“Everything changes”. A powerful truth, in just two words. So simply it explains one of the hardest and most empowering lessons about life. Thankfully poverty, oppression, and hopelessness doesn’t need to be a fixed situation.
My business lets me see the possibilities of change. It blows my mind that I can be here, and my team is in India. Yet, together we are doing something so special. Creating an eco, artisan and sustainable clothing label into something that has a soul. Together we are being the change we want to see in the world! We offer empowerment to the repressed and we believe and encourage the best in each other.
Since visiting ‘AIF’, the little production facility in Lucknow India, that makes my clothes, the team has become more like an extended family to me. Each of them impacted and inspired me in ways I never imagined. Over the next few blogs I’ll introduce you to the wonderful individuals in my team.
First, I’d like to start with Rubina (The lady ironing above). She is an embroidery artisan and has been at ‘AIF’ for roughly 8 years. As a girl in a poor family she had next to no education, and this is probably the main reason she has consistently refused to learn how to use the sewing machine. The production facility respects her decision to continue working embroidery because it is her decision to make.
Every day I went to the production facility Rubina would be dressed in the most amazing outfits. She became a bit of a muse to me while there, it was so lovely to see her so confident in her own style – She looked unique and fabulous! Next year I plan to do a few pieces collaborating with Rubina, so the world can see her design styling talent.