October 4th, 2012 / posted by paularath

Join Roberta Oaks and Chris Akin on First Friday  for a trunk show with

The Base Project

5pm – 9pm

Founded by twin brothers Chris and Doug Akin,  The Base Project partners with artisan entrepreneurs in the developing world to help actualize their potential and acts as a bridge for artisans to export their goods to global markets and to enhance their basic business skills.

The artisans have hand carved their traditional tribal designs into reclaimed PVC pipe. Each piece is a one of a kind, handmade piece of art.

These unisex cuffs are fair trade and made with recycled materials.

Priced at  $18 – $35, it;’s an easy – and chic – way to do good.




Don’t forget to make a foray to Merchant Street, where Catherine’s Closet Vintage Boutique will be hosting a special First Friday event. In addition to their costume collection and new vintage arrivals they will also have a special trunk show of sterling silver jewelry by Silpada. Come dressed in silver and black and receive 10% off of your entire purchase.

While you’re there, it’s definitely not too early to be thinking about Halloween costumes. Catherine’s Closet has a fabulous Hat Bar where you can try to your heart’s content. Sometimes all a “costume” needs is the perfect hat or fascinator.

Or look for a whole new vintage outfit to wear to that Halloween party. Mark my words: The new film version of “Great Gatsby” will be sending fashion in a new direction. Find something from the roaring ’20s at Catherine’s Closet or let Catherine play with you to find a look that’s Gatsby-esque.

– Paula Rath.

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