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What inspired you to start Equal Hands?

I was inspired to start Equal Hands after working in the fashion
industry for over 20 years and discovering how harmful it is to both people and the planet. I realized that we can prevent negative outcomes if we are more conscious as consumers and I wanted to reflect that in a brand. Through travel and visiting artisans in different countries, I was able to witness their talent and traditional techniques firsthand and felt that they deserved more recognition. I discovered an important role I could play in promoting these cultures and sharing their stories with the world.

What is your favorite part about working with artisans from around the world?

My favorite…

Sustainable fashion has become popular over the last few years as an answer to the damaging effects of fast fashion. Find out more about its history here.

The fashion industry is one of the biggest global polluters and is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions. At the rate the fast fashion industry is growing, it’s predicted that it will use up an estimated quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. The microfibers produced by washing clothes made with synthetic fibers and chemicals are also largely responsible for polluting the oceans and destroying the world’s coral reefs.

As a…

Sustainable fashion brands are better for shoppers and the planet. Check out some key reasons you should choose sustainable fashion.

An ecologically sustainable lifestyle that will benefit you and the planet.

Dozens of systemic climate and environmental issues have come to light in the past few decades, such as water scarcity, plastic pollution, global warming, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and coral reefs, to name just a few, and the fashion industry is a major contributor.

Many blame so-called “fast fashion” brands, which focus on low cost, high trend (and high turnover as the trend fades) as the source of the biggest problems within the industry. …


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Over 10 years ago I arrived in the land of opportunity in search of the American Dream. Due to my language barrier (I grew up speaking Spanish), communicating was a struggle and connecting with others was hard.

Let alone creating a resume. Virtually impossible. At least one thing was clear to me. I wanted to work in retail.

So I did what made sense: walk into every retail store in the mall and apply for any entry-level jobs, just to get my foot in the door and the opportunity to prove myself.

Starting out with tasks like folding clothes and…

I often wonder how many of us are in a place in our lives, right this minute, where we arrived at after following the path that our society or our family has carved out for us. Your father was a doctor or a lawyer, so it was only natural you became one too? Sound familiar?

Staying on the beaten path, getting those health care benefits, the full 401K, the lovely house and the car. The life society has pictured for us. But all the while living life on autopilot, living it in reverse if you will. …

The idea of hiring a wardrobe stylist is an intimidating and new concept for many people. But if you are considering updating your wardrobe or have a desire to change your style, finding a wardrobe stylist might be a great option for you! But before deciding to hire professional help, you might be wondering…… In this blog post, we share all the information needed to make a decision.

Who is a Wardrobe Stylist?

A wardrobe stylist or fashion stylist is a consultant who selects clothing for public appearances, events, and editorial features, usually for a celebrity or public figure. Wardrobe stylists can be a part…

The thought of hiring a personal fashion stylist might be a completely new idea to you. So, the concept of hiring an online personal stylist probably sounds even crazier! How can a person know what looks good on me through a computer screen? With the continuous creation of new technology, we are more innovative than ever and are utilizing technology to enhance our lives in a variety of ways. Before technology, you would never think that getting into a stranger’s car or offering strangers to stay at your home would be widely accepted concepts. But with the creation of new…

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Every day your schedule is torn between: With the rising of social media, handling your plans, attending networking events, and finding new ways to bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life. We are so busy that we often forget the need to follow up with the new relationships we created, and the old ones!

We have to be honest with ourselves; there is no time out of our busy schedule to touch base or check in with old friends or new networking relationships. So how do we ensure that we stay connected? The truth is we have to make time. …

As a New Yorker who has gone on countless dates, I now can offer my personal advice on what to wear on a first date. In a city where there is a variety of possible date activities, I have acquired copious experience on how to dress according to where your date is taking you. I know all too well the first date jitters that we all feel when trying to pick out the right outfit that will make a great first impression. With my experience in the New York dating scene and my fashion expertise, I finally perfected the art…

New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world with more than 60 million tourists a year! It is no wonder why it is a popular attraction with its immense influence in fashion, art, music, and culture. However, because of its endless list of activities, packing for a trip to New York City can be a bit daunting. To prepare for all that the city has to offer, no matter the season, here are our must-have items to pack when traveling to New York!

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Monica Phromsavanh

Founder of EQUAL HANDS 😎 Fashion Ecologically and Socially Sustainable Lifestyle Brand. Every purchase is positively impacting the world♻️

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