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Agents of Change

By Phebe Wahl

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08.25.17

These local luminaries are disrupting the beauty and fashion industries, offering both style and substance.

Ali MacGraw
When actress Ali McGraw first heard about Ibu, a movement of women around the world creating artisanal goods to sell in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency, she was captivated by their spirit. As a result, McGraw came to serve as an ambassador and a designer for the brand. Her own Ibu collection is called ali4ibu. “I love knowing that generations of mostly women have made the textiles... [they’ve] wrapped their babies in it, turned it into a tablecloth, finally sold it at a flea market. It has history and connection.” The Ibu movement currently works with 71 artisan groups in 34 countries. “I love everything about it and I’m honored to be a part of it,” she says. As for being back out East, the Bedford, N.Y.-bred MacGraw recalls a quieter time here. “When I lived in the Hamptons, it was a very different place from what it is now,” she reflects. “There were endless open spaces.” But McGraw still enjoys her time here. “I love the flowers and the endless green and big fat trees, and that killer beach,” she says. “And the emptier that beach is, the more I love it.”

Photo by Rob Brinson