Supporters of Love

Saturday, January 1, 2011

This Week's Challenge: Support a Domestic Violence Survivor "Retro-Style"

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Some designers and clothiers get mired in the frivolty of the fashion industry, never reaching the dark recesses of their creative minds where the great work hides.  This is not so for Veronica Cizmar whose horrific story, read here,  has spurred her to do great things in her own life as well as the lives of others.  Featured in "Romantic Homes Magazine," "Hollywood Weekly E!," and "Northern Virginia Magazine," Cizmar is the proud owner of the online store, Some Like it Vintage, where she takes the garments of yesteryear and turns them into cinematically romantic threads for today's most stylish of fashion fanciers.  She also has her own clothing line called Creative Vintage, fashioning retro reruns into chic designs with a modern twist.  Fashionista as she may be, Cizmar has turned the sometimes frivolous world of fashion into a platform for social purpose.  Each sale results in a 10% donation to women's shelters and causes.

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 Adding to her humanitarian work, vintage is by default eco-friendly. Recycling clothing helps the environment by using little or no energy resources. Cizmar also uses bio-degradable products when possible for cleaning procedures.  A wonderful way for all of us to participate and show our altruistic side on a more global scale is by purchasing vintage and incorporating it into our daily wardrobe.

Symbolic to her own life, redesigning and reconstructing vintage garments extends them a second life. Putting a modern feel to a vintage garment while maintaining respect for its history could be considered quite a cathartic activity for us all. Items are carefully chosen to incorporate function, practicality, wearability, and style. The quality of vintage clothing often surpasses anything made today and is a fun and unique way to shop.

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Cizmar is putting something beautiful in a world where she knows horror does truly exist.  Intent on spreading the message that women should earn their own livings and increase their self-confidence, she is commited to giving back while actively chasing her own dreams, even if they are decorative enough to enchant the most superfluous of the fashion industry.  She gives us all a new way of looking at philanthropy, not only in fashion, but in our day to day lives.

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  1. interesting story! Beautiful dresses!


  2. The first dress is gorgeous!

  3. awesome... thanks for sharing! there's a lovely organization here, the YWCA, supports victims of domestic violence. let us all be vigilant!
    <3 mode.

  4. all the dresses are absolutely STUNNING. so impressive! we should definitely support such causes :)

  5. loving the retro vibe. pretty fabulous! :-)