The debate remains for the official label of this generation. Should it be coined as “the giving generation” or “generation me?” As the discussion continues, observation confirms the notion that millennials are so deeply subscribed to themselves. They sign on for stylist subscriptions, boxes full of makeup products, subscriptions for faster shipping and binge watching. Granted a valuable factor is convenience, one may argue, if it’s not a necessity, what’s the point? Is there a subscription out there that caters to the “me-culture” while also making a difference?
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Together, Stephanie Pollaro and Wendy Dailey founded International Sanctuary, a non-profit that has now helped more than 300 women to heal, learn life skills and earn an income after human trafficking.
“It’s not about retreating when I encounter a challenge, it’s about finding a path around it,” Stefanie Nissen said in regards to her innovative venture, Trvl Porter. Her company is dedicated to eliminating luggage by lending a pre-styled wardrobe delivered to your destination. Two years prior to the company’s inception, an overstuffed suitcase caused a misstep up a flight of stairs. Stefanie’s suitcase came tumbling down on her resulting in a sprained ankle.
Alec picked up the phone with his “naive optimism” and started making calls. “I guess I’ve never been afraid of getting told no,” he said. His fearlessness led him to a load of success – quite literally, a truckload of billboards being delivered to his door. This was the beginning of Rareform.
“Everything started when I got my acceptance letter to UCSB,” explained Ata Sari, co-founder of Mama Luma. Originally from Istanbul, Ata remembered his mom watching soap operas set in the American Riviera for hours on end. She felt like it was a home away from home, and Ata discovered his mom was right. During his first year in college, Ata quickly settled into Santa Barbara life. He never would have imagined that his first friend he met in the dorms, Kevin Mahany, would become his business partner in a few years. The duo created Mama Luma: a high-end children’s clothing company that mixes California style with quality Istanbul products. The collection offers stylish dresses for girls ages 1-12.
They help us find our way, explore new places and now they can help us see the places we thought we knew in a different light. Artist, Levi Mills blends geography and fantasy to feed our wanderlust culture and unknowingly find a new appreciation for cartography.
Outdoor Voices is the new kid on the block. This bright-eyed, fresh-faced activewear brand is taking on industry giants like Lululemon and Nike by redefining the idea of activity as something that can be fun, inclusive, and social. OV brings a playful and refreshing personality to the activewear scene, as it was created with the “recreationalist” in mind, including dog-walkers, hikers, and dodgeball enthusiasts. Founder and CEO Tyler Haney likes to think of OV as the friend who invites you on a hike and brings the snacks. Oh, and the leggings are super cute too.
A burgundy house with blue shutters was the inspiration behind this artistic duo’s entrepreneurial endeavors. Jay, from South Dakota and Ryan, Ventura County currently reside in the quaint, inland town of Ojai, California. Ryan was searching for a talented counterpart to help expand Caliendo Photography and Jay was looking to get her boots back on the ground in the photography business.
Buying a bag can change someone’s entire life.
The proof is on the back of Parker Clay co-founder Ian Bentley’s business card. The card’s flipside shows a school report card with top marks. The grades belong to an Ethiopian boy, Eyob whose mother, Meselu, works with Parker Clay. Meselu used to leave her two sons in front of a church at night while she did what she needed to do to provide. Now her job as a weaver brings stability to her and sons’ lives.
Issue 2 took us shopping at Legacy in Montecito, California. We decided to ask our Creative Editor to spend another Saturday with us shopping. “Let’s make an afternoon and evening of it this time,” Lacey winked!