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WORDS TO LIVE by--and even more important when one lives in a foreign land. Think of Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. Sooner or later every expatariate feels lost--and must rediscover who she is and express herself in a meaningful way. The women I'm about to present uncovered their entrepreneurial spirits and became designers. They transformed their self-identities--their individual styles--into products that organically fit them as well as their new lives abroad.
I'd like to point out that what these designing women did not do was put products on the market just to make a buck, which seems to be the name of the game throughout what has become our throwaway culture. The high road of honesty, beauty, and principles--on every level--which also transcends into true style has been replaced with a mass superhighway of products that manipulate and push people's buttons. A cheap thrill.
Never forget: There is nothing more attractive--nothing more stylish or deeply, spiritually important--than authenticity. I was knocked out by each one of these women for reasons you'll soon understand.
Meet designers ...
1) Kasia Dietz
Kasia Dietz designs a line of one-of-a-kind, reversible handbags, totes, and clutches that are "made in Paris with love."