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What Mama Really Wants May 14 2017

"I want you" were the words that caught my attention. A friend's Facebook post turned out to be anonymous message to her children. She asked to share it and when I did it seem to strike a cord with over 100 page likes. Could a simple request for Mother's Day be so simple? You be the judge.

"Every year (well, maybe not every year) my child asks me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I'd give her my real answer:
What do I want for Mother's Day?
I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your friends around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about school, your job, your worries, your friends. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don't care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I know how. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work.
Raid the refrigerator, help yourself, I really don't mind. In fact, I wouldn't want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you , I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Mother's Day, I say "nothing" because you've already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.❤️❤️

If you feel the same way, feel free to copy and paste... I did!
Time and memories mean more than any material item I could ever receive."  Anonymous Mom

Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Happy Mother's Day! 

Laurie

 


Why you need to ditch your fast fashion and be the change this Earth Day April 16 2017

Earth Day is coming up and we are so excited! While we love to celebrate the Earth and continue to work to protect, we think it’s important that our message is spread.

Today, everyone is familiar with the threat of global warming and the impact we as humans have made on the environment. However, when it comes to recycling and watching what our products are made of, it’s easy to prioritize convenience first. While there is a lot of talk about energy consumption, we sometimes forget about the textile industry.

Surprise, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world. Oh, and second only to the oil industry! The image that comes to our minds when we think of pollution is often sewage and smog, not that trendy blouse you’re wearing. Quick and cheap clothes continue to leave an incredibly huge carbon footprint on the world. We promise to keep our footprint small and our impact big.

 You may be wondering what sustainability actually means. The words has become a “buzz word” for a lot of things and can get lost in translation. Basically, it means using a resource that is not going to be depleted or permanently damaged. Our products are made from recycled eco-cotton and locally sourced materials. We are also made in the United States, so you can be confident in your purchase.

Purchasing Farm2Fashion is just one way you can implement eco-friendly living into your life. Our items will easily become a staple that you’ll never want to take off. From season to season and year to year, they will never go out of style. 

Join our mission and put in that extra effort to make a difference. Carpool, create a compost pile, recycle, stop using those plastic bottles, and shop green! Not only will you look stunning in our fashion forward pieces, you can feel amazing too! We want to make it easy for you to participate in Earth Day and continue to protect the environment every day.

Be sure to shop our new spring line!


Made in America Blankets and Pillows: Show your true Red, White, and Blue! June 30 2015

This July 4th, celebrate American-made with our recycled eco-cotton throws, and pillows, all with beautiful, original red, white and blue designs. If it's important to you to buy local and buy American, look to Farm2Fashion for locally designed, sourced and manufactured products that honor the tradition of the American craftsman, with updated, stylish designs. Our lines of home fashions and wearable fashions were born right here in the Historic Hudson Valley, where so much of our Country's history happened.

July 4th is about honoring the birth of our Country, and the hard work and determination of our forefathers and mothers. The pride they took in creating textiles, furnishings, tools and more is a daily inspiration to us at Farm2Fashion. We strive to preserve their work ethic, by supporting our local farmers, local manufacturing, and local people.

The USA is known worldwide for its independent thinking, creativity, and tenacity. Farm2Fashion is a brand that reflects and honors this great tradition. As owner of the company, I hope to instill a dedication to excellence in my company, my staff and our apparel, blankets and accessories.

We created our red, white & blue Americana Collection to honor all the men and women who have come before us. We hope that these ideals and values show our love and pride as creators and manufacturers of genuine, heirloom-quality, American-made products.

From hand-crocheted pillows to cozy blankets and throws, our heirloom-quality luxury collection is ethically designed and beautifully detailed. When you choose a Farm2Fashion design, you support independent farmers, craftsmen, and designers. At Farm2Fashion, we are dedicated to creating products that are American made, sourcing natural fibers such as wool, mohair, baby alpaca and eco-cotton that are luxurious and easy on the environment. Dress yourself—and your home—in chic, sustainable Farm2Fashion!

Our blankets, throws and pillows make great wedding, graduation, retirement and perfect hostess gifts. Nothing feels better than our soft, cuddly blanket on a cool summer night!

Click here for our throws and pillows.


A Father's Special Gift - Sweetness and Sustainability June 21 2015

The new generation of young fathers do it all, from dishes to diapers and so much more. Fortunately, they will often take time out of their busy day to share their inner feelings, hopes and dreams for the future of their children. I had the pleasure of asking new father, Steve Wilson, a few questions about what is like to take care of his first child and the importance of sustainable living to the development of a young family.

My Birthday Decree: Get over your Hill! April 19 2015


Sheesh, it’s my birthday again today! I am supposedly “over the hill.” Yet if it weren’t for the mirrors in my house, I feel energized, like I could be celebrating turning 30. As many of you know, I have made some pretty bold (and scary) moves recently. Without a doubt, launching my own fashion line has been the bravest and craziest thing I’ve ever done. Over the hill? Not quite!

Ironically, it was a job loss that galvanized me into developing our Farm2Fashion brand. Forging ahead is easier to do when you’re younger but after years of your life, working 12-hour days in frenzied New York City, it is difficult to reboot. Yet, ever since the idea of starting my own business took root, I have never worked harder or been more excited at the prospect of executing my own creative vision.

I am truly blessed and grateful to have reinvented myself as an entrepreneur and am always touched when friends and customers reach out to me because they share in our values — that the products Farm2Fashion creates have lasting resonance, that they’re more than just another pretty thing. The support from friends, the local community and many online customers has been overwhelming; I could not have made it through the past year without you.



So my motto for 2015 is best captured by Mumford and Sons:

Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

A million Thank Yous!
Laurie


Made in USA Wool: CNBC Features Farm2Fashion September 19 2014

We are pleased that Farm2Fashion was featured on the CNBC Small Business website in the article: ‘Crazy’ Innovative: How One Entrepreneur is Reviving ‘Made in USA’ Wool. The story focuses on specialty American wool and yarn producers, with an emphasis on innovative small to mid-sized companies dedicated to the American Made Movement.

 

Farm2Fashion is a small apparel maker devoted to turning American wool into sweaters, throws, blankets and other accessories. Founder of farm2fashion Laurie Perrone, based in Cornwall, N.Y., said she wanted to support independent American farmers and crafts people. Her raw materials also come from Pennsylvania—not abroad. By sourcing locally, Perrone said she's able to design and react immediately to customer and inventory needs. "We're really answering the speed-to-market problem," she said.

 

Read the full story here


Made in America Fashions: Farm2Fashion Laurie Perrone Featured in WWD September 14 2014

F2F’s Laurie Perrone was featured in Women’s Wear Daily’s “What They Said” column, sharing her philosophy and values for the company. She states:

We want to work with companies that have a strong consumer connection, that understand what it means to be a sustainable company and that believe in the Made in America movement. — Laurie Perrone

Read the full article here.