FASHION. ADVENTURE. PHILANTHROPY. Change the industry, change the world.
Chrissie and I used to work together at American Eagle on the concept team. She is an inspiring friend and traveler, her positive energy is as infectious as her drive to do good and create change is. I am a huge fan of what she is doing, and I love that she is combining all the things she loves, traveling, fashion, adventure, and change into one. Here’s her story and what her recently launched project to develop change in the fashion industry is all about.
Chrissie Lam, a senior concept designer at US retail brand American Eagle Outfitters for twelve years, always wanted to connect her passion for fashion, adventure and philanthropy.
After taking a sabbatical from her design position to go to Rwanda and explore clothing craftsmanship, Chrissie decided to launch The Supply Change, a network whose purpose is to alleviate extreme poverty by connecting artisans in emerging economies with the global market place.
Chrissie explains: “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. We want to create ambassadors that can influence change within their companies and raise awareness and action through real stories and word-of-mouth experiences.”
The venture, she ads, is not a non-profit, for it is meant to bring resources to those involved.
The Supply Change has partnered with travel agency Extraordinary Journeys to create unique travel programs under the name of Fashion Designers Without Borders. The first program will be held in Kenya on February 16-23, 2013 and will educate and connect participants with artisan social enterprises that work with brands like Edun, Suno, Puma, Max Mara, Whole Foods and others.
For even more info, great photos and articles visit The Supply Change facebook page