Local Love: Rachel DeCavage of Cinder + Salt

Local Love Cinder-Salt feature via @poorandpretty

Welcome to the second Local Love post, where I interview my favorite Connecticut creators. Missed out on the first one? Go back and read my interview with Brittany Morgan, the sassy hand lettering latté and confetti addict behind Glitter & Bold.

Every entrepreneur has a fellow entrepreneur (or a few) they aspire to be — someone who’s a little further along the path, who you look to for advice during those (frequent) moments of self-doubt. While I admire all of my fellow boss babes, Cinder + Salt‘s Rachel DeCavage is kind of my Fairy Bossmother. (She’s going to hate that.) Rachel and I met at a craft fair in 2011 and became fast friends, working together on lots of collaborations along the way.

Local Love Cinder + Salt

Rachel is confident and fearless when it comes to her business, Cinder + Salt (previously sugarplumUSA), her line of low-impact clothing, accessories, and housewares. You might’ve seen me wearing her Dreamcatcher Tank or remember my post about her #LikeABoss Collection. Her hand-drawn designs are uniquely hers, and each t-shirt, sweater, and necktie is screen printed by hand in her East Hartford studio. Cinder + Salt is inspired by the residue of a weekend well spent; the scent of campfire on your clothes and the taste of salt water on your skin.


{ Octopus Tank }

Sami: When did you start making?
Rachel: I’ve always been someone who makes things… I get it from my grandma, I suppose, who taught my sisters and I how to hook rugs when we were like 3 years old. I was using a thread and needle before I knew how to write. Spending my life working with fibers, in many different formats, and growing up alongside my dad’s commercial printing business seems to have very neatly defined my career path.

Continue reading…

SHARE ON  
FacebookGoogle+PinterestTwitter

Catch Poor & Pretty + sugarplum USA at Hartford HodgePodge 9/22 & 10/20

Hartford HodgePodge 2013 - poor and pretty and sugarplum

I’m super stoked to announce that I will be representing both Poor & Pretty and sugarplum USA at Hartford HodgePodge for two dates this season! While Rachel is kicking butt up in Boston through the end of October, I’ll be in hanging out on Pratt Street  in Hartford with cupcake soaps and eco-friendly clothing. Swing by this coming Sunday, September 22nd, and October 20th, from 11-4pm. You won’t be able to miss our booth ’cause it will be a massive color explosion.

Poor and Pretty SOWA 2013

sugarplum usa shop summer 2013

SHARE ON  
FacebookGoogle+PinterestTwitter

New hangtags on my cupcake soaps!

Poor and Pretty cupcake soaps new hangtags

I’ve been working on these new hangtags for my cupcake soaps for a few months, and I’m so happy with them! They’re professionally printed by 4over4, so I no longer have to print them at home, cut them out individually, handwrite the names on them… yeah, it’s saving me a good amount of time ;)

Here’s a closeup of my Plumeria cupcake soap tag:

new Plumeria hangtags - Poor and Pretty

They’re printed on 100% postconsumer waste paper with eco-friendly/vegetable-based inks, and I only use one tag per soap now, so they’re much more sustainable. What do you think?

SHARE ON  
FacebookGoogle+PinterestTwitter

Happy Earth Day!

True story: when I was younger, my dad used to make us go out on Earth Day and pick up trash in the neighborhood. We’d be out there for a few hours, and it was amazing how much we would pick up. It’s another cherished family tradition I have, and it gave me real respect for our planet. We only made a small difference, but it was a difference nonetheless.

Trashion Fashion Show 2013 Hartford City Hall

This year, I’m traveling to North Carolina for a business trip, so I won’t be picking up trash, but I did go to the Trashion Fashion Show again! It’s truly incredible what can be created with items we’d normally just chuck in the garbage — paper plates, straws, gum wrappers, tissue paper, newspaper, etc. A snapshot of the “grand finale” of designs:

Trashion Fashion Show 2013 - dresses

Here’s my 5-minute runway synopsis:

{Video not working? View it here.}

What are you doing to save the planet this Earth Day?

SHARE ON  
FacebookGoogle+PinterestTwitter

April 20: 3rd Annual Trashion Fashion Show in Hartford – celebrate Earth Day in sustainable style!

trashionlogo

I am excited to be vending at the 3rd Annual Trashion Fashion Show! I had so much fun last year — the outfits were just incredible. I can’t wait to see what the sustainable fashion designers have cooked up this year. Here are the details:

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Hartford City Hall: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Who: Over 20 local artists, students, and designers, including students from The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Hall High in West Hartford. Trashion models are dancers, students, professionals, and a few area celebrities — catch Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra wearing a Trashion tie down the runway! Plus, shop and play with over 20 eco-friendly vendors and presenters, including Hartford Prints, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Poor & Pretty, and more. Pick up seedlings planted in egg shells by students at The Sustainable Farm School.
What? The Trashion Fashion Show is so much more than a celebration of Earth Day. This is a community-driven effort to promote environmental awareness and the Hartford area arts scene.
How much? Suggested donation is $15. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for local children who attend The Sustainable Farm School. Get tickets here.

Still not really sure what “trashion fashion” is? Here are a few outfits from previous years, designed by sustainable fashion designer Rachel DeCavage, owner of sugarplum USA and the non-profit Evergreen Design Co.:

Trashion show dresses 2012

Trashion show dresses 2011

SHARE ON  
FacebookGoogle+PinterestTwitter