Handmade items get leg up in home fashion

This “Patchwork Heritage” quilt (front shown at left, back on right) is the design behind the Blanket America project or Buy 1, Give 1, in which each quilt sold results in the donation of a fleece blanket to an American in need. Mesh Gelman of New York City, the project founder, says his campaign is about changing the way charity and business work. He calls it a perfect example “of the idea that we can prosper while at the same time enriching the lives of those around us.”



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This “Patchwork Heritage” quilt (front shown at left, back on right) is the design behind the Blanket America project or Buy 1, Give 1, in which each quilt sold results in the donation of a fleece blanket to an American in need. Mesh Gelman of New York City, the project founder, says his campaign is about changing the way charity and business work. He calls it a perfect example “of the idea that we can prosper while at the same time enriching the lives of those around us.”

The home fashion industry takes its cues from artisans and crafters. Today’s trend toward handmade items and domestic endeavors drives the products being manufactured and sold to the…




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