Hand-crafted fabrics and textiles created by women in parts of Africa have long been misappropriated or more plainly, stolen by high-end designers in the fashion industry. Rachel Roy however has partnered with Fairwinds Trading to assure that these women are not only accredited but are offered lasting jobs.

The launch collections features hand bags and accessories that are created using indigenous fabrics and textiles. These designs are made by female talent from Tanzania to Rwanda using patterns and techniques that are unique to their communities. Rachel Roy says, “My goal as a working woman and mother it to support women’s independence through employment. The vast network of African artisans that Fairwinds has brought together is immensely talented and I am excited to be able to incorporate their artwork into my collection.”

For more information on this effort please visit: www.rachelroy.com.

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  • Solgar

    Seems very good.

    Totally do not agree with ‘women’s independence through employment’,

    This seems to be in line with what is being attempted with Afrikan people all over the planet – the facturing and destruction of the Afrikan family unit, it’s potential to grow/procreate to be strong by isolating the Afrikan woman, extracting her from the family unit, like taking the heart from a body, leaving the body to decay and die (the exact same can be said of the Afrikan man).

    And ironically her origin is of that same unit/body.

  • Wonderful, wonderful idea! I am all for artisans getting there due.

    @ Solgar, the only thing I see destroying the family unit is poverty, HIV/AIDS and dead-beat dads (And ofcourse insecure men that view working women as a threat?!).

  • Alexandra

    This is such great news. I wish them all good luck.
    I don’t really see anything wrong with it.