While Barbara Gallagher was successfully working with businesses from finance to manufacturing over the last two decades, and earning a mid-career MBA, fashion design was always her secret passion. When her business projects slowed down in 2014, and she was faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer, Barbara decided to follow her passion. Combining her business acumen with her natural instinct for color and love for beautiful fabric, she created a luxury line of finely-tailored outerwear for active women. Raised in Denver, CO, Barbara is a fan of the great outdoors, and her fluid pieces work as well in urban environments as in mountain resorts. They keep you warm and cozy, but make you feel “creativity stylish,” as her website says.
Ed, Barbara’s beloved partner for many years, was also engaged in every aspect of her fashion business. When he suddenly died in mid-2018, Barbara was shattered by grief and grasping for strength. Again, she found comfort by surrounding herself with color and fabric and creating her Spiritual Silks scarf collection. Moved by the intense color and beautiful lights in the work of Bereniche Aguiar, Barbara hopes her seven artistic pieces will awaken the powers of healing. “Color affects the happiness and health of the human spirit,” she believes. The heart is literally and figuratively at the center of her intricately designed collection. “The heart holds all of one’s truths,” Barbara says.
The handmade silk scarves correlate with the individual elements of the chakra system, which originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest written texts called the Vedas. Representing strength, wisdom, desire, heart, communication, spirit and creativity, chakras are vortexes of energy that are said to run along the length of the spine, from the pelvic floor to the crown of the head. Connected to different organs and glands, they are thought to affect our physical, emotional and mental well being when their harmonious balance is disrupted or damaged.
Barbara hopes her scarves will evoke feelings of positivity and beauty and give special comfort to anyone undergoing cancer treatment since they provide smooth breathable protection as head coverings. Each measures 36 inches square and is $135 until the end of October.
Give one of these exceptional and meaningful scarves to an important woman in your life this holiday season.