Denim with a cause. I’m really loving my denim collections. It’s nice to design fashion jewelry and accessories that will actually mean something to someone. After attending the Denim After Dark event, I am unable to look at anything Denim in the same way again. This is a good thing.

If you don’t know about Denim After Dark, it is a supported effort that began after an 18-year-old woman was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor. What really began the movement of Denim After Dark however is due to the fact  that the initial conviction was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court,  “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them… and by removing the jeans… it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
The following excerpt is from Denim After Dark:
“Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans to show solidarity with the victim. While the Court did eventually scrap this “denim” defense in 2008, women across the country and eventually throughout the United States stood up in protest. Today, many U.S. states recognize Denim Day on the last Wednesday in April, and supporters wear denim as a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.”

In business and in life, it should be about people. Even more, with each design I contemplate how that particular piece of denim jewelry will impact whomever purchases it. Why did they choose it? How does this jewelry convey their thoughts and expectation for the look they are creating? By choosing a particular denim jewelry, are they too supporting Denim After Dark and Denim Days? Are they standing for something?

Denim after Dark and Denim Days are both bringing awareness to sexual assaults. I am thankful that my mind contemplates the persons who will be wearing each piece of my denim jewelry. I am thankful that I’m doing something I love and at the forefront is a conscious awareness of others.

Note To Self: Always challenge yourself to seek out Christ purpose for you and through you. Always challenge yourself to seek how Christ is using the gifts He has given you to minister to others, to challenge others, and to support each other.

Love and Blessings Always,

EV

 

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