Holiday Extravaganza

Art by Katie Rogers, Paper Fashion

Art by Katie Rogers at PaperFashion.net

Come join us as we kick off this season with a

Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, November 21, 2015
10:30am – 4:30pm

Our local showroom is located at:
303 Post Avenue in Napa, Ca.

(Silverado Trail and Post St. Napa. across from Big D Burgers)

We have wonderful Holiday Gifts each hand created from alpaca and pima cotton: ponchos, sweaters, hats, scarfs, gloves and jewelry.

Each item is honestly sourced ethical fashion.

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“Give the gift that gives back” this season and empower a women in an

“at-risk” community because,

“The success of every single woman is the inspiration for another”.

Let Our Hands For Hope make your gift giving easy.

We would also like to thank Katie Rogers for her allowing us to use her beautiful artwork and allowing us to add our text. We are a huge fan of her work and her generosity. See more of Katie’s art here.

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3 Strands Break Free Run

Our Hands For Hope takes every opportunity to partner up with 3 Strands Break Free to raise awareness and education to combat trafficking.

Since we work directly with women in “at risk” communities to offer job mentoring, training and opportunities, we look forward to our booth at events like these to showcase our items.

We will have a booth at the Lake Merritt run with great gift items for this holiday season.

Break Free Run proceeds go to educating youth and adults about what to be on the look out for. They go into high schools, colleges, communities, corporations, non-profit and faith-based organizations across the U.S. to increase awareness and prevention efforts.

The next 5k and 10k run is scheduled for November 7th, 2015, in Oakland, California.

To register, volunteer, or to donate click here.

 Join us for this great event!

The Gift That Gives Back

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Our Hands For Hope is built upon empowering women all over the world in at-risk communities.  One cause we are most passionate about is helping the girls and young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking.  One organization we have teamed up with this holiday season is a New Day For Children based in California.

A New Day For Children offers safe houses, education, medical and therapeutic help to American young girls ages 10 and up who have been rescued. They also offer mentorship, job placement, and support to furthering their education.

They are currently working on building two new facilities. One for girls from 10-17 and the other 18 and up who don’t have safe homes to return to after rehabilitation.

So for this holiday season, “Give the gift that gives back”.

A portion of all purchases from Our Hands For Hope now until December 31, 2015 will go to

New Day For Children.

SHOP NOW on line 24/7

Show your support and use the code: NEWDAY when you check out.

Our warehouse location is OPEN UNTIL December 19, 2015:

Fridays 12 – 4:30

Saturdays 10:30 – 2:30

303 Post St. Napa, CA USA 94559

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Jeannie Zimmerman

This journey of working with women in Peru has lead me into so many new relationships and rekindled old ones. Dr. Rhea Zimmerman, now Komarek, was someone I met years ago when she was still in high school. I had not seen her in well over 15 years, but was reunited when we found out, through Facebook, we held a mutual love for the people of Peru. Rhea has just completed a movie titled, Love Bomb. We will be featuring more about it later, but for now, I could not be more excited she sent this wonderful article about her mom, Jeannie.

Terisa Co-founder/Owner @Our Hands For Hope

” The heart of the relationship, love and support.”

By: Dr Rhea Zimmerman Komarek (daughter of Jeannie)

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Photo Credit: Weddings by Scott & Dana

This photograph of my mom was taken last fall as she watched me walk down the aisle. The look of love on her face reveals the heart of the relationship of love and support I have received from her for as long as I can remember.

About one week before our engagement my mom was diagnosed with metastatic cancer, the breast cancer from five years prior had spread. Still, there she was, sitting with me, mid-chemotherapy, as I tried on my first wedding dress.

Last year this time as we drove to spend mothers day together she was facing all brain radiation. We did not know what was going to happen as we had heart to heart conversations about life, death, and choosing life again.

She has shown me courage and immense fortitude. She has shown me what it means to be a mom. The love, heartbreak, worry, joy, all of it. I am grateful for each new memory we get to share, so precious, and feel utterly blessed by her presence in my life. I’ll be treasuring this mothers day with her!

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Jade Beall and her Beautiful Body Project

By: Michael Garcia Davila, Operations Manager @ Our Hands For Hope
Featuring: Jade Beall’s Beautiful Body Project Volume 1:Mothers

Just because it isn't the 1800's doesn't mean I can't be a bathing beauty

Just because it isn’t the 1800’s doesn’t mean I can’t be a bathing beauty

Growing up I remember watching my sisters fuss with outfits, makeup, hair and more outfits, before leaving the house. It was because of this long production of getting ready to just go to the video rental store to pick a movie to watch at home, that I decided to hang out with the boys, more so than girls.

When I was much younger I loved girlie things; like cutting my hair, painting my face, singing to the flowers, as if my life were a Disney musical.

As I neared sixth grade I began to realize it was ok to have a  bad hair day and wear clothes that I was comfortable in.

