envision a better future for themselves and the world as a whole.

There are so many talented people all over the world. We believe that now is the time for real global collaboration! We must connect and support each other for a beautiful future and we must use the resources that this rich earth holds for us. Almost every country and culture on this planet has something unique to share with this world.

We can change the world by making a statement with the clothes we wear and as designers, we can make this change with the clothes we design. The best part is that you can look great and have fun while changing the world with what you wear.

An inspiring company is making change as I type this. It’s called People Tree and it supports everything I mentioned above. One of their biggest supporters is Emma Watson. Check out the video below of Emma Watson visiting Bangladesh where People Tree has one of its’ many producers of clothing. The workers have fair hours and wages, their children are supported with schools, and living space.

It’s an exciting direction for fashion and frankly, we believe that it’s the only choice we must make right now! Let’s support the beautiful and talented people of countries, such as, Indonesia, Thailand, Peru, India, Africa, Mexico, and many more!

PEACE & LOVE,

Molly and Natalia

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Hablo un poco de Espagñol!

¡Hola! Me llamo Molly. Yo soy de Los Estados Unidos. Vivo en Nuevo York. ¡Soy una artista! Me gusta mucho el chocolate, bailar, y leer. ¡Me encanta el arte! ¡Hablo Inglés, Ruso, y un poco de Espagñol!

¡Prospero Año Nuevo!

That’s right, folks! I’M SPEAKING SPANISH! Well, as a matter of fact, my mom and I are both beginning Spanish speakers! We’re both studying together right now. It’s fantastic learning a new language! And here’s the translation for what I wrote above:

Hello! My name is Molly. I’m from the United States of America. I live in New York. I’m an artist! I really like chocolate, dancing, and reading! I love art! I speak English, Russian, and a little bit of Spanish!

Prosperous New Years!

So what’s our curriculum? Well, this is where the internet comes in. Don’t you just LOVE the 21st Century? Thanks to free websites, podcasts, etc. Anyone can learn almost anything they want, right from home! & For free!

We use a free podcast, called ‘Coffee Break Spanish.’ Each podcast is around 20 minutes long and we do indeed, sit down with our routine cup of organic coffee and practice! Sometimes we take this podcast along with us on the road as well and practice in the car. It’s a fantastic podcast and we are so grateful for the two people who recorded it: Mark and Kara!!! Click Here for the link for the free podcasts that you can subscribe to, through itunes!

Aside from Coffee Break Spanish, we use some extra material as well and this is Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone is also a great program! It really drills every phrase into your head through the use of images and there’s no possible way that you can forget what you learn! The program is set up to teach you, the way that children instinctually learn new languages.

Oh yes! And in the light of the Holidays we’re cheerfully singing Spanish- Christmas songs this year! Check out this really funny and religious Spanish song we found! We sing along to the chorus!

Anyways, these two programs work miracles for us. We’ll keep you updated on our progress! We should be fluent towards the end!!! 🙂

Happy Holidays from all of us!

-Molly, Natalia & Nicholas

NICHOLAS: 7 year old, future astronaut and doctor!

Nicholas is Natalia’s son and Molly’s brother and he’s the third musketeer of our family! Here’s an interview about Nicholas. Molly is interviewing Nicholas in the recording below! Listen to learn more about this imaginative and intelligent, 7 year old!

Hope you all enjoy!!!

And here are some of Nicholas’s favorite drawings that he’s made:

Molly & Nicholas with the Ipad

Soon Nicholas will be finishing his treatment for Leukemia! He was diagnosed way back in November 2008 and we’re excited to say that he’s an amazing and vibrant, 7 year old boy! We’re so proud of him. We chose to homeschool him last year, because he would get sick in school, but also because the public school education in America is diminishing. We found that Nicholas would become very stressed and less creative. Now we do a variety of things to educate Nicholas. The biggest way that we teach Nicholas is that he’s involved with us through everything. As you heard in the interview, Nicholas even goes with us to our colonic sessions and while my mom and I are busy doing colonics, Nicholas became a very good friend with the doctor and helps her out! Don’t worry, it’s nothing weird, but he likes to greet the other patients and help out in the office.

Homeschooling or Unschooling?

