Happy 4th of July!
It seems like recent events including the Charleston shooting, Supreme Court rulings, and our new provocative vaccine bill represent some hefty (and heavy) movement both nationally and state-wide. In so many ways, it is clear America is laboriously moving forward and shifting back all at the same time. In the heat of it all our national birthday has arrived asking us to pause and reflect on our role as Americans within our own unique communities and beyond.
So, I thought I would take a lighter tone to the current news stand and reach out to my good friend, Moriah Hemed in Tel Aviv, Israel asking for her candid view on American women! Moriah is a well-traveled international fashion designer and owner of Mona, a wife and mom, and overall phenomenal and dynamic woman. I wanted to know what her experience was of us, and trusted her perspective. I’m so excited to share her lens!
“In my view, the American woman is confident, communicative, polite, and yet assertive. She knows her body and knows what makes her happy and what she wants and needs. Most of Mona’s American customers who purchase an item immediately write an honest feedback – something that is sometimes hard to get from European or Asian woman. My American customers will usually notice the fabric quality and effort put into a garment I make, and mention it. They will also let me know if they think something should be made differently. Throughout the years I’ve managed to create friendships with American colleagues from the independent fashion industry – bloggers, designers, opinion-leaders, and beyond. They are all very professional, creative, amazing and thorough at what they do. As an Israeli (who are known to be very direct) I find the American woman to be formal and a bit more distant than what I’m used to.
Mona is a brand that dresses women all over the globe, for more than five years. The average Mona customer is most typically a young-at-heart, fashionable, romantic woman. International customers are naturally those who “broke the barrier” and are not afraid to shop online. The American woman, in that sense, defiantly lead the way.”
Moriah’s excerpt about American women so fascinates me. I love that our marketing, our advertisement and our presentation to the rest of the world draws out feedback that includes descriptions about “confidence, independence and breaking barriers”. I believe there’s a part in all of us women that strive for and experiences this American image, both in presentation and within. Yet my recent survey on women and self-worth show a much more conflicted American Woman that constantly struggles to define and live out the presentation that we extend to the world. Our confidence seems nebulous, and hard to keep hold of. What do you all think? Please share with me!
Moriah shared some Mona pieces that she believes represent American women. I can personally attest to the quality of her clothing – I get more compliments on Mona outfits than anything else! For our birthday, treat yourself to something fabulous here.