Fashion Designers Without Borders: Immersive Sourcing Safaris
Fashion Designers Without Borders, a development initiative of The Supply Change, is the first international travel program offering trips tailored to design industry professionals. Explore opportunities to produce profitable products with positive impact. We are helping create closer relationships between the design community and artisan social enterprises around the world.
We believe change comes from within a company. Through our Immersive Sourcing Safaris, we strive to raise awareness, open up discussions on best practices in international development, and foster partnerships between retail brands and social enterprises.
Meet and be inspired by the artisans and their local resources. Realize the potential of sourcing in developing countries, balancing profits with principles. Immerse yourself in the culture and the people. Witness the creative energy and innovation of a breadth of artisan groups.
Immersive Sourcing Safaris
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Kenya Sourcing Safari Video 2013
Visiting the Puma / Wildlife Works Factory
Crossing the Kitengela Bridge to Glass Factory
Bike ride through the Tigoni Tea Plantations
Wine tasting at the home of Jas Bedi
Images infused with fun, cheeky humor and wit. The Supply Change inspires with its whimsical art direction. Don't take life too seriously.
- Research & Development
- Product Concept Creation
- Art Direction
- Brand Marketing
A Merry Masai Christmas
Photoshoot Art Direction
Masai Beaded Ornaments
Masai Fabric Christmas Stockings
Save the Wino
Reusable organic cotton wine bags made in Kenya empowering communities and benefiting rhino conservation at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Life's A Beach - Reversible Kikoy Bikinis
Trunks for Trunks
Save the Elephants.
Since 2012, The Supply Change has created partnerships between brands and artisan groups in developing countries. Check out some of the collaboration products!
Lucky Brand x Mercado Global - Guatemala
A Supply Change 2013 Collaboration. Handwoven totes and purses made by Guatemalan artisans for Lucky Brand's 2013 Summer label.
Missibaba x The Supply Change
The Supply Change led Missibaba designer, Chloe Townsend, on a tailored two week sourcing safari around Kenya. After being introduced to Masai beaders, she designed beautiful beaded panels for her new collection of purses and clutches.
Whole Foods x CTC International Kenya
The Supply Change consulting on the L.I.F.E.line products for CTC x Whole Foods partnership. Video filmed and edit by Odd Couple Creative.
Lucky Brand x CTC International Kenya
Maasai Beaded Message Bracelets - Concept by The Supply Change
Chico's x The Andean Collection (Faire Collection)
A Supply Change 2012 Collaboration. These natural seed accessories were made exclusively for Chico's Spring 2012 collection by Ecuadorian artisans.
Calypso x The Andean Collection (Faire Collection)
A Supply Change 2013 Collaboration. These exclusive Calypso pieces utilize Ecuador's natural seeds in jewelry.
Lucky Brand x Love is Mighty - India
For Fall 2013, Lucky Brand featured Love is Mighty's upcycled woven stripe plastic bag canvas-lined totes. A Supply Change facilitated partnership.
Refinery29 - December 2014
Glamour - US - December 2014
Elle - South Africa - December 2014
Samsung Africa Spring 14 magazine
Today Show - December 2013
Marie Claire South Africa - December 2013
Stylesight - 2012
Ecouterre - 2012
Trend Tablet by Li Edelkoort - 2012
Ethical Fashion Forum -The Source - 2012
Samsung Africa Spring 2014
Trend Tablet - Li Edelkoort
Ethical Fashion Forum
Refinery29 - December 2014
Artisans - Africa
From cut-n-sew workshops to weavers, knitters and beaders, there are talented and creative artisans all across Africa. Inspiring and innovative recycling/upcycling artisan social enterprises will change your views on waste.
Basket Weavers - Kenya
Masai Beaders - Kenya
Organic Cotton Handloom Weaving - Kenya
Sisel Weaving - Rwanda
Pattern Making / Tailors - Rwanda
Handknit Toys and Cold Weather Accessories - Kenya
Skilled knitters, weavers and beaders from diverse cultures translate traditional designs into modern day products.
Artisans - Asia
Beautiful weavings, unique fabrics and embroideries. Meticulous hand-work and precision detailing are seen in the products and jewelry.
Products - Africa
Products - Central & South America
Products - Asia
Upcycled woven cellophane canvas lined totes - India
Printed pineapple fiber fabric - Philippines
Rattan clutch with embellishment - Philippines
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