In a society filled with unhappy people, seeing passionate people who love what they do is always a treat. This is especially true when they are doing what you want to do and happen to stumble into your classroom… like what happened on Monday. Andrea, a former FIT student & graduate of the International Trade & Marketing department came to my class yesterday to talk to us about the work she’s been doing since graduation. Upon graduation, her and her sister, created A.Bernadette, a company based out of Uganda. The created this company to/ the purpose of this company focuses on what they call the “triple bottom line: People. Planet. Profit.” They do this by bridging the gap between the gap between the consumer in the U.S., and the creator in Uganda, all while maintaining the traditional art forms of Uganda and using materials that are readily available, as opposed to creating more waste.
What I liked most about this company is that firstly, they created things that are useful. So often, with all these new Eco friendly, fair trade companies that use the talent of artisans all over the world and they all create… bracelets. Now, I love a good bracelet, but there’s only so eco-friendly bracelets any one person will want. A. Bernadette do indeed make bracelets, but they also have a super cute (and functional) cooking bag, (a bag that helps save fuel in which food can be cooked and kept cold if necessary) a coffee cozy, and a host of other items. Secondly, and most importantly, there goods are affordable! Which, in this new world of eco-friendly fashions, can also be a rarity.
Their products are cute, affordable and are created by creative artisans from another country, while also providing a way for these women to sustain themselves. What’s not fashionable about that?
All things Color, Love & Fashion,
Here’s the link to the website and their FB page if you’re interested in purchasing or just want to gain more information about what their company. http://www.abernadette.com/, https://www.facebook.com/a.bernadette11