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Leighelena + Project Paz: Promoting Peace through Bracelets

Leighelena buckle cuffs and licorice belts constructed from a variety of exotic candy colored skins have graced the pages of glossies and arms of celebs since designer Leigh Navarro launched her line in 2005.

Now in an effort to bring peace to war torn regions of Juarez, Mexico near her hometown of El Paso, Texas, Leigh is stamping her signature “mink” lizard skin buckle bracelets with the Project Paz logo. 100% of the proceeds from each “Leighelena for Project Paz” sale will be given to the New York based organization in an effort to help carry out their goal of promoting peace in Ciudad, Juarez.

A Word on Project Paz

Project Paz is a non-for profit organization, and their mission is to raise awareness about the unprecedented crime levels in Ciudad Juárez. The city borders the U.S and it’s economy and the innocent people who live there suffer greatly every day – 80,000 young people in the city neither study nor work, 30% of the businesses have closed, and 100,000 jobs have been lost. Ciudad Juárez is actually the most violent city IN THE WORLD (outside of declared war zones) and most people have no idea what’s going on there. Project Paz raises awareness about the city’s situation and funds projects that strengthen community bonds and promote peace.

Chatting with Leigh

Your collection launched in 2005, and now six years later, your jewelry is sold in over one hundred stores internationally. What is your reaction to this astounding degree of success?

I am incredibly grateful and proud of my team’s hard work.  We have two retail storefronts here in Austin and now sell to nearly 700 stores across the world! (visit her awesome collection here).

Your website credits your mother and grandfather for lending inspiration to the Leighelena line. What else inspires your work?

Aside from my family, I draw inspiration from fashion, vintage in particular.  I love organic forms and nature.  When I am deciding to make a new piece, it is usually because I want something new to wear.

A little bird told us here at LOLO that you play base in an Austin band. What’s the name of the band and when can we see you play?

Ha!  That Megan.  I am only LEARNING to play.  When things develop I will let you know!!

Fans of Leighelena want to know – what’s next for the line?

We hope to open another store down the road, and I will be expanding on the Crowns jewelry system.

What lead you to partner with Project Paz?

As an El Paso native, I feel a strong sense of community with our sister city Ciudad Juarez.  I hope to help create awareness about the problems that are happening across the border by partnering with Project Paz.

Do you have any words of encouragement/motivation for LOLO readers wanting to give back to their communities?

Anything helps!  If you can’t contribute monetarily, time is as if not more helpful in many cases. GET INVOLVED here.

Tweet Tweet: Follow Project Paz and Leighelena to keep up with their efforts!

KNITTA: Chic Sunnies For A Cause!

Introducing the 2011 Sunglass Hut Artist Series, an annual program making exclusive shades for a good cause! Sunglass Hut continues to partner with artists each year in support of OneSight, a foundation to help restore and preserve clear vision for children and adults worldwide. They have chosen artist Magda Sayeg, KNITTA, this year to create special edition collectible sunglasses which are fabulous! You may recognize her work from The Standard Hotel, South by Southwest or Austin City Limits. That’s not all. $30 of your purchase will benefit OneSight. Buy a pair today here!

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Stella & Dot’s Bracelet for a Cure!

October is the month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and many are raising support by donations and wearing pink, even the NFL! I love to see everyone coming together for a cause. This year, Stella & Dot has designed a limited edition Breast Cancer Tribute Bracelet in support. Britney Spears, Emma Roberts and Demi Lovato, to name a few, have been spotted wearing and promoting the bracelet as well! The Tribute Bracelet is made of rose gold pave band and a delicate strand of faceted hematite beads with an adjustable woven thread closure. The best part: 20% of the purchase will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

You can support the cause today by purchasing the Tribute Bracelet here.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Gloves for a Cause

Just in time for the “month of pink,” the world renowned leather designer, Mackage, has personally crafted leather “Spirit” gloves for Breast Cancer Awareness. The cause is dear to Mackage designer Elisa Dahan, as she lost her mother to breast cancer at a young age. The gloves retail for $95 and are sold both online and in-store. 100% of the proceeds benefit BCRF.

What a great way to support a cause! Find the Mackage gloves here.

This Has Really Happened: TOMS+The Row

Just when TOMS has once again topped the yearly charts of awesome in its own right, the wise decision to add some Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen flair immediately escalated its coolness level even higher on the ranks. So, it’s official. The TOMS+The Row exclusive collaboration has launched. This unexpected partnership marries The Row’s always-respectful nod to bespoke tradition and desire for modern clean lines with TOMS’ classic silhouette. The result is unlike any TOMS that have come before.

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Details:  Italian-sourced wool and cashmere blends join together for luxurious comfort and natural beauty, and unique fabrics custom-sourced at the highest material standards rest alongside irresistible premium details, all leading to superior wear-ability. Order your new pair here!