IT'S never been easier to warm your neck - and your heart - thanks to Tonic (the feel-good/do-good website) and Citta (a non-profit dedicated to providing assistance to marginalised or indigenous communities). The two organizations have joined forces to create a limited edition pashmina scarf, designed by Lucy Barnes and hand-knitted by members of the Citta Himalaya Women's Centre in Nepal, with proceeds funding the new Citta Jaisalmer Women's Centre in Rajasthan, India, which will provide local women access to classes on health, hygiene and nutrition for themselves and their families.
Even more heart-warming: Thandie Newton, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, David Byrne, Susan Sarandon and other notables who have changed the world with their words were asked to select a word that holds special meaning in their lives, and the Nepalese seamstresses embroidered the chosen words onto each scarf in Sanskrit, allowing them to learn a valuable new skill they can use to fund their independence - and allowing the wearer to snuggle up in a scarf declaring their "strength" (chosen by Queen Latifah), "resolve" (Sting) and ability to "surrender" (Thandie Newton).
"I'm hoping that Citta can work with more designers to help them make exquisite, unusual products and also provide a way for very poor communities to make a fair living, have access to basic health care and educate their children," Lucy Barnes told VOGUE.COM. "I think this is also very important to the consumer - that production be ethical and environmentally sensitive throughout the whole process, from sketch to finished design in the store. If we demand it, en masse, it will happen."The scarf, available exclusively at www.tonic.com, will retail for $100 and will help 100 women in need