Clothing

With Love

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Though there is only one clothing item included in this special gift box, the meaning behind the gift is beyond personal to me. In memory of my dear late friends Sosé and Allen, this box is inspired by the talented and promise of a magnificent new generation full of creativity.

Take a look at the rest of the products in the beautifully crafted gift box at their website. Boxes are limited, get them fast!

Homeland Development Initiative Foundation

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hdif_sweaterAt HDIF, there are a number of clothing items for adults and children. Their knit hats, sweaters and children’s clothing have great stories behind them as they are each handmade by women with incredible stories of strength and survival. This is one of my favorite sites because they have so many great handmade products. Speaking from experience, their kids toys are amazing too.

Make sure to read the stories about the people involved and the great work you would be supporting by purchasing their handmade products.

Armoir Fashion

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I just learned about this one from an old friend. Apparently another old AYF friend started this up in good ol’ Canada. He actually has an apartment in my building in Armenia and visits all the time, so I guess he’s my Armenia harevan in a way.

It looks like he’s having artists in Armenia make the products and he is selling them globally. So in an effort to support the local artists, here’s another great way of looking and feeling good at the same time!

Michael Aram

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Oh sweet delectable beauty for my eyes, you are a gift to us all Michael Aram. Yes, I said it, you are a gift! Just visiting his website, my eyes do a happy dance. I’m sure I don’t need to say too much about Michael Aram’s products and I know he has become a household name of sorts, especially in the Armenian community. But I will add to that with a personal story.

My mother is absolutely one of his biggest fans and she went to go see him at… I want to say Bloomingdales, when he came to present his newest products. He apparently fell in love with my son, who accompanied my mother, and my son stole his glasses to slobber all over them. He was the kindest gentleman, and of course extremely creative. I shed a tear when my dog broke my only Michael Aram platter in the house. I loved that platter. But there is so much of his work available everywhere and as it is a popular gift item, it is easy to get and you are still supporting the talent of a creative Armenian by purchasing his products.

Thanks for entertaining my son, good man.

Alex and Ani

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3138468-p-4xAlex and Ani is an American company created by American Armenians with a great sense of pride in their heritage. They used to send their kids to Camp Haiastan, they were actually my campers once upon a time. So yes, I have a place in my heart for their success too. They recently made special bracelets for Camp Haiastan, but they also have the Armenian Cross Charm Bangle I think is quite beautiful too.

If you don’t know much about Alex and Ani, I recommend reading up about the owner, Carolyn Rafaelian here and here.

Gugoco

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Black-scoubidou-bracelet-2_1024x1024I actually know nothing about the creators of Gugoco, but my God their products are beautiful, and all with Armenian themes. From Smartphone cases to scarves, they have beautifully crafted each item with a twist of traditional and modern ornamentation. Just take a look at their website, you’ll see what I mean. Beautiful.

Alphabet Beard Tshirt

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The designer of this t-shirt is a good friend, a fellow designer. I just love this design, fun for people of any age. Available in several colors, it’s a cheap fun option for a gift.

Matyan Supply Co.

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Armenian Dance T-shirt, featuring an excerpt from culturally renown painter Martiros Saryan’s “Armenian Dance” painting. Design is screen printed by hand in North Hollywood on a soft, preshrunk, 100% cotton women’s “flowy” fit shirt.