Fashion for Charity: Nicole Miller for Indego Africa
I have an admiration for Nicole Miller that now goes beyond fashion. She has partnered with nonprofit, Indego Africa, to create a line of fair trade bangles and woven bracelets that have been co-designed with and hand-crafted by Rwandan artisans. She held an event at her SoHo boutique last week to celebrate the launch and invited guests to shop the exclusive line. I felt good about purchasing the bracelets, not because they’re cute but because this is shopping for a cause I believe in.
Indego Africa partners with artisan co-ops of Rwandan women and sells the co-op’s products online and at 40+ retailers in the U.S. They return 100% of the profits to the co-ops to train Rwandan female entrepreneurs in business, literacy, and computer technology. I believe in this process because it is sustainable development. In other words, it teaches people how to fish versus just handing them food.
Nicole Miller wearing her Indego Africa bracelets (Image credit: Nicole Miller Facebook)
The vibrant, multi-colored bangles come in sets of three and are wrapped in African fabric. These look great alone, but I can also see them with wooden bangles and gold cuffs.
Nicole Miller actually only heard of Indego Africa in late August 2010, but she was immediately impressed by Indego Africa’s artisan partners and innovative model. In fact, Indego Africa has been recognized and honored by Harvard Business School and Goldman Sachs.
Learn more and get the bracelets at indegoafrica.org/nicole miller.