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This fashion brand that is changing the world...

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Once in a while, you come across a fashion brand which is changing the world... Two Neighbors is doing just that! Their tagline is "Peace-Through the Eye of a Needle." Two Neighbors recently launched a gorgeous handbag collection that is grass roots join venture between Palestinian and Israeli women. The products are just beautiful. I am particularly fond of the Adeem tote bag (named after one of their Palestinian workers) - this red leather bag can hold everything but the kitchen sink and has an incredible hand woven embroidered shoulder strap.  I just ordered this bag in red! Can't wait to use it! 
From their website:  www.twoneighbors.com Meet Adeem.
The "Adeem" carryall tote bag is perfect for your everyday work bag. Its open style fits a laptop and your work files. Gorgeous stitching and details make this bag an ideal addition to your handbag collection.

This tremendous carry-all bag was named after our Palestinian coordinator Adeem. Beautiful handcrafted…

Disconnection

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Yesterday the news was all about the high school shooting in Florida. The Facebook posts starting piling up last night as more and more people lamented about how we need change and how there are too many guns in America. Then the other people who own guns went on a rampage and say that they have the right to own guns and it is mental illness and not guns that are killing people. The argument could go on until the cows come home. This post is not about the arguments.

There is another aspect that needs to be looked at closer.  That is the disconnect in our society. We have more money today, we are more connected than ever with our digital devices, but at the same time, we are more disconnected.

Now children do not come out to play. Instead, they sit inside their bedrooms playing video games or watching youtube videos. Tweens and teens spend hours on Instagram and social media. A generation or two ago teens met after school at the local burger joint. They talked to their friends in perso…

Spring 18 Collection Two Neighbors

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Fashion Slow Lane As part of life in the fashion slow lane, I am working with a brand that is in the fashion slow lane as well as in the social innovation lane. Two Neighbors is social innovation at its finest. We create jobs for women that live in caves in the West Bank. Our brand features Palestinian embroidery, and the final garments are sewn in Tel Aviv. Our team is very diverse and features only women.

Two Neighbors is social impact at the grassroots level. We are slowly expanding our brand to include apparel and also handbags. Our Spring 18 collection is gradually coming in now.

Here are few images from our new shift dress collection. This is the Ayala shift dress. It features handmade embroidery. To view each piece up close, please visit www.twoneighbors.com

Please spread the love and peace and shop with us! We offer a 25% offer on your first purchase when you sign up for our mailing list which pops up when you first go to our website.

Love,

Two Neighbors

Utopia

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Utopia

What might look like utopia is often not? It is a far more complicated matter, but we have done better than most, and I am proud of my unique style and family. You are all welcome to be a part of it but expect the unexpected. Don't judge what you cannot understand.



Do You Own Your Voice?

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There is a quote I found from a writer I follow. Her name is Justine Musk. She is the first wife of Elon Musk, the guy who invented a bunch of things like Paypal and Tesla.

When we talk about finding your voice, we’re talking about your ability to own it. Your voice is not just what you say and how you say it, but who you are.-Justine Musk


I love this quote because it reminds me of myself. I have been trying to find my voice for years. It has always been there but it was stifled. It was like I grew up with a piece of masking tape on my mouth. It started on the bus. I would ride the bus to school, sometimes an hour there and back. The kids on the bus would make fun of me, call me terrible names, throw spit wads in my hair. I just sat there. Mute. Full of rage on the inside, but shy and mute. I felt like I had to take it. I was not worthy to speak up for myself. I was shy and ashamed. I felt ugly, small and weak. I had nothing to say. The rage build and I internalized most of it. I had s…

#keepgoing

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#keepgoing
I work with a social innovation brand that creates fashion items between Israeli and Palestinian women. Currently there is a lot of unrest in the region because last week Donald Trump announced that Jerusalem was the new capital of Israel and he was going to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem. This issue is huge contention between the two sides. (I am not an expert on the region so I will not expand further.)

Meanwhile our brand Two Neighbors www.twoneighbors.com is in the middle of production. That does not make it easy for us because part of the fashion items are made in Palestine and half of the work is made in Israel. Some of the staff is required to go back and forth to bring the items. It would be been better if Trump just minded his own business and let that region work out their peace solution.

As a result, it makes me that much more determined to make things progress with Two Neighbors. Despite all the craziness going on in the region, we will continue to move forw…

Kickstarter in Now Live! Pendolare

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Our Kickstarter campaign is now live!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/roccoedante/pendolare-cycling-accessories-for-the-modern-commu

#pendolare #pendolarebikebags #pendolaregear

Please like and share on your social media and help us fund our first production!

Update: The Kickstarter was not successful but I have learned a lot more about crowdfunding from this process. Thanks to all who supported us!