Global Lookbook: Girls Off Fifth

Janelle & Jessica of Girls Off Fifth
Location: Washington Square Park & Macelleria, New York City

We are excited to unveil our latest lookbook celebrating the #MyMinnetonka style of 10 bloggers from around the world. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring each blogger’s individual style along with a few of their favorite places to go, eat and shop world-wide.

Janelle’s Favorite Spots in NYC to:
See. Brooklyn Flea in the summer months
Eat. Cafe Mogador in East Village
Go. Central Park is the perfect retreat in the center of the city. I love to go biking in spring, sunbath in summer, watch the leaves change in fall, and ice skating in winter.
Shop. Amarcord Vintage for something old or Bloomingdale’s for something new

Jessica’s Favorite Spots in NYC to:
See. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They have an incredible collection, plus there’s a stellar rooftop that overlooks Central Park
Do. Vintage treasure hunting. NYC has some of the best vintage and thrift stores
Eat.  Macelleria, the location of my shoot!  Delish food & beautiful atmosphere
Go. Heading to Bear Mountain for a fall hike to see the foliage change is my favorite weekend getaway!
Shop.  Nolita is great. It’s the perfect mix of unique boutiques, vintage stores, and quaint cafes to recharge after a day of shopping

Featured Product: Baja Boot, Tramper Ankle Hi Boot

Me to We Student Spotlight: Mallory Dudra

Last year at We Day Minnesota, Mallory Dudra got the opportunity of a lifetime!

Mallory was the lucky winner of the Minnetonka Me to We Trip Scholarship, a $5,000 grant offered by Minnetonka that provides one student the opportunity to travel to either Nicaragua or Ecuador.  Her strong commitment to community service made her application stand out from the rest.

From volunteering with Girl Scouts, to collecting cans for the We Scare Hunger campaign, to playing her clarinet at a fundraiser for abused animals, Mallory has been making positive change in her community for years.

Expanding her service internationally, Mallory chose to travel to Ecuador this summer on her Me to We trip. On her trip, Mallory was able to experience firsthand the importance of girls’ education for development.  She had an amazing time on her trip and is inspired to continue her community service initiatives! She has career goals of working in international relations.

How are you making a difference in your community?  This November Minnetonka is celebrating the Month of Meaning. For every photo shared showing how you create meaning in your community, Minnetonka will donate $1 towards building a rain catchment system with Me to We in Marialapa, Haiti. Click here to learn more!

Store Spotlight: Lorin

Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Lorin 1354 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Today meet the Lorin team including owner Zeke, general manager and buyer Hamzi and assistant manager Vanessa.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Lorin has carried a variety of Minnetonka mocs, boots and slippers for the past seven years. Currently the most popular Minnetonka style in our store are the Kilty mocs.  Customers love the wide assortment of colors along with how they can be styled so many different ways.

What’s your favorite pair and how do you like to style them?
A staff favorite are the Hi Top Back Zip boots.  This versatile boot can be worn all year long and styled with just about anything – skirts, shorts and jeans!

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Our store is in a great location. We are two blocks from the Santa Monica beach and pier, with the famous ferris wheel and a variety of other rides.

Venice Beach is only one mile south and Malibu is only a few miles north.  A few great restaurants near our store are Boa Steak House and Trastevere with wonderful Italian food.

 

The Month of Meaning

Last fall, Minnetonka dedicated one week to raising money to build a new school room in partnership with Free the Children in Marialapa, Haiti.  This fall they broke ground to begin building the school room that will help Free The Children provide quality education and a conducive learning environment to the growing number of students in Marialapa.

Inspired by the acts of good we see young people and adults alike doing every day, we are dedicating the entire month of November to raising money in support of this community and their needs. There are two ways to get involved in this effort!

1.  1 Purchase = $1. For every purchase made on minnetonkamoccasin.com during the Month of Meaning (November), we will donate $1 to the Marialapa community.

2.  1 Photo = $1. Share your acts of good! We will donate $1 to the Marialapa community for every photo you share showing how you are making a difference in the community. Click here for more details.

 

CLEAN WATER FOR A BETTER WORLD

All of the funds raised this month will be put towards building a rain catchment system in Marialapa. This is a very dry region which has experienced significant deforestation and the water table is very low. Through the work of Free the Children, we can exploit one of Haiti’s greatest national resources – rain – through rainwater harvesting to serve the school community.

Free the Children will install eaves on all the roof surfaces and construct a reservoir to capture rain during the rainy season. The new rain catchment system will be sufficient to provide clean water to the entire school community.

WHY HAITI?

Our own factory is located in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. When the January 12, 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, the devastation that followed was very close to home. Two hundred thousand people were feared to be dead and millions were left homeless. Haitians have shown resilience in the face of grinding poverty and natural disasters. We were able to help in the earthquake recovery and continue to seek out ways to improve this community.

FREE THE CHILDREN MODEL

Adopt a Village is Free The Children’s holistic and sustainable development model designed to empower communities, break the cycle of poverty and remove barriers to education. This model has five core pillars: Education, Water & Sanitation, Health, Alternative Income & Livelihood, and Agriculture & Food Security. Each pillar serves to enhance the others, ensuring the greatest overall impact in each area of intervention and achieving long-term sustainability.