This is a question for many parents and we’ve done our fair share of research. We  tend to just go with the flow. We do have a schedule and we do have one specific book that we use. It’s called the BrainQuest book, which makes learning a lot of fun. Nicholas also does have a teacher who comes in for one hour, but the teacher is provided from the New York City Board of Education. This is something that the Board of Ed provides for ill kids. Other than that, we find that experience is the BEST teacher. For example, whether it’s taking Nicholas to a farm or whether it’s taking him to a museum. Nicholas is always super curious and it’s a lot of fun! We don’t pressure him and Nicholas asks a lot of questions all the time and he does educate himself in that sort of way. I guess, you could say that we do a combination of homeschooling and unschooling.

Reading

The one thing we find to be the most important and that we might disagree with from other unschoolers is the outlook on reading. Typically, the unschooler philosophy believes that when a child feels that they want to read, they will read. Their curiosity will grow and they will ask to be taught how to read. Although, we completely understand this concept and could see how it might work with some children, we are strong believers of reading. We believe that it’s one of the most important aspects of Education and that it is actually being drained out of the American school system. More and more children in public schools are illiterate. Kids aren’t being taught phonics anymore. We find this to be a crime against children. Reading is knowledge and therefore it is power for a person to make some of the most important decisions in life. We do make Nicholas read everyday and we want him to become and avid reader, just as we are.

Anyways, here are some more photos of our excellent, young chap, Nicholas!

Nicholas & Molly at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

 

Nicholas being dug in the sand!

Nicholas on an old 1950's train.

 

Peace & Love,

Molly, Natalia, & Nicholas!

Corinne Bailey Rae: A classy woman with a voice from heaven!

What a pleasure it is to see a woman who dresses so feminine and with such class, and on top of it, she’s a beautiful talent! I can say right away, that hopefully we’ll get the chance to one day meet Corinne Bailey Rae and hear her sing in some intimate setting. That’s the way I imagine hearing her music. Only with the right group of people, in a small, but classy setting! It’s fantastic to see someone as her during our time when women are so mixed up and although Hollywood will always have lots of beautiful people, there’s that specific class, that not every woman has!

Enjoy her music video, ‘Closer,’ which came out in 2010:

The interesting thing about Corinne Bailey Rae is how she got her debut! For someone so young, she accomplished to do everything on her own. She recorded her first album on her own with her friends and it became a hit instantly and soon enough it was on America’s Top 20 Billboard. When it came to recording her new album, although many companies wanted her to sign with them, she kindly refused and recorded her new album with her friends again. We love this about her! It’s also so great to see how passionate she is about what she does and the fact that she just went right ahead and did it.

Check out some of Corinne Bailey Rae’s outfits!

So, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, IF YOU SEE THIS POST, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU AS ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS!!!! 🙂

Peace & Love

Molly and Natalia

Natalia is a single mother with a big mission in life for herself and her kids!

In 1991 at 21 years old, I boarded a plane from Kharkov, Ukraine to the USA – New York City! I was completely unaware of what was to come, I had no fears, and only pure excitement of a new beginning! And boy, did that kind of thinking bring in incredible joys and successes!

So here’s a blog post more about me, Natalia. I’m a single mother with two wonderful kids and the three of us (me, Molly, and Nicholas) are a team with big dreams that we are working towards! But I’ll share more about my past in this post.

Back in Ukraine, I had a formal college education in finances, but I come from a family of tailors! So even though I finished college in finance, I was destined to continue my path as a tailor since I began practicing my skills as a tailor from the age of thirteen! So when I arrived in New York City, barely speaking English, before you knew it I was getting married and soon enough I landed a job on Madison Ave. in New York City. That was when I entered the Luca Luca family. That was my school of fashion. There I was, the leading tailor in charge of everything that was a part of the tailoring department, although I had no specific title, the customers called me by a special name; magicfitter! The customers at Luca Luca ranged from the rich and famous to the neighborhood Upper East Side residents. Although the Upper East Side holds many misconceptions of snooty rich women, I would have to disagree because every single customer was wonderful to say the least.

Luca Luca (Luca Orlandi, the designer) and Yildiz Blackstone (President of the company).

