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The Congo bag and side-vented tunic from Lauren Pierce for Calypso.

By Tali Jaffe

Lauren Bush may be known for many things—she hails from one of the country’s most prominent political families, is the creator of the FEED bag and she’s soon to be married to Ralph Lauren scion, David Lauren—but above all, she’s a doer who uses her notoriety to affect change all over the world.

The latest tool in her environmental and socially conscious endeavors is her new clothing and accessories line, Lauren Pierce. Launched in 2008, Lauren Pierce (her middle name) collections are made with high quality, environmentally friendly as well as handcrafted fabrics from artisans around the world.

Each collection supports local artisans—often women—in developing countries by purchasing fabric from them, thus supporting their livelihoods and traditional crafts.

This month, Calypso St. Barth will carry a collection of Lauren Pierce pieces, made exclusively for the boho-chic store. The designs, which are hand-dyed by women living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reflect an easy, elegant sensibility that is natural and timeless, and celebrates the many rich cultures of the world in hopes of creating a universal aesthetic.

Lauren’s career in fashion may have started on the runway, but her interests lay behind the scenes. After fashion design courses at Parsons Design School in New York City and Central St. Martin's School of Art & Design in London, Lauren interned at Zac Posen's design studio.

Soon after she launched FEED in 2006, with its main product being as a simple burlap tote bag, the sales of which help feed school children around the world. To date, about 500,000 bags have been sold, which have provided more than 58 million meals.

We visited the designer at her offices in New York’s Meatpacking District where she was preparing for her Bal Harbour Magazine Style Setters shoot for the upcoming Fall issue.

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