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FIRST LADIES LUNCHEON In the presence of Heads of State, Heads of Government and First Ladies during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 THE PIERRE HOTEL Fifth Avenue & 61ST Street, New York City 11:30AM – 2:30PM FASHION RUNWAY A Tribute to AZZEDINE ALAIA and a special catwalk of Haitian Style curated by H.E. MARTINE MOÏSE First Lady of the Republic of Haïti Beauty 4 Development Launch and Awards Ceremony MERRIA DEARMAN, HARRY JOSH, DR RITA RAKUS, ANJU RUPAL
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When I first set out to establish Fashion 4 Development, I drew inspiration from the footprint of fashion model Bibi Russell, who many years ago worked in partnership with the UN to fuel underdeveloped economies and cultures through the employment of sustainable practices. The revitalization and expansion initiatives of that work through F4D have been and remain at the forefront of this organization, and I am profoundly privileged to dedicate my life to this work. Throughout my journey, I have been both honored and humbled by the engagement of renowned influencers and key stakeholders who, through unified efforts, have worked tirelessly to continue the evolution of that mission, including those who join us here today. Yet despite these significant strides forward, the call to meet the challenge to effect durable solutions for global change endures, as must our commitment to innovative thought and action.
And so I approach this season, on the advent of our 10th year anniversary in 2020, with a call to action that aligns most specifically with the objectives of the UN and their Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are set as the blueprint forward, and embody key fundamental ideals, from ending poverty and hunger, to gender equality and reduced inequalities; clean energy, water and sanitation; health and education; climate action, fairness and equality as well as responsible consumption overall – they all work in tandem to impact the quality of our lives, our health and well-being the world over. As it’s often referenced, the greatest work begins at ‘home’. Throughout our rich and distinct history, we have been fortunate to have labored alongside some of the most noteworthy partners and innovators the global platform has known in these sustainable practices. Thanks to their collective, central actions, the shift we’ve endeavored to create has been realized in both organizations and individuals of many underserved countries, via the provision of economic development models, education and empowerment initiatives. No doubt, this is a celebration!
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In the spirit of beginning at ‘home’, over the course of the next year, F4D in partnership with the UN, will work to encourage greater participation of those who have been closely tied to, honored by or served in partnership with us. This will extend further into the fashion, film, music and arts sectors to promote awareness of this immensely vital work and sustain the delivery of growth required to achieve these established goals. With all that’s been accomplished, we do find ourselves at a critical juncture now that requires all facets of industry to get involved and dig deeper into the issues, as well as leverage what we’ve learned to catapult us forward with even greater impact. While many will be familiar with the intentions behind these goals – particularly those laudable individuals and business models founded in championing practices to support this agenda, there is still much to be done. I implore you all to dialogue with us about the importance of a renewed narrative that further evolves what we’ve begun, and the innovation required to ensure greater success. As with each year, I stand in awe of your invaluable contributions and extend my heartfelt gratitude always.
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L U N C H E O N SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 AT THE PIERRE HOTEL During the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
F4D’S ANNUAL FIRST LADIES LUNCHEON is held during the United Nations General Assembly week in New York, to celebrate the unprecedented cooperation between diplomacy and fashion for the greater good of women and children worldwide. First Ladies, UN Dignitaries, Royals, and VIPs from around the world gather to honor award recipients – our “Agents of Change” – for their humanitarian work.
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RSHIP IONS JOINING FORCES 4 GOOD EVIE EVANGELOU and JEANINE BALLONE joined forces to launch F4D Solutions in October 2018. Ballone, after a successful career as a corporate vice president, realized that her efforts around sustainability would be more effective by thinking and acting globally. Together, they set out to create an international network of brands, technology, materials, and suppliers to create something remarkable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first organization to educate the fashion industry on sustainable practice and foster collaborations that will lead to fair trade and environmentally friendly business practice as a complete platform.