I was still self-conscious about my appearance. I had Napoleon Complex and when time came I even lied about my height on my driver’s license to make the 5′ mark. I was well aware of the perception others imposed about wearing certain items for certain body types, but I was rarely one to think that way.

I wasn’t immune to bad wardrobe blunders and hairstyles that were unattractive to my face shape, but I was glad to experiment and made it a rule to not stand in front of a mirror for more than a minute.

As an adult this has not changed. Society, media, and even some people I hung out with were constantly telling me I needed to lose weight, hang out in certain circles or go after certain jobs. Eventually, those people came and went, I stopped listening to the media, and I went after jobs that were interesting to me.

I’ve dealt with severe depression over the years but have used it as my  journey to rediscovering my own self-worth. So whenever I hear women like Jennifer Lawrence telling young girls to love their bodies, or Ellen DeGenres pointing out how photoshoping models has gone too far, I can’t help but smile and feel better about who I am as a woman.

photo: Jade Beall

photo: Jade Beall

When I came across Jade Beall’s work I got goose bumps and couldn’t help but be happy. I felt the same exhilaration when I jumped out a plane for the first time; l felt liberated. It was the approval and appreciation for my own journey as a woman. My genetics were no longer something to be ashamed of, but celebrated. I believe men and women, need to feel that same liberation and know that their journey is worth being acknowledged. Our bodies are not problems to be fixed with diet pills and unrealistic surgeries. It is because of this that I would like to recognize Jade Beall and all of her models as #InspirationalWomen.

Many women from all backgrounds joined Jade Beall’s movement to create a stunning book of photographs and life stories acknowledging and celebrating the journey of: motherhood, aging, cancer, still-births, miscarriages, weight-gain, weight-loss, dysmorphia, and more. Jade hasn’t stopped there; her next project features “Wise Women Over 50”.

You can buy a copy of the Beautiful Body Project, Volume 1: Mothers by clicking here

Please visit her site www.abeautifulbodyproject.com to see what other amazing projects she has planned for subsequent volumes and how you can be a part of her movement.

 

OHFH a Roozt Approved Brand

by: Cinthya Rubio, Marketing and Communications Director @ Our Hands For Hope

It’s official… we are now on Roozt.com!!

At Roozt, every purchase makes a difference. All featured brands are fashion-forward companies that are making a positive impact in their community, environment, with their employees, or with humanity as a whole. Also Roozt provides a meal to an American in need for every new member who joins Roozt.com. Membership is absolutely free.

So click on the link below and check us out on Roozt.com
http://goo.gl/XXB3FP

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We are now a Roozt Approved Brand!

Press: Showcasing at Fashion Market Northern California

We’re in the press!

This last month we had the privilege of attending and showcasing at the Fashion Market Northern California in San Mateo. We met some great people, made lasting connections, wrote orders for some fantastic new stores and got to show more people the talent behind Our Hands for Hope. Read below to see the full article that was in the California Apparel News.

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Steady Regional Business at FMNC for Established Brands and New Resources

By Sarah Wolfson | Thursday, June 27, 2013

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Business was steady and productive at Fashion Market Northern California, held June 23–25 at the San Mateo County Event Center.The regional trade show served as a showcase for returning and new brands, including several with a sustainable or philanthropic message, according to FMNC Executive Director Suzanne De Groot.

OPEN PLAN: FMNC's open-booth floor plan makes it easy for buyers to preview the collection.

June markets, which typically showcase Holiday merchandise, tend to be smaller but bring in loyal buyers looking for Immediate deliveries and necessity goods.

Don Reichman, an exhibitor at FMNC, said this is an important market particularly because it falls between the large LA shows in March for Fall and in October for Spring. Reichman is treasurer of the Golden Gate Apparel Association (GGAA), which organizes the FMNC show.

Northern California stores can come to the June FMNC show to fill in orders for Holiday. Retailers from Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado came to the show, particularly because it is easy to shop, he said.

Napa Valley, Calif.–based retailer Barbara Wiggins of Mustard Seed described FMNC as more convenient for her than other markets. “I love this show. You can find it all, and everyone is so nice. I am shopping for an annual fashion-show fundraiser for Queen of the Valley Medical Center and looking to find pieces specifically for the event, knowing I will find it all here,” Wiggins said.

Steve Alpert, president of GGAA, said when he asks retailers why they attend the show, feedback is always consistent. “It is the friendliest show to attend, and that has become a theme for us,” he said, crediting the open-booth format and the quality of vendors.

“Exhibitors know not to push buyers, so retailers are treated with respect,” Alpert said.

Returning exhibitor Gabriela Shultz of Adorn Thyself showroom in San Francisco said although the first two days were steady, the last day of the show typically was “jamming.” Shultz carries brands such as American Colors, a collection of tunic shirts in a range of fabrications that wholesale for $79–$95.

Myrrhia Resneck, owner of Myrrhia Fine Knitwear, was a first-time FMNC exhibitor who released her collection in February 2012. Her merchandise—which ranges from sweaters to cardigans, scarves, dresses and tops—comes in merino wool, organic California-grown cotton and Tencel. Wholesale price points for accessories start at $20 and go up to $40 while garments range from $60 to $130.

