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I am married for 30 years to the same great guy, have 3 kids and 5 grandkids. I work as a co-designer with my youngest daughter in our very small design house, Carasan®in NYC. We are know for our knitwear. But design more then that.
I live in a small town in VA, but spend most of my time at our small historic hay farm in WV. I work in NY and take the train to get there. No I don’t go in everyday...thank G-d for email and computers. I have 7 dogs and 4 with kids, pets, husband and work, and my few good friends I am always busy. oh...and I hate to tell anyone how old I really am....don’t you.Younger women say...“you look so good for your age“...what does that mean anyway? Are women over 40...50 supposed to look old, fat and ugly? We are so not our grandmothers.... but some days....well, I know how old I am anyway.
But that does not mean that I have to get old!

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    • Terriofcarasan wrote Mar 22, 2011
    • Hi have been a long time, so much has happened. But I am happy to be back. I will blog soon about being sick, moving and selling our homes..not much fun. And working..and how my kids are growing up way too fast. LOL

      But for now I will post what I have been doing over the last few months. It is a charity project with a good friend, Summer Rayne Oakes for “charity:water“. Please take a look at the project at “The Uniform Project“and see how you can wear one LBD for 31 days!

      Release for press:
      March 1, 2011

      One Little Black Dress by Carasan, one eco-model: Summer Rayne Oakes, Payless ShoesSource and The Uniform Project team up for; charity: water.  

      American Designs; Terri and Cassandra Rosenthal of Carasan® Designs have teamed up with their long time friend and sometime muse, Summer Rayne Oakes, The Uniform Project and Payless ShoesSource for a 31-day fundraiser that will benefit charity: water.

      Terri and Cassandra of Carasan® are best known internationally for their form fitting couture hand knits and hand constructed collections. They have wanted to do a charity project with Summer for years and have been waiting for just the right one, so when she came to them with this idea, they said “why not“.

      Oakes asked if they would design her a look that she could wear for 31 days on the website: The Uniform Project. A look that could hold up to Oakes’s busy lifestyle and reflect her personality. As Summer and the designers are all big fans of 50’s styles and the show Mad Men, it was an easy jump to design a 50’s look little black dress. At first, Summer sent a sketch of a tapered top with a shallow V-neck décolleté and a full A-line skirt. Then the group played with the idea of a slip dress with a pleated wrap over skirt. Next was that of a shirtdress. In the end, however, after input from both client: Oakes and the designers, a very “Summer Rayne Oakes” and a truly Carasan design unfolded, creating a dress that will stand up to time and 31 days in March. That is how long Oakes will be wearing this LBD; day after day, transforming one dress into 31, and all for a great cause, charity: water.
      The “Little Black” classically styled dress is a nod to the 50’s style that is flattering to most, if not all women. The LBD has a sweetheart neckline, is sleeveless and has a full pleated skirt and a button down front. There are two layers of drawstrings hidden within the dress that masterfully transitions the piece into a bubble dress, rompers, a can-can, and at least nine other practical, wearable shapes. The black fabric is a 70% silk, 30% hemp charmeuse , and a handwoven Thai silk and plain weave organic cotton-hemp were chosen for the little peek-a-boo of pink below the dress all from Source4style.Terri and Cassandra have additionally crafted a few reversible collars that can be worn to supplement the dress. And in the course of designing this dress a whole collection was created to work together to make an interchangeable wardrobe that are all constructed in sustainable materials. This collection will be launched mid-season, just in time for warm summer days and will be viewable on the Carasan website:
      Carasan® has created accessories and complementary garments for this 31 day journey; a few of these will be used as incentives for those who donate to the project. Examples include, a pair of hand knit fingerless gloves of organic silk and merino wool that have been encrusted with real turquoise. One of the other pieces is a sweater, like the one that was featured on the Huffington Post, on who else; Summer Rayne Oakes as one of the sexiest sweaters of the season. This one is in black and is an original showroom 1st sample garment.
      Payless ShoeSource (on behalf of Summer’s environmentally-preferable shoe line zoe&zac) announced that it will match dollar-for-dollar (up to $10,000) for all donations made to Charity: Water through the donation button at throughout March. They will also offer 50% off on a single Zoe & Zac purchase throughout 2011, for those that donate $10 or more in March through an online donation. The Zoe & Zac green brand is available in about 1,000 Payless stores nationwide and®. Oakes is the Eco-Consultant for the Zoe & Zac green brand, where she helps Payless find innovative ways to create “fresh green fashion. A donation of $50 or more will get you entered into a pool to win a signed copy of Summer’s book Style, Naturally, a limited edition print of Above Magazine, a cute zoe&zac purse, a pair of MODO Eco glasses from Summer’s new collection, & other surprise goodies to be revealed at end of month!
      Each of Oakes’s 31 transformations will be chronicled in her witty blog entries at The Uniform Project’s ‘Pilot Series’ challenge:, where people can learn more about sustainable fashion, as well as donate to the charity cause through an easy-to-use donation button.

