The tastemakers at Hermès know a thing or two about jet-setting—and doing so in style. Here, employees of the French luxury goods company, known for its famous Birkin bags and colorful silk scarves and neckties, share their perfect gifts for the traveler in your life, whether your budget is high or skews toward the more affordable. advertisement advertisement Aesop Departure Kit (pictured above)This kit has all that you need to stay moisturized and fresh on a long plane ride. The products are superb!” —Bob Chavez, president and CEO ($53) Olivia von Halle Silk Robeluxurious silk robe from Olivia von Halle.” —Emily D’Antonio, Women’s Universe, senior public relations manager (from $2,555) Greens by Clean Program“Nothing prepares me for the day like a delicious smoothie, and I find it to be the best way to get my vitamins and greens in when I’m on the go. I recommend Clean Program’s Greens superfood powder to all … [Read more...] about The best gifts for world travelers, according to Hermès employees
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The Gift: Stump Stool By Kieran Kinsella Wanted by: Kin Ying Lee Head designer, Madewell (Price on request, bddw.com) advertisement advertisement 1 The Gift: The Present By Mssng Peces The Giver: Rachel Shechtman Founder, Story ($240, mssngpeces.com) 2 The Gift: iPhone Ultimate Kit By Photojojo The Giver: Jess Lee CEO, Polyvore ($80, photojojo.com) 3 The Gift: Gripster By Native Union The Giver: Shechtman ($50, nativeunion.com) 1 The Gift: Le Corbusier le Grand By Phaidon Press The Giver: Todd Selby Photographer ($200, phaidon.com) 2 The Gift: Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible By Phaidon Press The Giver: Joe Gebbia Chief Product Officer, Airbnb ($95, phaidon.com) 3 The Gift: Novel By Herschel Supply Co. Brand The Giver: Gebbia ($80, herschelsupply.com) advertisement 1 The Gift: Pivot Power Mini By Quirky The Giver: Shechtman ($25, quirky.com) 2 The Gift: Beatrix By Dannijo The Giver: Jess Lee ($245, dannijo.com) … [Read more...] about Gift Giving Gets Creative: Ideas From The Minds Of Madewell, Airbnb, Polyvore, And Story
The Trump administration’s efforts to deregulate industry, enforce Muslim bans, oppose abortion, and deny climate change have inspired a new charitable term. It’s dubbed “rage philanthropy”–when you’re giving is aimed at protecting whatever basic rights and values the president trivializes. advertisement advertisement Here’s one example: When Trump announced his Muslim travel ban in late January, rage philanthropists countered by donating $24 million to the ACLU in a single weekend, a sum that grew to $79 million during the first three months after the inauguration, according to Newsweek. There are plenty of others. After Trump’s first 100 days in office, nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator reported a huge increase in donations to progressive groups including the ACLU (up 8,000%), Southern Poverty Law Center (up 1,400%) and Planned Parenthood (up 1,000%) along with the American Refugee Committee and Environmental … [Read more...] about Philanthropy In 2017 Saw The Rise Of Trump-Powered Giving
Nostalgia and pride are powerful motivators for philanthropy, which are how college endowments at the nation’s elite universities got as large as they are today. While thinking back fondly of your alma mater is common enough, now an ambitious new fundraising initiative is testing whether the same attitudes be harnessed to raise money for an institution that needs the cash even more: the New York City housing projects. advertisement advertisement “I take great pride in the fact that I’m a wonderful American dream story,” says Jeff Levine, a wealthy real estate developer who lives on Long Island with his wife and kids–a far cry from where he grew up. Recently, he got to take his children on a field trip to his stomping grounds as a child: his old apartment at Linden Houses in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood. Public housing is very different today than it was in the late 1950s and early 1960s when Levine resided there. At the time, … [Read more...] about Will Housing Project “Alumni” Give Back To A Crumbling System?
Pity Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, who has risen to the throne of royal celebrity at a time when advocating on behalf of women’s health and safety is condemned by right-leaning publications as “risky territory.” advertisement advertisement Take, for example, a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by former Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker, who derides Markle’s support for “causes” (his quotes). In the September issue of British Vogue, Markle, as guest-editor, showcased “15 women activists, almost all associated with left-leaning causes,” Baker writes. This framing would suggest that New Zealand’s democratically elected head of state, Jacinda Ardern, is a mere activist, and that her fight against terrorism after the Christchurch mosque shooting is “left-leaning.” Baker also believes that it is left-leaning to call out serial rapists, and left-leaning to save women from death in childbirth. … [Read more...] about Pity Meghan Markle: How our divided world is making any celebrity philanthropy political