CAROLINE AGNES is a fundraising project named after my two daughters: Caroline, my only daughter and Agnes, my TV character Liz Keen’s daughter. While Agnes is dangerously exposed to one of the most outlandish criminal underworlds in entertainment, Caroline is part of a whole generation of babies facing a real threat.
We know we are fortunate, and Caroline is among the safest children on the planet, but being born in a safe space on a planet that is losing the capacity to support human life, possibly within her lifetime and her potential children’s lifetimes is a danger that effects all of our children.
As gifts rolled in after Caroline's birth I was grateful to those celebrating her arrival, but had a strong feeling that gift-giving was now threatening to her future. The huge boxes, bubble wrap and synthetic toys filled our one bedroom apartment to the point we had a constant stack of recycling at the door and a revolving donation pile. Turned out she didn't need all of that stuff. All she really needed were diapers, bottles... and clothes. But that wasn't the point. People were gifting to express their love for our growing family.
How do we participate in this cultural expression of love without participating in the polluting industrial complex surrounding the birth of a baby, that ultimately harms their future prospects? At CAROLINE AGNES we are dedicated to raising money for our environment's defenders, and providing an option for parents, friends and families with new human life in their lives to engage in more local, less toxic and less wasteful ways of gifting.
With CAROLINE AGNES as a stepping stone, I am a beginner. Our clothing is produced more locally, in the US. Our fabrics are made from organic, natural fibers. Our designs are unisex so that they can be handed-down to a friend’s baby, a brother or a sister. Our packaging is post-consumer paper, minimal and recyclable.
All proceeds for our first series C REX, go to Earth Justice. C REX was lovingly sketched by my godson Rex’s father, Alexander Brooks Barton, to pay homage to our most vulnerable species.