“I would love for my designs to speak for themselves, but [being eco-friendly] is a part of my own concern,” Resneck said. “I want to produce apparel in a sustainable and ethical manner.” Resneck said she wants to make clothes that help women succeed in their professional careers while helping them still express their individuality and not be in some kind of uniform.

By the second day of the show, her expectations were met. Resneck said she established new relationships with boutique owners and landed several orders. The Oakland, Calif.–based apparel brand participated in FMNC because it was the most cost-effective approach, and after attending, she said, “Everyone was supportive, and the organizers were [equally] committed in making sure everyone is successful at the show. There is almost a community here.”

Global reach

Several exhibitors at FMNC were showing hand-crafted apparel and accessories from companies with a humanitarian mission.

Napa Valley–based apparel company Our Hands for Hope produces apparel and accessories hand-knit in Peru.

Founded by Terisa Brooks-Huddleston, the company was created in partnership with two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Creation Peru and New Hope International, according to Cinthya Rubio, Our Hands for Hope’s marketing specialist.

While Huddleston is responsible for 90 percent of the design process, it is a collaboration between the designer and the knitters. All of the pieces are named after the Peruvian women. The company currently employs 60 people in Peru but is expanding.

“It is a fair-trade business,” Rubio said, adding that everything is made-to-order. “We try to make the process as efficient as possible, and, so far, it has been working.”

Each piece is made from Alpaca with some wool and acrylic blends to keep the shape of the item. Large blankets can wholesale up to $174 while a headband wholesales for much lower.

Our Hands for Hope primarily retails to local specialty boutiques but recently landed an order with the Denver International Airport. “We pulled a lot people in here at market because they are attracted to our [brand] story,” Rubio said.

Sasa Designs jewelry is produced by a team of deaf artisans in Kenya under the direction of a nonprofit organization that invests its profits into services for the deaf. Sasa provides training, administration and a workshop where the jewelry makers can work independently. Wholesale price points for the delicately beaded necklaces and bracelets range between $4 and $20.

“We try and minimize our external influence to focus on sales and marketing and a bit of management, but our main focus is empowering these women,” said Megan MacDonald, Sasa’s director of global enterprise. “Our motto is to create timeless pieces that we can update season to season with color and materials so we are not retraining every time we produce a new line. Most of what I do is putting colors and concepts together versus complete redesign. So the wire techniques that are used in the new line are a reflection of trying to bring a little of Kenya in everything we do.”

MacDonald, who splits her time between Kenya and California, was upbeat about the buyer response at FMNC. “It has been great here at market,” she said. “Although it started slow, I picked up new vendors in diverse locations. I don’t want to saturate a particular town.”

Partners Cynthia Carle and Elaine Aronson of Oofkas make cuffs to accessorize a jacket or an outfit. A portion of their sales goes to Girls Learn International, an organization that encourages education around the world, including India, Pakistan and Africa. The Los Angeles–based company offers three styles, ranging from basic denim and gray to flashier versions, wholesale priced from $12.50 to $19.50.

Carle and Aronson showed their line at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas earlier this year but said it was too overwhelming. “This [show] is much smaller and very friendly,” Carle said.

Huffington Post/Marlo Thomas

We are so excited here at Our Hands For Hope to be featured on Huffington Post Impact page and MarloThomas.com

Here is the quote from Marlo…Yep we’re on first name terms right now…

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don’t have to hang on to an old dream that has stopped nurturing us — that there is always time to start a new dream. This week’s story is about one woman who created a bucket list to fulfill her lifelong dreams and wound up creating jobs for over 60 women in Peru. -– Marlo, MarloThomas.com

The Mustard Seed

The mustard seed.
 
A tiny seed that is only 1-2 mm in diameter.
Photo Credit: Georgetown edu. Artist: Dorothy Woodward
Yet,…“when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree,
so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches”….
Gospel of Matthew
I don’t think it is a coincidence that our first retail store partner is,
Like the tiny mustard seed, the small beginnings of Our Hands For Hope has been planted here, and now we look forward to it’s continued growth so that the birds of the air can come and lodge in it’s branches.
We are so pleased to announce that The Mustard Seed Clothing Co. is now carrying our hand knits.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley, California, this boutique has been named
“Best clothing boutique in the Napa Valley”
for sixteen straight years in a row!
Stop by, browse the shop, and tell Barbara Wiggins the owner “thank you ” for offering Her hands to work with Our Hands so that we all can make a difference in the lives of others.
The Mustard Seed Clothing Co. 1301 Napa Town Center, Napa California

Mother’s Day Gift

Celebrate with Mom by sending her a gift that tells a story. A story about other mothers just like her, who dedicate their lives to loving their children.
Mothers, that with your purchase, will be able to feed , clothe, educate and most importantly stay home with their children while they hand knit beautiful creations for you.
Order today and receive a 25% Mother’s Day discount.
Enter product code: MOM