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!!! Reply cindy h January 13th, 2011 gorgeous Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Courage for Conservation Thanks to the efforts of the Tribes of Fort Peck, bison have been returned to their historic home in the Great Plains. The Passenger Pigeon’s Everlasting Mark – America’s Most Infamous Extinction The passenger pigeon’s human-caused extinction 100 years ago is a haunting reminder of how important the ESA is for endangered species. A Bat on the Brink The USFWS needs to to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered to give it the federal protection it deserves.