Every January the New York film community descends upon Park City, Utah to attend the Sundance Film Festival (http://www.sundance.org/festival/). While the primary reason for attending Sundance is to screen and discover undistributed movies a great perk of the festival is the invitation to the many parties and gifting lounges around Park City. Companies both large and small are looking to increase their brand’s awareness by promoting their products at the festival. It is exciting to discover sustainable, eco-friendly, luxury brands that can be purchased at a reasonable price. A Manhattanite can be a fashion and beauty stand out without having to spend a small fortune.
Debbie Durkin’s EcoHideaway (http://www.durkinentertainmentgroup.com/) located at the beautiful Chateau at Silver lake (http://the-chateaux.com/) entertained the Sundance filmmakers with wonderful music and introduced them to sustainable and cause-related brand "gifts" that are good for the planet. In addition the EcoHideaway offered high-end beauty services and new technologies that can be purchased locally in Manhattan. Some of the great finds included:
HUGRZ: A favorite of the Park City Sundance crowd including the members of Dave Grohl’s Sound City are HUGRZ (http://www.hugrz.com/). This sustainable boot wrap company offered faux fur and knit boot wraps to the filmmakers. HUGRZ can completely change the look of your Uggs (http://www.uggaustralia.com/) or any of your boots. For less than $40.00 you can create a great fashion statement that also keeps you warm. In Manhattan HUGRZ can be found at Lester’s (www.lesters.com/) and Shoe Parlor (http://www.shoeparlor.com/).
BX Napa: BX (http://www.BXofNapa.com/) has created eco-friendly fashion accessories out of cork leather. While the “Cork Couture” cannot yet be found in brick and mortar stores in Manhattan you can purchase gifts from their website. Currently their dog collars for available for $30, which will make your dog the envy of all in the dog park.
Minky Couture: The beautiful custom designed blankets and scarves by Minky Couture were swaddling celebrities all over Park City (http://www.softminkyblankets.com/index.htm). Nothing will feel better while keeping you warm during the cold New York winter. For $125 you can design your own blanket that is so soft you will never want to get up off of your apartment’s couch. If you are looking for a baby gift that cannot be found in every Manhattan nursery you can purchase a baby blanket for $70. You may recall that Minky Couture was recently featured on The Talk as part of The Top Chen List. (http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_talk/video/C8JgiZ2h9lDRy2xYwykMlx_Y2H8NBchp/the-talk-top-chen-list)
Moroccan Oil: Your hair and skin take a beating during the brutal New York winter. With the help of Morocan Oil (http://www.moroccanoil.com/usa/countryselector)your dry and damaged hair and skin can return to their healthy state with this bottle of magic. Morrocan Oil can be found at all Manhattan Ricky’s NYC stores (http://www.rickysnyc.com/argan-moroccan-oil)
Phytomer: This innovative skincare line has a demonstrated commitment to protect the marine ecosystems and contributes to the preservation and restoration of algal resources in Brittany, France and around the world. Your skin feel will feel fabulous as the benefits of the marine world are transported to your skin. You can have a Phytomer treatment at many Manhattan spas and you can also purchase their products at various stores and salons around the city.
These are only a few of the brands that were spotted at the Sundance Film Festival. They are luxurious, affordable, eco-friendly and accessible to Manhattanites.