WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"Scarves serve a large purpose in many cultures," said Kubbins, select- ing a gold-embroidered burgundy Jamavar to demonstrate its versatility. "Number one is modesty. You cover your head in public. Or for reli- gious purposes when visiting churches or mosques. Another is warmth. In Europe, scarves are always current. In America, scarves are becoming more popular because of their warmth and style." "Wearing a scarf gives you confidence," Kubbins continued. "We all have things about our bodies we want to hide. Bellies. Sagging skin. And a scarf deflects that view. It distracts people from judging you." But they are not just practical. "A soft shawl around your shoulders is like a hug," she said. "It enve- lopes you with a sense of being cozy and secure." As an independent entrepreneur, the owner of Pam's Pashminas believes in compensating people well for what they do in life. Addition- ally, she looks for fabrics that are sustainably produced and environ- mentally safe because ultimately it means the scarves will last for many years. Pam's Pashminas sells only pieces made with natural fibers. The same cannot be said of those sold by street vendors, online stores, or even by major retailers. "I know who makes everything I source and where the materials come from," said Kubbins. "I've gone through huge cultural experiences and made friends all along the way. I've been to a friend's wedding on the Ganges River. My suppliers come from a variety of religious back- grounds, and I enjoy working with them all." Her scarves are priced from $25 to $189. Their quality and designs are comparable to those sold in stores like Nordstrom for hundreds of dollars more, she said, explaining that she can keep prices low because she relies on no middle man and has no brick and mortar store. Moreover, she has "corralled local talent," referring to a half dozen Babson College students on whom she relies for their expertise in finance and computer science. In particular, she credits Kayla Andrews, a Wellesley High graduate now a student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, with overhauling her inventory, shooting fashion photography in Paris, and building her website. "They are all unbelievable," she said. top: Models at Loch Lomond, Scotland draped in colorful scarves from Pam's Wool Collection; bottom: Posing in front of Sacré-Cœur Basilica, models in Pam's Paris shoot are wearing silk Jamavars and embroidered wool shawls P H O T O S B Y K A Y L A A N D R E W S 144 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 business "we wear them for style"

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