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MARTINE MO I S E
First Lady of the Republic of Haiti Marie Etienne Martine Joseph Moise was born in Port-au-Prince on June 5, 1974. After completing her elementary and high school studies at the college of Roger Anglade in 1993, she gained a degree in Interpretation Studies at Quisqueya University in 1997. At the investiture of her husband, his excellency Jovenel Moise, on February 7, 2017 as the 58th president of Haiti, she became the first lady of the Haitian Republic. In her new status, she has remained a strong support for her husband and advocate for the children.
A well-known business woman devoted to her family enterprise with a vigorous work ethic, Marting gained years of managerial
roots work she has done with the men and women of the Department is the foundation of her understanding of the social and economic realities of the country and has helped her in her role as First Lady. Martine’s main concern is the wellbeing of children. She really cares about her mission to work for their respect and their rights. Therefore, the slogan of her office is “All for the children,” an expression of her engagement to establish durable structures for the children and the young of the country. For that reason, in close cooperation with the National Office of Identification, she has established the program “KONTEM MWEN KONTE” (register me, I am important), an initiative that has made Birth Certificate registration available at multiple maternities and birth centers in Haiti. The National Office of Identification known as ONI executes this program. The first lady strongly believes that the national strategy being for the children cannot be met without placing the kids at the center of the political affairs of the republic. Registering the children at birth is the first step.
Martine Moise has also made it her duty to fight violence against women and girls. Her message is loud and clear: «Vyolans sou fanm, fòk nou pale» (Violence against women, we will not keep quiet). The first lady has reiterated her promise to work for the wellbeing of those who are most vulnerable. Her other priorities are: gender equality, early pregnancy, human trafficking, and the transmission of HIV from mother to child during breast-feeding.
Since October 2017, Martine Moise is the president of the coordination of the Global Fund in Haiti - CCM for the treatment and eradication of HIV-Aids, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. She is very determined through her contribution at CCM and with the help of its partners to make Haiti a certified, Malaria-free country by 2020. Martine
Fondasyon Klere Ayiti which is working community
empowerment, and civic education. The foundation has launched â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vilaj Kado,â&#x20AC;? a series of cartoons used to educate people about their environment, politics, and human rights. The first Lady has equally invested in the modernization of Haitian Arts & Crafts, an important sector in the national economy.
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CARLA S O Z Z A N I F 4 D AW A R D R E C I P I E N T Carla Sozzani was born in Mantua, Italy in 1947. She attended Bocconi University in Milan. In 1968, she began her editorial career working on magazines that ranged from couture to cuisine. In 1979 she became Editor in Chief for all Vogue Italiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special issues. In 1986, Sozzani left Vogue and became the Editor-in-Chief for the launch of the Italian edition of Elle, a short and impactful moment in her career trajectory.
In 1988, Sozzani founded the publishing company Carla Sozzani Editore, publishing books on art, fashion, design and photography; two years later, in 1990, the Galleria Carla Sozzani was opened at Corso Como, 10 in Milan. Dedicated to the photography she had come to admire working in editorial, the gallery promotes photography and its history as a fine art. The Galleria has established itself as one of the most important photography galleries in Italy and has hosted over 250 exhibitions since its inception, displaying works that had never been shown in Italy before. In 1991, Sozzani expanded upon the Galleria and created her three-dimensional magazine, 10 Corso Como, with a fashion and design store, a larger bookstore as well as a café. With 10 Corso Como, Sozzani pioneered a multifaceted “slow shopping” experience that united culture and commerce, which has since been defined as “the original concept store”. The brand’s logo was designed by American artist Kris Ruhs, inspired by the lines and circles in the street address and has served as the basis for 10 Corso Como’s signature aesthetic. In 2001, Sozzani partnered with Rei Kawakubo to launch 10 Corso Como Comme des Garçons in Tokyo, anticipating a series of co-branding partnerships. In 2008, in a joint venture with Samsung Group, 10 Corso Como opened in downtown Seoul, Korea. It was soon followed by a second location in uptown Seoul in 2012. In 2013, Sozzani partnered with Trendy International Group to bring the 10 Corso Como concept to Shanghai. In 2014, Rizzoli International published a monograph on 10 Corso Como entitled 10 Corso Como A-Z.
In 2016, Sozzani established Fondazione Sozzani. Dedicated to the promotion of culture through photography, fashion, the fine arts and applied arts, the Fondazione Sozzani is now the official conduit for all relevant work brought forward by the Galleria Carla Sozzani over the last 29 years. In 2017, she became the President of the Association Azzedine Alaïa. Together with Christoph von Weyhe she founded the Foundation Azzedine Alaïa to become a Foundation of public interest. The Association will endeavor to attain its highest goals, with exhibitions, editorial works, lectures, teaching courses and the Alaïa awards, treasuring 60 years of Alaïa’s work: over 22 000 pieces and a vast collection of masters of fashion to be shown to the public. In the Fall of 2018, Sozzani opened 10 Corso Como with The Howard Hughes Corporation at the Seaport District in New York City - its first U.S. location. In 2019, The Transitory Museum, an essay published by Polity books was released. It is a philosophical enquiry into the foundational structure of 10 Corso Como and the radical reforming of the use of public space, that sheds new light on how categories such as commerce, art and fashion, are being redefined in today’s museums. During 2019, in collaboration with Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and The New School Parsons Paris, the Association Azzedine Alaïa launched the first MA summer course to raise awareness of one of the most important historical collections of Haute Couture worldwide, while introducing students to the principles and ideologies behind archiving fashion.
K A R I M O VA T I L LYA E VA L E A D I N G L A D I E S AW A R D R E C I P I E N T At the age of twenty-four, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva founded the You Are Not Alone Foundation, a charity devoted to orphaned and special-needs children. The Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary goals are to ensure that vulnerable children grow up in a caring and loving environment and to unlock their potential by providing them with quality education. The You Are Not Alone Foundation has built, renovated and refurbished a number of orphanages in Uzbekistan and equipped them with first-rate educational and medical facilities as well as comfortable, healthy living conditions.
Education is at the heart of most of the Foundation’s
From 2008 to 2018, Karimova-Tillyaeva lived in Paris,
projects. An Educational Center under the charity’s
serving as Uzbekistan’s ambassador to UNESCO (the
umbrella seeks to motivate these deprived children toward
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
higher academic standards and better overall behavior
and attendance, and to help them develop a positive
mission last year, she continues to support a number of
attitude toward schooling and prepare them for entrance
projects which promote Uzbekistan’s historical, cultural
examinations in lyceums, colleges and universities.
and literary heritage.
The Foundation also provides funding for the
Two years ago, she extended her charitable work to
therapeutic treatment of children from orphanages
educational programs aimed at offering scholarships
and low-income families, including surgery grants
for young Uzbek students to pursue their postgraduate
for those with serious medical conditions. It works
studies in European universities. Twenty-two Uzbek youth
closely with experts from the French association
who won scholarships are now studying at some of
La Chaine de l’Espoir (“The Chain of Hope”) to
the leading universities in Germany, Italy, Poland and
facilitate care for underprivileged Uzbek children
Russia; and under this scholarship program, another ten
who suffer from congenital heart conditions and,
students from Uzbekistan will be starting their two-year
when necessar y, sponsor emergency cardiac surger y
postgraduate work in European universities in September
Realizing that some children need more specialized
facilities, Karimova-Tillyaeva founded the Center for
Harmonist, a maison de parfums inspired by the
the Social Adaptation of Children in 2004, to provide
philosophy of Feng Shui, the traditional Chinese
life-enhancing opportunities for disabled children, from
concept of empowering your body and your inner
diagnoses to orthopedic and neurological treatment to
self by bringing it into harmony with the world
speech therapy and education. To date, the charity has
around you. The new brand offers eleven signature
helped more than 7500 children between the ages of
scents that reflect the dual nature of Yin and Yang.
