Haiti artisans embrace ethical fashion – Yahoo7

“The world of fashion lost its soul in forgetting what was the basis for the market: partnerships between artisans,” said Simone Cipriani, who founded the organization.

“Today, fashion speaks the language of marketing. We have to recover our soul,” the Italian told AFP.

– Work, not charity –

Former model Stella Jean shares Cipriani’s vision.

She launched her first collection to great fanfare in 2012. That success prompted fashion legend Giorgio Armani to lend her his fabled show space in Milan for her show in the autumn of 2013.

It was only natural for the 36-year-old Haitian-Italian to join the initiative.

“We are not talking about charity here, but work,” she said.

“Charity is a foul thing. I learn from the artisans, I give them my point of view. We are growing together.” via – Yahoo7


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