Sunday, July 8, 2012


reporter: Miguel Dominguez

On June 19th, I had the great pleasure of being invited to the promo event for Savage Senses, a business project that collaborates with artisans and business owners from all over the planet to reveal the beauty in nature and raw materials. Savage Senses puts 10% of all its sales towards environmental and social concerns.

Naturally, what other place could be better for this happening to take place than Environment Furniture, the very Green conscious store that specializes in the sale of furniture made from reclaimed materials.

Years ago while Gary Nelson was living in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, he and Waldo were introduced to a project involving women in the village. These women spent their days collecting trash and then turning that trash into beautiful handmade paper. As much as the paper, they loved the creativity of these women who sought to make beauty out of trash, and became determined to figure out a way to support such a worthy project. This developed an intense appreciation for things that were made by hand, especially by individuals who were using their artistic imagination to create beauty from something raw and discarded.

 Founders of Savage Senses Gary Nelson and Waldo Tejada,
with their love for all things hand made, and also recycled.

Hand-screened canvas WATER tote and scarf with luxurious hand-made paper

With water being the fundamental inspiration, Savage Senses offers a line of pure and natural products. According to  founding partner Gary Nelson, "Water is the source of life, and without it, life cannot sustain itself."

Their product line includes, hand-dyed oversized linen scarves, recycled glass and hand-braided suede jewelry, handmade all-natural soaps, signature citron scented candles, oils and creams; hand-screened t-shirts and hand-screened canvas WATER totes

Beautiful selection of light garments, perfect for this summer

Recycled glass jewelry

Gary and DJ/Photographer Cory Kennedy are so dazzled by each other,
they need to wear sunglasses indoors

Generous sponsors of the event were Mionetto, Vita Coco and Balance Water, available at the bar

Citron candles

Publicist Rachele Testa and Gary

Waldo with Anly Krepinevich

Hand made soap, beautifully packaged for elegant gift giving

These bags wouldn't be out of place at the fanciest and most expensive fashion stores

To see more images of this event, click here
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