one and eighteen who are challenged with cerebral
In accordance with its philosophy, The Harmonist
palsy, speech delay, autism, Down syndrome and other
is committed to sponsoring philanthropic causes
that develop solutions for some of the world’s most
Although she finished her diplomatic
pressing problems, such as providing clean, safe
inspirational, evocative power of art to activate societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
drinking water in developing countries; ensuring
awareness of this world-wide concern. The Droplet is a
the durability of clean water sources; increasing
multi-sensory art object in the shape of a falling drop of
community awareness about water conservation; and
water, designed to serve as a platform for debates on
developing training materials for education about
pressing environmental issues and to inspire discussions
sanitation and hygiene.
on both local and global water-related topics.
Karimova-Tillyaeva has long been a champion for the
Karimova-Tillyaevaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many charitable pursuits reflect her
environment. Aware of the growing urgency of climate
passionate belief that education, culture and art are
change, and particularly concerned about the condition
essential in promoting peace and tolerance, and that
of water, one of humanityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vital resources, she
they can function as a bridge to unite civilizations against
launched The Droplet Project in 2017 to harness the
ignorance and stereotypes.
R O S A R I O D A W S O N A B R I M A E R W I A H F R A N C A S O Z Z A N I AW A R D R E C I P I E N T S
ROSARIO DAWSON and ABRIMA ERWIAH Photo courtesy of JOSHUA JORDAN
ONE EIGHTY NINE Studio One Eighty Nine, co-founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, is an artisan produced fashion lifestyle brand and social enterprise that has recently won the prestigious CFDA Lexus Fashion Initiative for Sustainability. The brand is made in Africa and produces African and African-inspired content and clothing. The brand currently operates a store in NY and Accra (Ghana), an ecommerce site, a manufacturing facility in Accra, and supports various community led projects in Africa and in the USA. Studio 189 works with artisanal communities that specialize in various traditional craftsmanship techniques including natural plant based dye indigo, hand-batik, kente weaving and more. Studio 189 focuses on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training and partners with organizations such as the United Nations ITC Ethical
Fashion Initiative, NYU Stern School of Business and has collaborated with brands including Lexus. EDUN (LVMH), Fendi, Nike, Opening Ceremony, The Surf Lodge, Okay Africa and Yoox Net a Porter. Studio 189 is the recipient of various awards including the Martin Luther King Jr Social Justice award from Upenn in 2015, the MOCADA Social Justice award in 2016, the Design Miami Visionary award in 2017, the Filming On Italy Social Justice award in 2018, and the Africa-America Institute Entrepreneur Impact Award in 2018. The first collection launched on February 14, 2013 in honor of One Billion Rising. The mission took shape following a trip with Eve Enslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s V-Day and Dr. Mukwegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Panzi Hospital in February 2011, through Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the opening of the City of Joy.
ROSARIO D AW S O N ACTRESS / ACTIVIST / CO-FOUNDER, STUDIO 189
Rosario Dawson has starred in a range of
Upcoming projects include the Netflix produced
films including UNFORGETTABLE, TOP FIVE,
TRANCE, UNSTOPPABLE, RENT, THE 25th
DOUBLE TAP. On the TV side, Rosario joined
HOUR, MEN IN BLACK II, KIDS and the SIN CITY
the voice cast of “The Last Kids On Earth” and
franchise. She is the voice of Barbara Gordon/
will star as ‘Allegra Dill’ in the upcoming series
Batgirl in THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE and
BRIARPATCH produced by Sam Esmail.
voices Wonder Woman in several DC Animated films. For her performance in SEVEN POUNDS,
In 2013, Rosario founded Studio One Eighty
Dawson won Best Actress in a Motion Picture
Nine (Studio 189) with Abrima Erwiah, a
Award at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards.
fashion and media lifestyle brand made in
On the small screen, Dawson starred as ‘Claire
Africa that produces African and African-
Temple’ in the Netflix adaptation of the Marvel
inspired content and clothing. Studio 189 was
comic book series “Daredevil”, “Luke Cage”,
recently the recipient of the prestigious CFDA
“Iron Fist” “Jessica Jones” and “The Defenders”.
