The seeds of the scarf line Squar’d Away were planted in the early aughts when Sara Harari-Buchnea’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. “Before I knew for sure, I had this idea that if it turned out to be the real thing, I was going to rally everybody and find a way to raise so much money,” she recalls. A Toronto native with a background in art history, Sara moved to NYC to get a master’s in arts administration at NYU and to pursue her gallery-girl dreams shortly after, but she kept her eyes peeled for ways to make her plans to give back happen.
Years later, the opportunity presented itself in her suitcase, of all places. “I travel quite a bit, and I tend to bring a lot of accessories that are compact and easy to store. I realized on a trip to France that I was hoarding all these bandanas in my bag, but I didn’t really have anything between my cotton ones from Levi’s and beautiful silk ones from Hermès,” she remembers. So, in 2016, Sara created a line of precious-but-packable, twistable, and tieable silk scarves in modern floral and astronomical prints to serve that sartorial middle ground—and to do double-duty to support her father’s cause: 20 percent of proceeds from Squar’d Away go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. How’s that for multi-tasking?
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