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Meet Venus & assorted updates

Well, it has been a busy, busy Spring. I spent the day before Mother’s (or Mothers’ Day) being muddy, wet, and cold at Cylburn Arboretum’s Market Day. It’s a lovely event, however the weather did not cooperate. At least I did not get sun stroke.

This weekend was absolutely gorgeous, and spent it in Rockville, Maryland. (Yes, it’s the same Rockville, at least according to wikipedia, as in that R.E.M. song (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville. And, now try getting that out of your head.

I was a vendor in the little, new Green Expo section of the city’s Hometown Holidays, which marked its 20th year this weekend. Loads of people, loads of dogs, loads of food and music. As usual, I had fantastic neighbors, including Community Forklift, best described as a cross between Home Depot and Goodwill.

As always, I met some really fantastic Rockvillians and some other Montgomery County denizens. And, sold a few bags and scarves, which never, ever hurts. I certainly hope that the new Green Expo isn’t a one-time deal, since I look forward to being there next year. Perhaps you’ll be able to join me.

And, now for a massive change in subject:

I want to introduce you to Venus. Once you see my new employee (she is signing up for Mannequins and Inanimate Models local 6332 any day now!) who will model Three Stone Steps’ bags. For those of you who cannot join me at live events, or get to one of Three Stone Steps’ many fine retailers, Venus should assist you with getting a good sense of bag sizes and styles.

Here we go:

<—-Venus (ok, I know the name is a bit too obvious) is modeling the Fellini Pannolini Bag. While Venus is about six feet tall and a size 2 (don't get jealous, she doesn't have any hair or arms, so there!) so keep that in mind when figuring out how the bag would look on a more normally sized person.

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Venus is showing off the Mingus Flat Cross Body Bag.
You can see just how stylin’ she is in this, and you can be stylin’ too.

Again, these bags should be up and on the Three Stone Steps site in the next few weeks. They will also be at retailers from Alaska to Washington (the state and ournationscapital) in the next few weeks as well.

In the meantime, I will be spending this coming weekend at the Charles Village Festival in Baltimore. And, I’m giving Venus the day off. If you’re in the area, please come by and say ‘hi.’


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Adieu, Asia

This is my last night in Asia. It’s been a relatively quick and relatively eventful trip. I’m excited to get back to Baltimore (well, as excited as one can be when confronted with close to 20 hours of flying….and, in coach!).

Here as some of the new offerings on tap: new bags made from mosquito netting, and made especially for Three Stone Steps. One is specifically a women’s bag, and two others are unisex. There will be a man’s wallet, too. In addition to mosquito netting, some of these items will be offered in a woven black plastic bag material. Just wait until you see them!

I’ll be some of the same great cotton and silk bags, but with some tweaking, and in some fantastic new colors. And, new, fantastic cosmetic bags are coming soon.

Anyway, there’s more of course. But, I have a very early morning flight, and must try to get some sleep.

I promise some photos and more tales of travel soon.

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From the better late than never deparment: determining sweatshop-free status when shopping

Since I work at home most of time, I listen to the entire NPR lineup when going through all the daily tasks of owning a small business. I was a bit pleasantly surprised when Talk of the Nation dedicated part of its show to discussing how to determine if the item you want to buy as that oh so perfect gift was made in a sweatshop.

Well, good for you NPR, but wasn’t this, coming about a week before people actually exchange presents, a bit too late. And, should people already be aware of where and how their gifts are made?

NPR made this sound like detective work. It isn’t. Someone called up and said that they had the National Green Pages before them, which listed items that were not just ‘green,’ but also sweatshop-free and/or fair trade. You want to know what a stamp of approval from Co-op America looks like? Well, I just so happen to have one right here, on Three Stone Steps’ main landing page. (You need to scroll to the bottom.) Businesses how have fair trade logos, which Three Stone Steps also hopes to get for this year, also have their logo. Anyway, what this all means is that someone cared enough and took the time to submit an application to a panel that judges the merits of ‘fair trade’ thoroughly.

Among the panelists, (I would say taking heads, but this is radio, so I guess it’s talking mouths) was Dana Thomas, who wrote a book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster. I read a review of this book in the NYT book review, and remember it sounding fascinating, yet I don’t reading anything about the conditions under which ‘luxury’ goods are made. Of course, this could just be the reviewer skipping over this point, or my quick read, but I found it interesting that the discussion was more about determining if the Made in America label meant anything, or if something is made in Italy, does it mean its sweatshop free?

So, Three Stone Steps is its own label. No one is going to wear a silk scarf, carry a silk, cotton, or recycled material handbag based on my ‘branding.’ But, I know under what conditions the items I carry are made, and take pride in only buying from the most just and humane producers.

Now, what luxury brand can say that?

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More bags and wallets, and in record time

I’m happy to report that I received a new shipment of the great mosquito net messenger, laptop, and travelers bags and wallets from Cambodia. And, it arrived in record time.

There are great colors for fall and winter, including O’s orange traveler’s bags, just a perfect accessory as you go trick or treating. Also, laptop bags in green, iridescent, copper, and silver.

It’s always so exciting when the boxes arrive. Please take a look!

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