Archive for December, 2009

Take On the World in 2010

We wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a bright and shining new year!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Diane Sawyer Goes Global

Diane Sawyer (pictured) joins “World News” as the anchor.  Read all about it here and here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

A Worldly Style Is Born

Makeup your Christmas wish list here and then send it to your friends the world over.

Fashion houses are often named after their founding designer, but Josiane Pividal went about it differently. In 1983 Josiane and her husband Joseph, an interior designer, created their label, “Lolita Lempicka”, in homage to Nabokov’s novel and to the painter Tamara de Lempicka. As the fashion house took off, the couple found it simpler to change their names to Lolita and Joseph-Marie Lempicka.

Lolita / Josiane was born in Bordeaux in 1954. She first learned how to sew from her mother, a trouser-maker who worked from home. In the 1970s Lolita started redesigning second-hand clothes, managing to make them look new and original. In 1984 she and her husband opened their first boutique in Paris’s Marais district, and it became an instant success.

Although her designs are often inspired by the 1940s, they always strike a playful balance between the modern and the nostalgic. She became famous for her exquisitely tailored suits, infusing classical Parisian styles with fresh femininity.

The Lempicka company rapidly expanded into the international marketplace. In 1987 they signed on Kashiyama to direct their boutiques in Japan, and created a junior diffusion line, Lolita bis. In an attempt to make her clothing accessible to all ages and budgets she created a more basic line called Lolita Studio Design (L.S.D.) in 1995. Lolita has won several awards for — Parfums Lolita Lempicka — including Best Women’s Fragrance awarded jointly by the Fragrance Foundation and the American FIFI award in 1998.

Learn more here. Go straight to Collector’s Treasures here. Can’t decide what to buy?  Connect with a Magical Consultant here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Empower Women As You Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

Empower women as you decorate your home for the holidays or anytime soon!  One Thread Fair Trade works to train women in South India in textile arts to create beautiful cushions (shown above).  Through their initiative, the women (who are mostly victims of poverty and domestic violence) are now able to provide for their families and educate their children.

Each cushion — handcrafted from 100% eco-friendly Indian hand loom silk then detailed with shadow work and embroidery — comes with a hand-signed tag with the name of the woman that tailored the product.

Get yours here and learn more about One Thread Fair Trade here.

Learn more about the One Thread Fair Trade women artisans here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Gifts For Globetrotters That Keep On Giving

If you looking for special gifts this year that “give back,” take a look at some of the suggestions Carol Pucci, Seattle Times Newspaper staff columnist makes in her latest column.

“Giving back: Holiday gift ideas for travelers”

Here’s a sneak preview of a few:

• Help someone interested in world travel connect with a sweet-potato seller in Tanzania or a butcher in Nicaragua through This is the San Francisco nonprofit that uses the Internet to link small lenders with entrepreneurs in 187 countries, including the United States.

•  Gifts made by women in Nepal are for sale at Global Daughter (, an online fair-trade boutique started by Seattleites Erin Miller and Erika Mosebach.

•  Eugene, Ore.-based Friendship with Cambodia plans an 11-day trip in January that will weave sightseeing at the Angkor Wat temples with humanitarian work such as taking children from families with AIDS on a field trip. Details at

And one that I track via a wonderful newsletter is Global Girlfriend.  Any other ideas and suggestions?

Pictured:  Peruvian Blooming Luggage Tag at Global Girlfriend.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

How to Avoid Dumb Mistakes in China

What a powerful, practical learning lesson:  “Three Dumb Things Foreign Companies Do In China.”

1.  Failing to localize your advertising.

2.  Trying to be trendy.

3.  Not making things big.

Chinese like things big. They are proud to have the world’s largest airport, the biggest building under one roof, the tallest hotel (pictured) and even the world’s longest laundry chute (at the Park Hyatt in Shanghai). Chinese tend to equate bigger with better. They don’t feel respected and won’t buy if a brand has a tiny store that doesn’t stock the newest season’s products. They know from the Internet and from traveling abroad what exists in other markets, and they want brands to have as big a presence in China as elsewhere.

Hint on what works:

Companies that convey the message that their brands can be trusted — and also that they can meet the needs of local consumers.

Read all about it here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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