Archive for June, 2010
Last night I had the honor of attending the 4th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards event and presenting the award for Best Green Handbag on Timberland’s behalf:
It was amazing to represent Timberland in the fashion arena, and to be in the same room with fashion greats like Carlos Falchi, Tim Gunn and Deborah Lloyd…what a trip! The event was perfectly aligned with Timberland values, celebrating entrepreneurship, innovative design … and most of all, green design.
I chose Andrew Krumholz’s winning bag based not only for its beautiful style and use of recycled materials, but because of the positive impact these bags make on the community in which they are made and on the women’s lives who make them. (Escama Studio artists work in cooperatives outside of Brazil which allow them the opportunity to earn a living wage in a supportive environment.)
As a company that’s committed to reducing the environmental impact of our business and our products, we know first hand how difficult it can be to create eco-conscious products without sacrificing beautiful craftsmanship, and that’s why we have such appreciation for the efforts of designers like Andrew who are able to address the challenge of being stylish and being green successfully.
Earthkeepers in the NYC area, I hope you’ll stop in to view the winning bag in person at our Soho store in the coming weeks… and be sure to look for this design and others on Timberland.com this fall.
I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to have been part of such an inspiring event and represent our brand amidst so many other leading brands and designers. I’m encouraged by the talent and creativity in the handbag industry and look forward to seeing more.
Senior Director of Licensing & Accessories, Timberland