Go on a “Sourcing Safari” With Fashion Designers Without Borders

by , 05/04/12   filed under: Fair Trade, Interviews, Sustainable Fashion

WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS

What was your inspiration for launching Fashion Designers without Borders?

Last year, I launched The Supply Change, which connects big brands with developing-world social enterprises and artisan groups in an effort to redefine the fashion supply chain. Creating brand-social enterprise partnerships is challenging; it’s not enough to just establish a relationship. You need employees in the company vested in the concept and advocating for it, too. 

Creating brand-social enterprise partnerships is challenging; it’s not enough to just establish a relationship.

I decided to partner with Elizabeth Gordon, co-founder of Extraordinary Journeys, a safari company that combines luxury and very unique experiences, to bring established design professionals to the source of the inspiring work being done by these organizations.

Fashion Designers Without Borders combines my love of fashion, adventure, and philanthropy. We are curating experiences and enlisting like-minded design colleagues in order to help them realize the potential of sourcing in developing countries.

We want to create ambassadors who can influence change within their companies through word-of-mouth experiences.

I believe change comes from within a company, and currently there is a disconnect between people in the design industry and social enterprises or artisan groups abroad. If design professionals can connect with great organizations, meet the artisans, witness the social impact, and be inspired by the local resources, they are more likely to return to their companies with enthusiasm and the knowledge to advocate for a brand-social enterprise collaboration. 

We want to create ambassadors—ambassadors who can influence change within their companies and raise awareness and action through real stories and word-of-mouth experiences.

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