Lexus Sustainable Fashion Initiative prize and
She is now finishing her 2nd and final season
of other various awards including the Martin
portraying Jane Ramos in JANE THE VIRGIN.
Luther King Jr Social Justice award from UPenn,
the MOCADA Social Justice award, the Design Miami Visionary award, the Filming On Italy Social Justice award, the international women of power sankofa award, and more. Dawson is an activist lending her time to a range of influential organizations, most notably Voto Latino, which she co-founded in 2004 to help empower Latino millennials to vote and influence change in government. Dawson is an active board member of V-Day, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Operation USA and the Environmental Media Association. She was also honored with the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer Service Award for her valuable contributions to the community.
ABRIMA ERWIAH CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR STUDIO 189
Abrima Erwiah (based between Accra and New
Erwiah believes that fashion can be an agent of
York), with actress and activist Rosario Dawson,
social change and her mission is to to do work
is the co-founder of Studio One Eighty Nine,
that contributes to society, that has sustainable
an artisan produced fashion lifestyle brand
impact, that is innovative and strategic. Erwiah
and social enterprise that has recently won the
is a luxury goods industry executive with
prestigious CFDA Lexus Fashion Initiative for
experience in sustainable development, global
Sustainability. The brand is made in Africa and
sales and marketing, production, operations,
produces African and African-inspired content
digital, general management and international
and clothing. The brand currently operates a
development. She has worked in luxury goods,
store in NY and Accra (Ghana), an ecommerce
fashion, accessories, beauty as well as in
site, a manufacturing facility in Accra, and
the agriculture sector. She has worked with
supports various community led projects in
corporations, NGOS and governments. She
Africa and in the USA. Studio 189 works with
has worked as an advisor to the United Nations
artisanal communities that specialize in various
traditional craftsmanship techniques including
Initiative and has worked as the Global Associate
natural plant based dye indigo, hand-batik,
Communications and Marketing Director as
kente weaving and more. Studio 189 focuses
well as the Worldwide Social Media Director
on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting
at Bottega Veneta (Kering Group). Additionally,
education and skills training.
she has held various positions at luxury brands
including Hermes/John Lobb, Cesare Paciotti
the High School of Fashion Industries committee,
and Bureau Betak. She has worked and traveled
Shine on Sierra Leone. She has also recently joined
extensively internationally and has lived in New
Vanity Fair and One Young World’s list of people
York City, Milan, Florence, Kampala and Accra.
leading the charge towards achieving the UN’s
She is fluent in English, French; proficient in Italian
17 SDGs. She was featured in Nike’s campaign
and understands Spanish.
celebrating Women entrepreneurs. She is the recipient of various awards including the Martin
She developed a master’s at NYU Gallatin
Luther King Jr. Social Justice award from Upenn, the
studying the economic impact of luxury goods
MOCADA Social Justice award, the Design Miami
in Africa and wrote her thesis at NYU Ghana.
Visionary award, the Filming On Italy Social Justice
She graduated with a bachelor of science in
award, the Africa-America Institute Entrepreneur
finance and international business from NYU
Impact Award, the international women of power
Stern School of Business.
sankofa award and more.
She was appointed marketing mentor for Afripads in
She is a published author, has guest lectured
Uganda through the Kering Foundation for Women’s
at various universities and spoken at various
Dignity & Rights. She supports various organizations
conferences including Harvard, NYU, Upenn,
including V-day, the Lower East Side Girls Club,
RISD, Radford University, Google, CFDA, IMG,
Fashion Revolution USA, 14plus foundation, and
Estee Lauder, One Young World and more.
