Fashionable scarves. With an emphasis on -able.

At this time next week, I’ll be traveling through Ethiopia with the wonderful humanitarian organization ONE. Yes, I’m excited. Yes, I’m nervous. No, Bono won’t be there that I know of. And yes, you will be hearing more about it. But when I got my informational travel packet from the team at ONE this week, I was thrilled to find a surprise: a small, chic gift that does a whole lot of good. I thought you’d want to know about it too.

The stunning scarf from fashionABLE absolutely melted me. Not just because it’s beautiful, which it is, but because of the hang tag on which I found a note from the artist who made it. She completes the line in her own handwriting: BECAUSE OF YOU I AM ABLE TO…see my son, Abel, grow in character. Thank you, Etanesh.

Then I clicked over to read Etanesh’s story and…wow. Tears.

The collection of scarves are well priced considering the good that they’re doing, and the styles are beautiful. Plus it’s truly meaningful and lovely to put a name and a face to something you’re wearing. I imagine Etanesh sitting there in her studio, taking such care in her work, and
trying to think to the future.

the women who make fashionABLE scarves

What an amazing opportunity to talk to my girls about fashionABLE and why I’m so dedicated to supporting companies like this.

Once I managed to swipe my new scarf away from my daughter who was wearing it like a princess cape, I put it right into my suitcase so I wouldn’t forget to pack it next week. I think it will come in handy in all sorts of ways. And I think it will comfort me in more ways than one. –Liz

Visit to learn more about its incredible mission, and check out the gorgeous handcrafted scarves that support Ethiopian women in need.

The week of October, 6, you can follow our journey through the ONE Moms webpage or hashtag #ONEMoms on Twitter and Instagram.


Liz Gumbinner is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cool Mom Picks network. This makes her very happy.


  • Reply October 3, 2012


    Fun! I live in Addis and have heard about fashionABLE but I’m not sure where their store is. I guess I need to look into it and check it out! Love that I finally get to enjoy one of your cool mom picks as I am usually wishing for your picks from here in Ethiopia! Hope you enjoy your time here.

  • Reply October 7, 2012

    Jennifer Howze

    Great post about the fashionABLE scarves. I’m on the #ONEMoms trip too (coming from the UK, where we’re called #ONEMums). The tags from the makers of the scarves really help you understand that the project helps the communities that produce them.

  • Reply October 7, 2012

    Jennifer Howze

    Great post. It really brings home that these projects help individuals in the communities that produce them.

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    Reply October 8, 2012

    Cool Mom Picks

    Thanks Jennifer – it was especially great getting to meet all the women behind the scarves today. Wow. -Liz

  • How amazing that you got to meet the makers of the scarves today. Can’t wait to read all about it.

    Best of luck in Ethiopia!

    Jen Burden :)

  • Reply October 11, 2012

    merranie z

    wow. thank you for sharing this. beautiful mission and products. hope you are having a fantastic trip.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Dream Child Organics

    Beautiful women, beautiful scarves. It’s a win-win! Another amazing organization supporting vulnerable women here in Toronto Canada is called Sistering ( We worked with them to create our new line of organic cotton duvet covers for kids. Amazing women! You can read about it here:

  • Reply December 5, 2012


    Hi – this is a great website! I’m looking for some meaningful gifts and love the fashionABLE scarves. But, I’m having issues viewing the website – I can’t get the images of the scarves to load and have tried several different browsers. Can you tell me whether the organization is still up and running and if the website is functioning? I hope so!

    it should be fine KP – try again? -eds

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