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17 Oct '18

April is Earth Month - Celebrate with an Eco-Chic Clothing Exchange!

Posted by CATHYA LOPEZ in Casa De Gitanas, eco, EPAMade, fashion, reduce, style, sustainable, Tribe

Greetings Gypsy Family,

April is Earth Month which signals the perfect opportunity to start making positive changes that help our planet out in a BIG way! 

When we think of pollution, we envision large power plants and raw sewage pumped into our waterways. We often never think of the shirts on our backs, or the amount of clothing that we purchase in just one year. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite ridiculous.. 

Did you know that "fast fashion" is the 2nd largest polluter in the world, next to Big Oil? 

Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, sourcing raw materials, textile manufacturing, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimately the disposal of the garment.

Determining the exact carbon footprint of fashion is an overwhelming challenge due to the immense variety from one garment to the next. A general assessment must take into account not only the obvious pollutants (ex: the pesticides used in cotton farming, the toxic dyes used in manufacturing and the great amount of waste discarded clothing creates) but, also the extravagant amount of natural resources used in farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and shipping the garments. 

While cotton, especially organic cotton, might seem like a smart choice, it can still take more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture just a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Synthetic, man-made fibers, while not as water-intensive, often have issues with manufacturing pollution and sustainability. And across all textiles, the manufacturing and dyeing of fabrics is chemically intensive.


A current trend in fashion retail is creating an extreme demand for quick and cheap clothing and it is becoming a huge problem. Your clothes continue to impact the environment way after purchase; washing and final disposal when you’re finished with your shirt may cause more harm to the planet than you realize.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated 14.3 million tons of textile waste in 2014 and about 85% of clothing and shoes end up in the landfill. The fashion industry is also incredibly resource intensive and has been associated with pollution problems.

That’s why getting a longer life from the clothing we already have is an important step towards more sustainable fashion. About 80% of discarded clothing still has 75% of its life left. Or in other words, we’re only getting about a quarter of the potential use out of most garments.

Let's celebrate Earth Month and learn more about the little things we can all do in our own homes that, collectively, can make a huge difference.

Join Us: 

Casa De Gitanas in collaboration with EPAMade  is hosting a fun and eco-chic event on April 9th, open to all ladies who want to clean out their closets and sip mimosas next Sunday afternoon - while shopping the closets of 20+ fashionable ladies of all shapes and sizes.

All you need to participate is a reusable bag filled with unwanted clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty products... basically any goodies taking up space in your closet or vanity. We will have a rolling scale of $5-10 for suggested donation that will benefit EPAShop: a positive work community that trains and employs single mothers in order to see hope rise in East Palo Alto.

EPA Made designs and manufactures products that honors a single mothers’ love and courage.

For more info RSVP on our Official Event Page and make sure to subscribe to our online social media channels to stay up to date with all things Casa De Gitanas!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1703088853298507/1711806362426756/

17 Oct '18

Magical collaboration at Academy of Cosmetic Arts feat Rose Hill, Carmen Milagro & Eddie Cotillon

This Monday Casa De Gitanas had the sweet pleasure of collaborating on a very special project with Rose Hill, CEO & Founder of Academy of Cosmetic Arts, muse Carmen Milagro, and photographer/creative director Eddie Cotillon. Casa De Gitanas had the lovely opportunity to style & shoot some beautiful pieces from our collection that where especially curated for the event. Upon arrival the vibe was magical, everybody in the room came from different walks of life and it was by sheer coincidence that we all came into each others lives to create magic on this beautiful evening! 
Rose Hill is a creative genius, and a very sweet, multi-talented female entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley. She was born in Stanford and has roots in Hawaii, and has over 30+ years of experience in the makeup industry. 
She has done makeup for a variety of big name celebrities like Al Gore & Bill Clinton, has led and represented makeup crews for various Fashion Week's and has also worked her magic on many Silicon Valley executives.
Rose not only is the mastermind behind her own company Rose Hill and Crew she is also very hands-on with the prestigious Academy of Cosmetic Arts which she also founded. A true expert in her field, and overall professional Rose was definitely a pleasure to work with.
The mastermind behind the lens was the incredibly talented Eddie Cotillon who's effortless directing and photographing style helped keep the overall pace of the shoot nice & smooth. Eddie know's exactly what kind of shot he is going for and does a fantastic job at not only directing the models, but also making them feel comfortable. Eddie is a very experienced Creative Show and Special Events Director as well as an Established Published Fashion and Commercial Photographer with a kind spirit, and a warm smile. He has previously worked on projects with YSL Paris, Ralph Lauren, USA ELLE Magazine, NY Fashion Week, and Weddingfaire Fashion Show's to name a few and will soon be working on a local fashion show which is featuring Vera Wang's Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. 
Nuestra gran amiga Carmen Milagro was the perfect muse' of the evening with her beautiful almond eyes being the main attraction. Carmen is such a lovely person to collaborate with because she is so willing and open to trying new things! It was lovely to see her bedazzled in Casa De Gitanas jewelry which totally matches her overall gitana style. There is more to this dynamic beauty than just a pretty face - Carmen is the Founder & CEO of WAAAHOO Productions, a Music, Design and Organizational company based out of San Francisco, California and also the Creator & "Head Nut" for Peanut Butter & JAMMusic Sessions for Kids. Regardless of what other projects she is working on she always stays committed to her main labour of love, music. Carmen is also the best advice giver, some of the best lessons I've learned from Carmen is 1) stay true to yourself, 2) trust your gut feeling, 3) and to be bold and savvy in the way you approach life. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Carmen on another lovely project. 
All in all this evening was full of magic, talented individuals, beautiful models in exquisite makeup, and everyone that was there was lucky to witness the magia! For all of you who didn't get to experience it firsthand stay tuned for the official photoshoot pictures captured by the ever so talented Eddie. A special thank you goes out to Rose Hill for inviting us to her lovely Makeup Studio at the Academy of Cosmetic Arts in Los Gatos. As always it was a great pleasure to collaborate with other creative geniuses who believe in us just as much as we believe in them. Make sure to support local businesses this holiday season and to cultivate the goodness in each other today and always.
"Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher"
xo Casa De Gitanas
17 Oct '18