A B R I A N L E A G U E O F G E N T L E M E N AW A R D R E C I P I E N T Jacob Abrian is the founder and chief executive officer of the Arab Fashion Council (AFC), the world’s largest non-profit council. AFC is an international, non-governmental organization that represents 22 Arab countries that are members of the Arab League. Abrian has been at the helm of the Council since 2012, when he was 22 years old. This milestone positioned him as the youngest founder in the world to represent an international organization. Abrian’s role includes managing AFC’s membership, international partnerships, as well as driving the Council’s future vision initiatives, which includes developing the talents of young designers.
A fashionista in his own right, Abrian spearheads this noble initiative through AFCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong business alliances. His strong and unique leadership style has been instrumental in positioning the organization and the Arab World on the international fashion scene. As an ambassador of the Arab fashion and design, Abrian is also responsible for setting up the proper infrastructure of fashion - from retail to commerce to education.
Abrian studied Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan. He also received an honorary high-school degree in Life Science in 2007. Abrian also pursued a short course in Film Making and Fine Arts before obtaining his second honorary Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2014. However, throughout his studies, fashion still remained his lifetime dream. This drove him to become a model with an Italian modeling agency in 2012. He eventually started modeling for renowned brands like Moscot, Ermanno, Scervino and Roberto Cavalli, becoming the first international male model of Arabic roots. Despite having not studied fashion, Abrian has made remarkable fashion achievements over the years. Dubai had its first Arab Fashion Week in October 2015 and Abrian was the mind behind this event, which placed Arab fashion in the international limelight. Abrianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream has always been to ensure that Arab fashion receives the same attention as other brands internationally. Now, Dubai holds the Arab Fashion Week twice every year. In April 2018, Abrian organized yet another first Arab Fashion Week in the capital of Saudi Arabia, which was a huge success and received global attention.
Abrian is also keen on protecting the environment. In May 2018, he launched the AFC Green Label - a forum that advocates for the use of ecologically, sustainable and ethical materials. During Arab Fashion Week, the AFC promotes this noble theme. Designers participating in the event are sponsored to showcase their designs under the Green Label’s branding. Additionally, Abrian started a sponsorship program for young, talented Arab designers with the aim of encouraging them to be creative and competitive. Under the AFC umbrella, he embarked on a mission to promote peace through fashion. Together with like-minded partners, he has been at the forefront of youth and women’s empowerment initiatives in fashion and education. Having been involved in other noble initiatives, Abrian also actively supports the “Sew For Syria” program, which provides fashion education to the women and children at the refugee camps in Jordan. This initiative assists women by teaching them how to make clothes for their children. In addition, Abrian also supports “Brides Do Good” – a campaign against child marriage, which aims to empower young girls to complete their education. Abrian is working at promoting peace while promoting fashion and culture. He is also passionate about empowering both women and children. He also launched a scholarship program that supports high school students and undergraduates to pursue higher education at world-class universities in Italy and the United Arab Emirates. 58
S T E R L I N G M C D A V I D E M I L Y B U R N E T T W O M E N â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S C H A M P I O N AW A R D R E C I P I E N T S
STERLING M C D AV I D CO-FOUNDER, CO-CEO, PRESIDENT
Sterling McDavid is an entrepreneur known
McDavid made the decision to leave her
primarily for her keen eye for design and
Wall Street career as a Goldman Sachs
fashion, nose for fragrance and passion for
analyst after an eye-opening trip to Vietnam
philanthropy. Sterling is the Co-Founder, Co-
with UNICEF. She decided she wanted to
CEO and President of Burnett New York, a
focus her energies on helping women and
luxury womenswear brand she founded with
children in need by creating social impact
Emily Burnett. Sterling and Emily met when Emily
businesses. Inspired by how much one solar
began designing Sterling’s custom wedding
panel can provide a single community, she
gown when she was Creative Director at Dennis
launched The Starling Project, a luxur y home
Basso. The two agreed that the fashion world
fragrance line that, with ever y sale, helps
was missing a powerful female-founded and
provide solar energy to families in need
women’s empowerment focused luxury label, so
they began working on a business plan for what
is now Burnett New York. McDavid tapped her network of diverse, inspiring women to find nine female investors to fund Burnett.
