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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