Fashion for Charity: Rachel Roy’s Fairwinds Collection
Rachel Roy is definitely someone who knows how to leverage their talent and influence to help people who cannot easily help themselves. She has designed a collection as a part of her Rachel Rachel Roy line called Fairwinds, which is dedicated to creating jobs for women in Africa. The collection features pieces crafted by artisans such as a handmade clutch from Tanzania and beaded earrings from Rwanda.
Rachel Roy said on her site, “My goal is to help women find independence through creating jobs. The opportunity to work, for these women, is crucial to helping them find a sense of freedom in their lives.”
I met Rachel Roy at the L.e.i. Model Citizens event in the spring and it was very clear during our interview that she has a deep and sincere desire to help people, especially suffering women in Africa. Rachel talked about how inspired she was by one woman she met (the specific country escapes me at the moment) who ran a small sewing operation outside of her home. Rachel said that she wanted to help and empower women like that. She didn’t mention Fairwinds at the time – I actually found out about the collection last night! It is so inspirational and refreshing for me to see Rachel Roy actually practicing what she preached. Sales from her Fairwinds collection goes to enhancing an artisan family’s nutrition, children’s education, access to healthcare and dignity.
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