As I had the incredible opportunity to work side by side with these two extraordinary people, I am left speechless at what to say. I guess all I have to say is, I love you guys! You are the best!

(Photo of myself, Luca Orlandi, and the team celebrating after the 2003 Spring Fashion show)

(Celebrating my birthday with the team at Luca Luca)

(Me in a stunning Luca Luca dress!)

All-nighters at Luca Luca!

In the above photo, this was one of several nights that I pulled an all-nighter at Luca while the company was preparing for fashion shows! Speaking of all-nighters, at one point Luca found out last minute that he was going to London for an auction, in which all proceeds were to go to children’s donations. He needed a dress to be completely done from scratch overnight! So the next morning, he was on the plane with the dress, which sold at the auction for $30,000!

The Pink Dress

The dress above was also done overnight and I guess you could say it became an ‘overnight success!’ It was the best seller and on top of it, it was featured in several soap operas and movies like, ‘Something’s Gotta Give.’

Working at Luca Luca, I had the opportunity to work with all of the best fabrics that were produced by Italy, France, and Switzerland, unlike the mostly, mass-produced fabrics from China right now. The fabric is the real magic of design. Without good fabric, a dress or a skirt is nothing.

Molly

On Saturdays, I’d take my daughter, Molly to work with me at Luca Luca and from the age of four, she grew a deep fascination by all of the fashion sketches hung around Luca Luca. At four years old, she would sit and try to draw out fashion sketches as well. The rest of the team used to give Molly presents of pencils, paints, and markers. That was when I knew that she’d be an artist.

Eventually though, due to personal circumstances, I had to leave the company and it was a heartbreak.

Right now in my life though, there is a new start. With all of the knowledge I’ve gained from the past and more time spent with my kids, they’ve taught me some of the most valuable lessons. I’m a firm believer that kids can be our greatest teachers. Simply put, my kids are my inspiration in everything, especially for what’s to come in the future. As my daughter said in her previous post, we can’t share our plans just yet, being that most of our family members don’t know as well, but soon, we’ll share in another post.

Till then, my daughter and I are working on Athena’s Gown on Etsy. We will be producing an entire collection. It will take some time, but we will keep you updated!

Peace & Love,

Natalia

In 2010, Molly, graduated from high school, almost two years later she still isn’t in college.

Hi everyone – this is Molly enlightening you with a post and basically sharing more about myself. The next post will be by mom, Natalia, and my brother, Nicholas, but for now – I’ll share about me!

So I’m 19 years old and I’m a college-dropout. Crazy thing to hear in the 21st century, right?

I graduated in 2010 from a fantastic high school specializing in arts in New York City and while I was in high school, I didn’t have an average high school experience. I educated myself in so many ways that I’ve only realized looking back, now. I always knew I wanted to be an artist and so aside from going to an arts high school, from the age of 15 I began working at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where I continued to work for four years and became incredible friends with my boss there, I took advantage of all the free art classes in New York City, including at the MoMa, and I took free pre-college classes at the Cooper Union, where I learned more than I could ask for!

(me, in front of my painting at my high school in 2008)

Finally came senior year! Everyone’s stressing about college admissions. and I’m just making my art. The sculpture classroom of my school became my personal studio during school hours and after hours. If you wanted to find Molly, you came to the sculpture room. It was complete freedom and bliss! If I wanted to order wood for a project, guess what? My teacher would order the wood on his account for me. But anyways, I didn’t really want to go to college, except for one. So I took a bold move and applied to one college, which happened to be the most competitive art college in America. This was Cooper Union. I don’t want to linger on it too long, but I knew a lot of the staff there and even became good friends with them and had personal recommendations, and had basically studied there for over a year through pre-college classes, but at the end of the story, I didn’t get in. To this day, I still don’t know why, but I’m sure glad I didn’t get in.

Well, there I am, the only graduate NOT going to college. I tried to enroll at the community college, thinking that I’d get by with just taking art classes, but that didn’t work out quite well either, since colleges in America want to stuff your minds with useless crap when you’re planning to become an artist, I decided it wasn’t for me. So for a year I looked around and applied to a few more schools, even had a school beg me to attend, and last of all, I tried the free route and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for a few days in September 2011. That was the breaking point. “Mom, I’m not going to college.” “Dad, I have something to tell you, I dropped out.”

