This month’s Edit is centered on our theme: Women, Money & Power. From salt to sea shells, currency to consumerism, our collection of products spans art, design, technology, and literature. Each piece engages with the diverse cultural significance of money and power: how we signify it, spend it, wear it, and how it influences us and the world around us. While each piece is unique in its form and function, they are all united by one thing; every company and/or product was founded and created by a woman.
Il Leone Necklace
We love London-based jewelry designer Rosh Mahtani’s debut collection for its classic beauty and its enduring symbolism, taking inspiration from Dante Alighieri, a 13th-century Italian poet whose work is still relevant today. Crafted from an antique Venetian coin, the Il Leone necklace was designed to be worn as a reminder to be courageous.
Inflation by Alice Shaw
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Veteran artist Alice Shaw’s work has a way of making you stop and think about everyday objects (from quilts to parking meters) and what gives them worth. In her work, “Inflation,” she challenges the very premise of the value of a dollar bill, our dependence on money and how closely it’s tied to our identity and sense of self.
With our first issue deeply rooted in the complicated nature of women, money, and power, we couldn’t leave out this timely and groundbreaking book from author Naomi Alderman. Though spoiler alert, the novel doesn’t advocate for a more equal or utopic world, it’s a direct response to the current state of affairs and a thrilling read for women and men (it made Obama’s “best books I read in 2017” list) alike.
Lauren Greenfield is a provocateur. And in Generation Wealth, in a series of 500 stunning photographs, she deconstructs global wealth, examining what it means to both the people who have and the people who want it.
World Salt Tower
These hand-harvested salts, featured on the female-founded Food52, take us on a world tour from Hawaii to the Himalayas, reminding us that salt used to be an ancient form of currency. In fact, the word “salary” stems from the Latin word “salarium,” meaning “salt money.”
Damariscotta Oyster Dish
Ceramics founder Alison Evans uses her work as an outlet to explore ideas about the female identity and challenge her own “prejudices about the physical, social, and political constraints and freedoms of being a woman." Given seashells have historically been viewed as both feminine and symbols of good fortune, this one is even more perfect when doubling as a coin dish.
Pursoma Bath Salts
With a cultural shift towards a more mindful approach to work and life, we would argue that time is a new form of currency. Shannon Vaughn embraces the value of both salt and self-care with her powerful detox bath soaks and modern wellness aids made from mineral-rich ingredients.
Comme des Garcons Wallet
Japanese fashion designer, Rei Kawakubo—the founder and Creative Director of the gender-bending label Comme des Garcons—hits the mark once again with her classic and timeless glazed leather wallet. As always, Kawakubo’s designs achieve both effortlessness and assertiveness.
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Remember those savings bonds from your grandparents? Littlefund leverages modern technology to bring an old-school product into the 21st century. Covering everything from baby showers to birthdays, Littlefund offers a better way to gift cash to children and young adults, and helps parents set the foundation for their child’s financial future.
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