McDavid ser ves as a member of the UNICEF New York Board of Directors. In 2016, she received the UNICEF Champion for Children award at the annual Children First Gala for her dedication to helping women and children globally. She also received the President’s Volunteer Ser vice Award from President Barack Obama for her philanthropic work. She was named a top female entrepreneur by Town & Countr y magazine and was one of 50 women listed on the magazine’s Modern Swans list in 2017. She has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Town & Countr y, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar and Downtown Magazine NYC.
E M I LY BURNETT C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R / C E O
Emily Burnett, since serving as Creative Director
After graduating from Parsons School of Design
for Dennis Basso has gained international
in Fashion Design (in the same graduating class
recognition within the luxury fashion industry
as Michelle and Carly from Cushnie et Ochs,
for her infinitely feminine sensibility and cutting-
now Cushnie and Elizabeth Kennedy from
edge innovation in evening inspired sportswear,
Elizabeth Kennedy New York), Burnett launched
eveningwear, and bridal.
her career as a designer at Ralph Lauren Black
Attention to detail,
craftsmanship, and effortless style characterize
label working under Whitney Fairchild.
her signature aesthetic. Later she made a move to New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Burnett
luxury design house, Dennis Basso. By age
launched her design career by moving to New
23, she became the Creative Director for the
York City in 2003 and attending the prestigious
Dennis Basso brand as well as the parent
art school, Parsons School of Design. At
company Stallion Inc. Her debut collection for
Parsons, she received high accommodations in
the Dennis Basso Spring 2010 runway created
fashion for being the finalist in an accessories
a powerful shift in the brand image featuring
competition and then becoming a global finalist
an ultra feminine, luxe line up of cocktail and
gaining sponsorship for her senior thesis.
evening dresses. This quickly became her
signature touch on the label and generated
profit partners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burnett New York champions
hype amongst top stylists Burnett has worked
sustainable practices and supply chain visibility
with like Patti Wilson, Lori Goldstein, Kate
white fighting for inclusion in all forms- from age
Young, Anya Zirourova, and Gillian Wilkins as
to body positivity to diversity.â&#x20AC;? - CFDA
well as with supermodels, Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman, Hilary Rhoda, and
In addition to fashion, Burnett has participated in
Rianne Ten Haken.
non-profit work including a mentorship program within She Fights, dedicated to supporting young
In 2018, Burnett exited Basso to launch her
women in underprivileged areas in all aspects of
eponymous luxury line with Co-Founder and Co-
their lives through leadership and encouragement
CEO Sterling McDavid. Co-Founded by women,
within a fitness community. Burnett is also
Burnett New York provides boldly feminine luxury
training to become a mentor within the Gracie
fashion with a mission to inspire and empower
University Women Empowered program at Ronin
all women through fashion and social initiatives.
Athletics in New York City, a program designed
The Burnett goal is to reframe the fashion
to incorporate using the official Gracie self-
space by investing in education, prioritizing
defense techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu designed
female hires, and supporting a roster of non-
specifically for women.
OPMENT AWA R D S C E R E M O N Y
A N J U R
P AY I N G I T 4 WA R D Social awareness and responsibility have always been close to Anju Rupalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. Born in Britain to Indian parents, and armed with degrees in sociology and ethnology, she has always taken a proactive stance to injustice and inequality. Her adventures in social advocacy began in her early twenties when she was jailed for speaking up during a Greenpeace protest in London, against the dumping of toxic waste into the sea.
