Sunday, February 14, 2010

I heart Rachel Roy.

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:

I really appreciate Rachel Roy's efforts and care for this issue. Matthew Williamson & Boxing Kitten are only a few of many designers who blatantly copy or imitate traditional and heavily cultural textiles and fabrics from Ethiopia and many West African countries. It has saddened me that the fashion industry would straight up take fabrics and/or designs and claim them as their own or "inspirations" when the women who normally hand-make these designs from materials such as say, cotton, go through hell to try to sell their stuff and pay for upkeeping. I am so happy Rachel Roy has recognized this problem and is doing something to stop it. Big ups to her! :)

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