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Love Your Melon

Love Your Melon

Have you ever seen someone sporting a cute hat with a leather patch that reads, “Love Your Melon?” The hats are popular on college campuses – especially in Minnesota – but do you know why?

It all started in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Two friends – Zachary and Brian – created an idea and a mission that took off. The website states, “On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, Love Your Melon began with the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America… After achieving the original goal of giving 45,000 hats – one for every child battling cancer in America – Love Your Melon set a new goal of giving one million dollars to pediatric cancer research and providing immediate support to children and their families.”

50% of the profits from Love Your Melon product sales are given to LYM’s nonprofit partners in the fields of pediatric oncology, cancer research initiatives, and the immediate support for families of children battling cancer.

According to their website, Love Your Melon has donated over 2.6 million dollars and over 120,000 hats to date. The knit hats are made in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Minnesota Knitting Mills, and the leather patches that are on the front of their popular beanies are made in Minneapolis, MN, by Gotham Textile. The Rare Pair is joining in the cause, and now has select Love Your Melon products for sale.

At The Rare Pair, you’ll find a few of the classic Pom Beanies, a sweet baseball cap, and scarves (both fashionable and warm!). If you want more information, feel free to ask a Sales Associate about the brand and the products! To use their motto: “Let’s write the next chapter together. Join the story.” Help us support Love Your Melon!


Love Your Melon

In The Spotlight: Lisa Mathre

Lisa Mathre

The Rare Pair employee spotlight segment is back! I got a chance to chat with Lisa Mathre, RP staffer, mother, and visual artist. You know those gorgeous ads you’ve been seeing around lately and liking on the RP Facebook page? Yeah, that’s Lisa, our very own photographer extraordinaire.

How long have you worked at The Rare Pair

I have worked at The Rare Pair on and off for about ten years. I returned this past Holiday season to help out during those busy weeks, and then stayed on. The Rare Pair is always home to me, so it was a natural fit to work there again.

Favorite item (of the moment) that we carry?

Anything Free People is a favorite item. Comfortable, but still trendy and fun.

What do you think is the most comfortable shoe at The Rare Pair?

I love Frye boots. They last forever and never go out of style!

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you while working at The RP?

I wasn’t at the store when this happened, but I remember when a deer went through the front door of the shop. I will never forget what an adventure that must have been for the deer and for Krin!

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy working with clothes and customers. I adore the family atmosphere at the store as well. It is a wonderful place to work.

You are the eye behind the Rare Pair’s ads (they are beautiful!). Tell us about your work as a photographer. What inspires you most?

My photography started long ago. I graduated with a degree in Journalism from St. Catherine’s University, so I was exposed to it then. I had a darkroom in my basement, and I’ve spent hours there developing film images. I started doing a lot of photos after my kids were born- I’m so happy I have boxes of film prints for them to look at some day.

Then, the digital world came along, and nothing really changed. I still see the world in pictures as I did in my film days, and I love every shoot, whether it is for an ad or a family shoot. My ads for The Rare Pair are a reflection of that.

Peace Love World. ‘Nuff Said

Peace Love World

You may have noticed that hip window display at 401 Division Street. You know, the one with a bunch of happy words and images that make you feel as warm and fuzzy as this first sunny spring weekend?

The symbols responsible for your feelings of warmth and fuzziness are brought to you by the talented Rare Pair visual team (Krin Finger, Debbie Butterfield, Juley Jenkinson, and in-house artist Jill Enestvedt), inspired by Peace Love World apparel and accessories.

So much more than a clothing company, Peace Love World promotes positive lifestyle with the mission of spreading “peace,” “love,” and “happy” wherever possible. And what better way to release a little good karma into this world than with these adorable, fashionable pieces?

Peace Love World

Peace Love World’s signature two-tone pieces are a versatile combo of comfy material, clean lines, and bold fonts. The designs are simple, but they are meaningful; Even the classy black and white pieces hum a vibrant tune.

And this part is cool: Every garment is branded with positive affirmations and (literally) infused with love in the form of eight embroidered dash-marks, one dash for every letter in the word “love” and one for every letter of the word “amor.”

It’s a wonderful little fashion secret, like wearing your favorite pair of panties… But for a greater good!

True to its mission, Peace Love World spreads peace and love through endeavors like supporting Zanmi Beni, a shelter for abandoned and disabled children in Haiti, and collaborations with special partners in Breast Cancer, Autism, and Multiple Sclerosis.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of hoarding through the Rare Pair’s spring collection yet, you may have seen Peace Love World worn on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars,” or “American Idol.” Or on the paparazzi-flocked bods of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Jennifer Garner, Sofia Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, the entire Kardashian family, and more.

Regardless of its worldwide recognition, Peace Love World is about experiencing fashion in a soulful way. So choose your “love”, “peace”, or “happy” and pay it forward; make the universe a little more joyful!

Pura Vida! Color your Wrist for a Great Cause

Color your Wrist for a Great Cause
Good news, babies from the 80s: bright, stacked bracelets are back!

And what better way to color your outfits than with a beautiful philosophy and great cause? Allow us to introduce Pura Vida bracelets, now at the Rare Pair.

“Pura vida” means pure life in Spanish: enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune, not taking anything for granted. Being free and living life to its fullest. You know, Carpe Diem. As we spiral through our fast-paced lives, noses down in smart phones, ask yourself: when was the last time you truly stopped to smell the roses?

I think we all need a bright little reminder.

Appropriately named, Pura Vida bracelets walk their talk by making it their mission to support local artists in Costa Rica.

It’s a cool story. Pura Vida began unexpectedly from an interaction between Paul and Griffin, two traveling Californians, and Jorge and Joaquin, two impoverished street vendors in Costa Rica. The J’s were peddling vibrant bracelets handmade in a simple way that seemed to capture the essence of the travelers’ South American journey. Paul and Griffin purchased 400 bracelets to bring back to the States, sold all of them and many more, and voila, a business (and a movement!) was born.

With very little tourism and low paying jobs, local jewelers have a difficult time making ends meet. From the exponential growth of Pura Vida Bracelets throughout the United States and around the world, Pura Vida is now able to support full-time work for 30 talented artisans, and growing.

Pura Vida also donates 1% of its sales to The Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots foundation dedicated to protecting as well as preserving beaches and oceans worldwide.

Find the braided, platinum, beaded, and original styles at The Rare Pair today. Stack them to wring in spring with some spice AND support local artists. Talk about Pura Vida!

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