The Scough, a scarf embedded with the same high-grade germ filters that the military uses to protect against chemical warfare, is the fashionable answer to flu season. Instead of boarding the subway or walking near car exhaust with your face covered by a surgical mask, you can ward off illness in an infinitely more stylish way by sliding the front of the scarf over your mouth and ears to let its special activated-carbon filter work its magic. Scough’s Brooklyn-based founders came up the idea when they began covering their faces with scarves each winter in a doomed attempt to fight off germs and avoid the bizarre look of wearing surgical masks in public. When that didn’t work, they knew it was up to them to design a germophobe-friendly accessory that worked.
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As many of us have learned the hard way, ethically made clothing can be really, really hard to find. Shawl Wallah is a refreshing alternative to sweatshop-made scarves — the brand creates Pashminas by employing a cooperative of families in Kashmir, Northern India, where Pashmina originated. To make the beautiful scarves Shawl Wallah sells, super fine Pashmina hair is combed from goats’ coats, spun into wool, colored with vegetable dye and then handwoven in a process that can take up to two weeks for one shawl. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $25,000 to help the business grow, increase order quantities to ensure artisans have enough to live on, eventually lower the price of the product, and increase marketing for more of an opportunity to do good in the world. As they say on their Kickstarter page, the project’s aim to create more positive change ”always was, always has been, and always will be all for the kids” of Kashmir. In fact, Shawl Wallah commits to donate 20 percent of the shawls’ sale price to Save the Children to support the young people of Kashmir.
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Sometimes you just need to dress for your inner earth mama, and artist and designer Roza Khamitova’s cheerful line of scarves owl-inspired scarves will help you do exactly that. Each piece in her collection spreads out to show a feathered design based on Khamitova’s nature-based drawings, paintings and prints. I’m not sure if I could pull off having an owl’s face draped over my shoulders, but life is all about trying new things, right? Some of the other scarves in the line are a bit more subtle and attuned to the not-so-bold among us (like myself), so there’s a little something for everyone. I’m in love with the all those gorgeous, colorful details! [$120, Shovava]
Summer is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to hair. It’s the season of beachy waves and sexy curls, but also epic frizz and greasy roots. The perfect antidote? A pretty scarf! Tie one on to tame a bad hair day, draw attention to a good one, or just add some retro style to your warm weather wardrobe. Need some inspiration? Click through for 15 fab examples of ladies rocking hair scarves.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is real and it’s a menace! Help beat the winter blues by bundling up in these colorful cold weather accessories. Seriously, it’s kind of difficult to be in a shitty mood with a hot pink pom-pom hat on.