      Uniform Project’s ‘Pilot Series’ challenge, features a new trendsetter each month who wears one “little black dress” all month in an effort to increase awareness for sustainable fashion and raise funds for important global causes. Each Uniform Project participant also earmarks a global cause for his/her efforts in the Project. Oakes has chosen Charity: Water, an organization dedicated to raising money to build wells for the billion people who do not have access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities around the globe.

      Oakes is well known as an eco-model and sustainability strategist and is the Eco-Consultant behind Payless’ Zoe & Zac green shoe brand. “Participating in the Uniform Project is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how easy it is to implement eco-fashion in our daily lives,” said Summer Rayne Oakes. “All people really need to refresh any outfit are some great accessories, like the ones I’ll be wearing from Payless” “My picks will keep my little black dress looking fresh day after day and I’m excited that Payless is also supporting my involvement in the Project through the matching donation for Charity: Water and rewarding those that give with a rich offer on the Payless Zoe & Zac items.”  

      About Summer Rayne Oakes:
      Summer Rayne Oakes is a model-activist and Co-founder of Source4Style, a B2B online marketplace that allows designers to source and discover more sustainable materials from a network of global suppliers. The Cornell University graduate and environmental scholar has received media accolades from Vanity Fair naming her a Global Citizen, Outside naming her one of the Top Environmental Activists, and CNBC calling her one of the “Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs of 2010.” Through her work as a consultant, Summer Rayne advises companies and organizations, and works on sustainable development and environmental programs in the U.S. and abroad.  In 2009, she released her first book, Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion & Beauty published by Chronicle Books.    

      About Carasan Designs LLC;
      Carasan ® is a small design house, well known international for their lush hand knits as well as their hand crafted collections. Their look is best described as a Victorian woman who’s soul has been reborn into the body of a downtown artist, colorful, feminine with a modern edge.
      The designers, Terri and Cassandra Rosenthal, are a mother-daughter team who started the company in 1998 in Leesburg,Virginia and then moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 2001, when the youngest of the team, Cassandra began attending The Fashion Institute of Technology, in Manhattan. They have been featured in numerous magazines internationally, and were commissioned by Entertainment Weekly to create an eco-vintage ring for their V.I.P celebrity baskets for the Oscar’s and the Emmy’s. They were also the designers for The Golden Trailer Awards Show that honors the film industry. Carasan Designs LLC is now based in Leesburg, Virginia and Portland, OR.
      They have a strong following of celebrity clients; Summer Rayne Oakes is one of them. Their label has been sold in high-end boutiques in New York City, Chicago Ill, Palm Beach Fl, and Palm Springs Ca, as well as in the United Kingdom.
      Look in late spring for the re-launch of their line with a new limited edition collection. A portion of the sales of which (in a similar fashion to the LBD seen on Summer for The Uniform Project ‘Pilot Series’ challenge) will be going to a selected group of charities, including Summer’s, picks, like charity: water. Fabric for this new collection is being sourced at Source4Style. When this line premiers in May, it will include the LBD in other colors and prints. Carasan is working on a licensing an agreement to sell the LBD from this project on The Uniform Projects website for a limited period of time.
      Source4Style: is a place where designers can source and discover more sustainable materials for their collections). This is Oakes’s most current business, which she started with her friend, Benita Singh. It is basically a B2B online marketplace that allows designers to source and discover a simply stunning selection of sustainable materials and services from a network of global suppliers. The Uniform Project sources all their materials from them as well, so you know you are going to get a fabulous LBD when it goes on sale.
      About charity: water:
      charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.
      Summer’s goal this month is to raise $10K for charity: water. With those funds, charity: water can provide access to clean and safe drinking water for two communities in developing countries. Again, 100% of the money raised will go directly to water project costs in the field.
      About Uniform Project
      Uniform Project is a social enterprise that started in 2009 when U.P. Founder Sheena Mathieken pledged to wear one little black dress for 365 days as a creative exercise in sustainability and a fundraiser to support the Akanksha Foundation. The U.P. has since evolved into a series of monthly challenges with a new face, new little black dress and new cause every month. The U.P now has an international following of supporters, a few of whom have joined Sheena to form the Uniform Project Company. The U.P is now in its second year, expanding its first year model as a global platform converging philanthropy, fashion, sustainability and social commerce into an ongoing mission.
      Almost immediately, Sheena and the U.P were hit with a deluge of media attention. The project was featured in major publications ranging from the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, Times London, LA Times, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire to hundreds of fashion, culture and design blogs, as well as TV shows around the world. By the end of the yearlong challenge, the U.P site received over 2 million hits and raised over $100,000 in donations for the Akanksha Foundation and Sheena was named one of Elle Magazine’s Women of the Year for 2009.
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    • Terriofcarasan wrote Sep 8, 2009
    • I have been away for too long...moving, working....
      it is nice to see what everyone is all are such a need group of women.
      Now I need to get back to work..and I have a sick kid at home. : (

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