Fashion. Adventure. Philanthropy.
Since 2000, I have made a career out of being a modern-day gypsy, turning “Cool-Hunting” into a lifestyle and a means of discovering unique and creative talent in a variety of forms. I have curated for multi-billion dollar, consumer-driven corporations. Other past roles in the fashion industry include Sr. Conceptual Designer at American Eagle Outfitters women's collection, Aerie Intimates; and Conceptual Designer at Abercrombie & Fitch's women & girl's divisions.
I have immersed myself in foreign cultures and amassed an influential list of contacts by exploring over 100 countries over the past 12 years. I felt a need to give back to the many communities who inspired my life and work – many of them in remote and disenfranchised locations.
I soon found myself in a life-changing sabbatical to Rwanda to help document the stories of genocide survivors and work with children in an orphanage. Through fund drives and t-shirt sales, many people in my network found themselves working side by side in my effort to propel social change.
I recognized that many creative people in the art and design world were interested in contributing their time and talents to charity. In June of 2008, I started Create for a Cause, a non-profit organization that connects creatives with causes in philanthropic collaborations that utilize their skills & talents for social good. The positive reaction to the Create for a Cause prompted me to think on a larger scale. Thus, the Supply Change was born.
Changing the Chain
The Supply Change connects global brands with artisan groups to bring socially conscious fashion to the mainstream consumer. By creating long-term partnerships between brands and these enterprises, The Supply Change is sourcing socially responsible goods/manufacturers for brands and opening up market access for social enterprises.
Love Is Project
In . . . [love is project]
— Chrissie Lam