My mom handled it well since she’s been with me every step of the way. My dad felt it necessary to share this with the rest of the world, but eventually he talked to me and got used to it, knowing that I’m an artist.

Unschooling:

What have I been doing since that terrible September?

I have been working my butt off making art, studying art history, philosophy, reading artist biographies, learning Spanish, and even dipping my toes into a little quantum physics. I love it. I guess this could be considered a part of the now popular, “un-schooling movement.” I have been outlining my own education. I have been experimenting the way I used to in high school, with freedom. I’m truly “finding” myself and my niche! Most importantly, I have no fear. In fact, I have a pretty fantastic and adventurous plan! I can’t share yet what my plan is since I haven’t shared it with the other half of my family yet, but I promise to readers of this blog that in February I will share every detail of my plan!

The thing that’s ironic about it all is just the other day I told my mom, “I figured out what I become blissfully happy from and that’s from learning something new and incredibly fascinating. It just gets me so excited and I could talk about it for hours.” I can’t even express how this makes me feel. And  I have a real obsession with art. I am constantly thinking and talking about art – it must get on my mom’s nerves! I want to do so much in the art world, but that will be in a different post! I’ll post some images of my art, the process, and also books I’ve read or websites I use below this!

This isn’t finished yet, but it’s in the process 😉

This is an embroidery piece, part of an entire series. This ones my favorite!

This is a photo from a performance piece called, ‘Become You’, which I performed at the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The great thing is that you can see all of my art on my website here!

Here are some of my favorite books:

  

Here are some websites & podcasts I use to study:

Learn Out Loud

Coffee Break Spanish

Smart History (I actually took an online art history course w/the teacher who created this)

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Lectures by Oxford University

There are many more podcasts I study and many more books and materials I read and study, but the point is that anybody can find free information online and educate themselves these days, and if it’s not free, it’s usually not too expensive.

The other material I use to study Spanish is Rosetta Stone.

So with all the information I receive and educate myself with, I continue to experiment with my art and plan to create beautiful art for museums and fine art galleries in the future. So until February, I shall let my readers know the official plan of my art, unschooling, and dreams.

“I awoke, only to find the rest of the world is still asleep.” 
-Leonardo da Vinci

Peace & Love,

Molly

SOCRATES: A rebel-bearded-hippie-man of Athens.

“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”

-Socrates

Socrates was a philosopher living in Ancient Greece, Athens. The painting above, probably the most famous, is by Jacques-Louis David, painted in 1787. The painting shows the most notable fact known of Socrates and that is the time of his death. Socrates was a professor of Philosophy in Athens and he was condemned to death for “corrupting” the minds of the youth and for showing a lack of respect towards Greek Gods and Goddesses.

He had a choice though – either to be executed or to renounce himself as a teacher. So in this painting, Socrates is holding a cup of poison, having chosen to kill himself. He believed in what he stood for and therefore wouldn’t renounce his profession.

Unfortunately, we have very little information on Socrates because he never wrote anything he taught. The only source of information that we’ve received on Socrates are through his notable students, such as, Plato, but this is all second hand.

I find Socrates so fascinating though! He was sort of like a hippie-rebel-character in Athens. He walked around with a long Spartan-style haircut (even though Athens was at war with Sparta), he walked barefoot, and you could find him at the marketplace talking to everyone, including women, slaves, kids, rich, poor – didn’t matter! I think it should also be made clear that Socrates was irreverent to Greek Gods and Goddesses, because he wanted people to think on their own. There have been many misconceptions in the past about Socrates relationship with the Gods, which have somehow been related to Jesus or Buddha. Socrates was neither Jesus nor Buddha. Instead, Socrates taught people to think for themselves. Here it is, in his own words:

“The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.”

This is why Socrates would be in the marketplace talking, asking, and listening to people’s ideas on courage, love, reverence, moderation, and the state of their souls.

And so in Socrates-style let’s ask these questions and it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts!

What is love?

What is a soul?

What is fear?

What is happiness?

Peace & Love

Molly and Natalia