TURFinc x The LAB presents TURFIN' AGAINST THE WORLD 2/21/2015


From the people that brought you "The Purge" now comes the BEST Turf Event to EVER happen in San Francisco! The Oakland based TURFinc is crossing the Bay Bridge and bringing TURFIN to San Francisco!


On Saturday, February 21st, 2015 TURFinc in collaboration with THE LAB is bringing you "Turfin Against the World, PART II".  Hosted by CEO of TURFinc Johnny5 and Phat Boi 

Venue: THE LAB -- 2948 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103
**Just one block from 16th/Mission Bart Station

Event Lineup includes: 

Ladia Yates vs. Agatron 

Phoenix Lil Mini vs. Nay Nay (NY)

Chonkie F. Tutz vs. Mr. Jones (NY)

Jerm aka Galaxy vs. 40 Pounds (NY) 

w/ Special Guests YAK FILMS & DJ Hawkbeatz on the ones and two's. 


Casa De Gitanas will be supporting our TURFinc Family and will be setting up a Pop-Up shop at the event. We are curating a fine selection of one of a kind pieces that will be available for purchase throughout the event. Make sure to come support this fun, positive dance event and to swing by to show some love! Make sure to RSVP to the official events page to receive up to date information for this event, and share it to your peeps! This is definitely a show you DON'T want to miss out on! Also, check out the Official TURFinc Youtube Channel to get an idea as to what to expect for this ALL ages, Family Friendly, Community Event. Hope to see you there :) 




17 Oct '18

Casa De Gitanas takes over Victor Tung Couture SF Showroom

This past week Casa De Gitanas had the amazing opportunity to visit and take over Victor Tung's showroom in San Francisco. Victor Tung Couture offers a range of artistic, one of a kind pieces that are handmade with so much love by Victor.

Mr. Tung originally discovered his talent for fashion in his garage and began making unique garments one at a time. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that Victor is also an avid painter. He not only incorporates his love of painting by painting on some of the clothing fabrics, he is also a very talented modern artist and showcases a variety of his own creations side by side. 

Using primarily silk for his designs, everything is entirely one-of-a-kind. He hand paints many of his pieces, while the rest of the fabric that is used is imported on a small scale from Europe. He wants every design to be truly unique. Tung is also a master of customized pieces, with about 50% of his work designed for specific customers.

Because service is such a priority for the designer, he wants his fashions to be affordable as well. Unlike other couture designers, Victor Tung Couture prices range from $300 and cap off at around $3,000. “I’m an artist, not a businessman,” he says.

Victor Tung is an inspiration to Casa De Gitanas because of the huge emphasis he places on each product. Like us, he customizes one of a kind pieces at very affordable prices with the customer being the most important part of the overall transaction. Also, he only uses natural dyes for his pieces and tries to incorporate eco-friendliness, and green living into his business model. His overall goal is to "create fashion that speaks from the soul and helps express yourself to the world". 

A special shoutout to Meileena Bautista from Meeting of the Muses for organizing this wonderful experience with designer Victor Tung himself. 

Victor Tung Couture is located at 654 Commercial Street in San Francisco.

Store hours are Monday - Friday, 10am – 4pm.

Victor Tung's storefront on Commercial Street

Casa De Gitanas very own Diana and Victor Tung pose for a photo

Victor Tung Couture incorporates a mixture of SF eclecticism & Buddhist Zen

The painting on the right side is one of Victor's creations as well

This clothing rack showcases some of the wonderful one of a kind pieces Victor Tung is known for

Diana la Gitana & Cathya decked out in Victor Tung Couture

This coat is a #CasaDeGitanas favorite! 

Lovely ladies in lovely designs

Victor Tung Couture store on Commercial Street is full of life (no pun intended) :) 

Victor showing us his newest art piece

We loved having the opportunity to style & shoot Victor Tung's designs

The beautiful Suzanne wearing one of Victor Tung's hand painted evening gowns 

Wearable art