12 January 2011 Designer Handbags for a Cause Posted by: Mariann Spehar | 3 comments | Share: San Francisco Bay Area handbag designer Mary Frances — whose artsy, whimsical creations have adorned the arms of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson, Teri Hatcher and Jennifer Aniston — is generously donating five percent of sales from her Ocean Habitat handbag to Defenders of Wildlife. Elegant beadwork defines these finely crafted pieces of wearable art that celebrate and call attention to the beauty and importance of our oceans. The designer describes the bag on her website: “A Capri blue ocean sets the background for sea creatures surrounded by seaweed, coral, and embellished with real shells.” An oil-slathered Kemp's ridley sea turtle in the Gulf of Mexico gets help from a veterinarian during BP's oil disaster last summer. This timely donation comes on the heels of the federal government’s final report, released on Tuesday, chronicling the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster that spread over huge swathes of the Gulf of Mexico with devastating impacts to marine life last summer. Thanks, in part, to her support, Defenders will continue to advocate for safer drilling regulations and stronger protections for our oceans and marine life. You Can Help Pick up an Ocean Habitat handbag from Mary Frances Accessories online Find out what YOU can do to help wildlife impacted by the BP Gulf oil disaster 3 Responses to “Designer Handbags for a Cause” Maureen January 12th, 2011 Thanks Mary!!! cindy h January 13th, 2011 gorgeous Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, we’re still waiting on NMFS to follow through. So we took to the courts to get this much-needed protection in place. How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit? Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we’re beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea.