CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One of life's genuine privileges and pleasures is giving the perfect gift. A gift with meaning, a gift with soul. A unique gift that is treasured for a lifetime and beyond. Enter the Taunina teddy bear, one of the season's most appealing alternatives to the landfill-destined plastic toy. "It's impossible not to love South African label Taunina's stuffed animals and bunny rabbits – especially after you learn the story behind them." Elle Decor, October 2013
Cape Town-based Taunina is a powerful call to consume and dispose of less, and appreciate and cherish more. Representing the intersection of art, commerce, and social consciousness, Taunina employs women from disadvantaged communities to lovingly handcraft one-of-a-kind heirloom-quality stuffed animal and decor collections. Beautiful both outside and in, each piece is exquisitely embroidered with heritage fabrics from iconic textile houses such as Liberty of London and transforms the life of the woman who made it. An investment in luxury, an exercise in social responsibility.
"Each (Taunina bear) has been made with love and when you hold one in your hands, you know that this treasure is so much more than just a bear. It is a gift of a lifetime." Fairlady, November 2013
"A gift with a real feel-good factor!" Kensington & Chelsea Magazine, November 2013
"In gifting someone a Taunina bear, the giver grows the recipient's world, achieves measurable social impact, and is recognized as a catalyst for change." - Home-dzine.co.za, October 2012
"(Taunina) opened my eyes to...socially conscious consumption." Marie Claire, October 2012
"Chock-full of cuteness and charity." Glamour, September 2012
For more information: www.taunina.com, +1 646 761 8621 / +27 21 461 7719, firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch "The Making Of" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH99ch3a6i4
"Meet the artists" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmrr4Z3wNfc
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Co-founders: South African Tracey Chiappini-Young and Brazilian-American Karen Jansen
Taunina is a sustainable luxury house synonymous with social impact and timeless artistry. The name Taunina is an anagram of the African word "tau", meaning "lion", and "NINA", an acronym for "No Income, No Assets". Taunina gives women who were once without income and assets the power to become lions of their own destinies.