Applications now being accepted for first-ever “sourcing safari” specifically tailored to design industry professionals who wish to work with artisan social enterprises in developing countries
New York, NY, May 8, 2012 – Pack your bags! The Supply Change has partnered with Extraordinary Journeys Africa, specialists in luxury bespoke safaris to Africa, to create Fashion Designers without Borders: the first travel program for design professionals who are looking to produce profitable products with a positive impact. The 7-night trip to Kenya will run from February 16-23, 2013, and costs $5,000 per person, which includes accommodations in a double room, most meals, driver and guide, park fees, workshops, and visits with artisans.*
The Supply Change is an organization that connects big brands with developing world social enterprises and artisan groups in an effort to redefine the fashion supply chain. The goal of Fashion Designers Without Borders is to create ambassadors within fashion brands to advocate for and build relationships with artisan groups in Kenya and around the world.
Chrissie Lam, founder of The Supply Change, says:
“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. I believe change comes from within a company, and currently there is a disconnect between people in the design industry and social enterprises/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 that can influence change within their companies and raise awareness and action through real stories and word-of-mouth experiences.”
Extraordinary Journeys and The Supply Change bring their expertise and connections in the luxury travel industry, fashion design and social enterprise sector to bring curated, tailored trips to industry veterans looking to explore opportunities to produce socially conscious products. Their goal is to create ambassadors within brands to advocate and build relationships with artisan groups in developing countries. This is a cross-brand and industry initiative.
Highlights of the trip will include:
· Meeting with local artisans and visiting their workshops in the Kibera slums
· Visiting with non-profit artisan group CTC International
· Dining with local leaders and designers and attending panel discussions
· Meeting with the Masai
· Participating in a Nani Croze workshop at Kitengela Glass
· Visiting the Game Park, Giraffe Center and Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Participants will be able to meet the artisan groups behind Kenya’s renaissance period and tackle topics like the pros and cons of different social enterprise models, how to create partnerships, and balancing profitable business with good social initiatives. Extraordinary Journeys also provides participants with the option to add on a number of exciting extensions, such as gorilla-tracking in Rwanda or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
For more information visit: www.fashiondesignerswithoutborders.com