Before you (or your honey) place an order for a dozen red roses this Valentine's Day, here's an alternative idea: one NYC florist wants V-Day sweethearts to celebrate with white roses instead, for a very good cause.
Unless you've been #unplugged at a meditation retreat for the past six months, you're well aware by now that the world has been going through a . Revelations of sexual misconduct by high-profile men have motivated women around the world to fight back and speak up, spawning first the #MeToo hashtag on social media, and then the #TimesUp movement and .
The women behind , many of them prominent figures in the entertainment world like Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Shonda Rhimes, have used their practiced public image nous to stage a number of highly visual displays for the cause, like the and the .
Now, NYC-based florist Victoria Ahn, of , wants to extend the white rose symbolism to Valentine's Day. Instead of red roses, the traditional Valentine's display of passion, she's encouraging customers to buy her .
Ahn explains, "I am so happy to be able to use my craft to give back to others, not only in creating florals that serve to symbolize important issues, but by giving back to the movement against sexual misconduct in any way I can. So many people suffer at the hands of sexual abuse and harassment, but it is so important for us to continue to speak up and fight to put an end to it." If you'd like to make your Valentine's Day about respect and romance, check out the deal.
$100-$300, Designs by Ahn