CIRCLE OF FASHION
author Mara Schiavetti
a Haitian fashion and art pop-up
event at D.O.T, 17th-19th
The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a flagship program of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. The Ethical Fashion Initiative enables African and Haitian artisans living in urban and rural poverty to connect with the global fashion chain. Under its slogan, “NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK.” the Ethical Fashion Initiative advocates a fairer global fashion industry.
In Haiti, the Ethical Fashion Initiative works closely with Haitian craftspeople that have a variety of skills including horn carving, hat-making, fer découpé, papier-mâché, beadwork, paper beads, ceramic and patchwork quilting. In Haiti, the Ethical Fashion Initiative team provides technical expertise and assistance in managing production and quality control as well as facilitating capacity building workshops. Since 2015, USAID funds the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s work in Haiti.
Following the success of the “Circle of Fashion: pop-up store organized in December 2015, the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative is organizing a second edition of the event from the 17th to 19th November 2016. This year, the event will be of a bigger scale and scope, involving 19 designers and 10 artists to create a fashion and art encounter celebrating Haitian savoir-faire and creativity.
18 Haitian and International designers will participate, each producing a special edition collection made in Haiti. The brands are: Atelier Calla, AXELLE, Ayiti Natives Co, The Brooklyn Circus, Créations Moro, Deux Mains Designs, D.O.T, Haiti Design Coop, Loko Designs, Miko Guillaume, MIMCO, Osklen x Instituto-e, Paula Coles, Sandilou, Tisaksuk, Wild & Fierce children’s wear, Yanvalou Designs and Yestadt Millinery. In addition, the Circle of Fashion is welcoming one special guest brand from Ecuador called PilePile – whose artisans are collaborating with the Ethical Fashion Initiative to provide training workshops to hat-makers from Labiche, in southern Haiti.
10 artists have been invited to exhibit some of their work at the event, this includes: André Eugène, Eddy Rémy, Guyodo, Jean Hérard Celeur, Killy, Marie Arago, Pascale Faublas, Pascale Monnin, Pasko and Zaka. Finally, the event will be complemented by other activities showcasing Haitian creativity, including live artisanal demonstrations by Haitian hat-makers and Horn carving artisans, as well as photographic and video projections.
The Circle of Fashion event will take place at D.O.T on Route de Cannex in Tabarre where the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s operations are based. A launch event will take place from 4-8pm on Thursday 17th. The store will be open from 10am to 4pm on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November.
The production of this event is supported by USAID and LEVE. In light of the recent tragedy in Haiti, 20% of all sales of the event will go to support Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.