With a staggering array of fashions from everyone and everywhere to choose from, why should American women buy clothes made by Israeli designers?
Dive into all things Israeli this month in support of the country’s 63rd birthday. From the unique and creative beauty of Israeli fashion designers’ lines to Israel-based organizations that have made it their mission to help the less fortunate, these pieces reflect the Jewish state’s enduring and innovative spirit.
An exhibition showcasing the work of 45 Israeli designers will be featured at the International Furniture Salon trade fair in Milan.
Events this week: National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles Thrift Stores launch new flagship store; Downtown Center Business Improvement District hosts its second annual Walk-In Movie Series; "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" opens; Santa Monica Drive-In at the Pier benefits the Cancer Relief Fund; "Curtains!" makes it to the stage at the Ahmanson; Woody Allen's "Scoop" features Scarlett Johansson; Nevenka Eastern European Folk Ensemble performs at Club Tropical.
In his three decades at the helm of the Thanksgiving Coffee Co. in Fort Bragg, California, Paul Katzeff has pioneered the process of buying coffee beans directly from Third World growers and funneling money back to them after sales to promote economic self-sufficiency and social justice.
But Katzeff had never helped Jewish coffee farmers, who don't usually figure in the ranks of those growers.
That changed with the recent release of Mirembe Kawomera, or "Delicious Peace," a Fair Trade -- and kosher -- coffee produced by a new cooperative of Jewish, Muslim and Christian coffee farmers from the Mbale region of Uganda.
"We think this coalition is unique in all of Africa," said coffee farmer J. J. Keki, leader of the 700-member Abayudaya Ugandan Jewish community that is at the core of the project.
In the grim underground parking lot of the Rishon LeZion shopping mall in central Israel, hundreds of men and women of all ages are nervously sitting, standing restlessly or milling around, their faces weary, their eyes expectant.
T-shirts $2. Jeans $7. Handwritten signs point to bargains galore at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) Council Thrift Shop.
I enjoy shopping for clothes. I also enjoy returning clothes. Sometimes I like the returning even more than the shopping. Does that sound sick to you? Well, maybe it is. But I don't think I'm alone. In fact, I'll bet there are thousands of women out there who ruin the days of salespeople just as often as they make them.
Monica Garcia had her daughter-to-be in mind when she designed a modest line of Barbie clothing while she was pregnant last year.