Thereafter, she began her career as a social worker, focusing on gender inequality. After moving to Switzerland, she continued her work by running a home for victims of domestic violence. Later, along with two pediatricians, she founded Swissmedikids, Switzerland’s first private walk-in emergency clinic for children, which currently occupies four locations in Switzerland. The next stage was to address the environment: Rupal launched weforest.org, an environmental foundation which has been instrumental in planting over 20 million trees. While she currently maintains a less active role within the structure, she remains an active member of the board. It was in this context that she met Indian farmers in remote parts of the country and found the inspiration, and the plants, for her next project. Rupal describes her desire to become an entrepreneur ‘to give capitalism a heart’. For years, she struggled to obtain funding from external sources. With her next initiative, she felt it was time to make the money rather than ask for it. This is how, in 2013, Abhati came to fruition.
Abhati Suisse is a B-Corp social enterprise that brings together the virtues of Indian ayurvedic medicine and Swiss botanicals to create fair-trade, sustainable, and high potency hair and skin care products. It was created as a revolutionary, superiorquality, natural and active product range, with a proprietary complex developed by a team of highly respected scientists and cosmetologists in a state-of-the-art laboratory in Switzerland. The oils, lotions and cleansers feature adaptogens to repair skin and hair from within. Abhati’s products are of exceptionally high quality and are loved as much by celebrity makeup artists as they are by skincare experts. Every product purchased from Abhati sends a girl in India to school. Abhati’s B-Corp certification is the cherry on the cake: not only is it highly difficult to obtain, it also provides the validation that Abhati’s business model is ethically and environmentally sound, as well as a force for good.
“A B H AT I I S M O R E T H A N J U ST A P R O D U C T ; IT’S A WAY TO IM PACT P E O P LE ’S LI V E S A N D E M P OW E R T HE M . T HR O U GH ABH ATI, WE CA N H E L P G IR LS I N I N D I A GR OW U P I N SA F E R , C LE A N E R CON DITIO N S . A N D WE ’ R E P OS I T I V E T HAT I N T HE I R R O LE AS F U T U R E LEADE R S A N D M OTH E R S , THE I R K N OW LE D GE A N D I N C R E AS E D AWA R E N E SS WIL L B E PASSE D O N TO F O LLOW I N G GE N E R AT I O N S .”
With education and philanthropy at the forefront of the business model, Abhati has been actively participating in the development of girls in India, sending 160,000 young women to school so far. Consumers themselves are the ones who are the philanthropists in this instance: the purchase of each product sends a girl to school for one week. Rupal was selected to take part as a cohort in the Sephora 2018 program, among hundreds of candidates worldwide who are also recognized agents for change in the beauty industry. Thanks to Rupalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication and the pay-it-forward approach called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sevaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in India, the company is going from strength to strength, with a very strong presence online and in key retail locations all over the world. Driven by her beliefs and her infectious passion, Rupal has won over some of the most respected players from the beauty industry including famed perfumer Geza Schoen. Everyone has donated valuable time to help her develop what is the most aesthetically carved natural and clean beauty brand. As a result of her repeated successes and social endeavors, Rupal has been invited to make regular speaking engagements including TED talks, in which she discusses sustainable business practices that benefit communities. Rupal lives and works in the Swiss alpine town of Appenzell with her husband and their two grown daughters.
MERRIA D E A R M A N ONE STRAND AT A T I M E To put it simply, Merria Dearman loves helping people. For the past two decades, Dearman has changed the lives of men and women from all walks of life. Some have been trying to reclaim their identity while battling medical hair loss, while others are seeking a brand new look or simply an enhancement of their existing one. Her profound contribution to the world reminds us just how much hair is part of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity.
Dearman began her career as a hairstylist in Santa Rosa, CA where, within two years, she was recognized and awarded nationally. Being eternally curious and eager to learn, she made the decision to further her education at Vancouver Film School, expanding her skills to makeup and hair for film and stage. It was while studying character design, that Dearman fell in love with the art of wig making. After earning her degree, she returned home to find her beloved Aunt had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. When her aunt lost her hair during treatment, Dearman used her skills to build a hyper-realistic wig that allowed her aunt to feel beautiful and confident during the most difficult time of her life. It was while helping her aunt that Dearman realized her true calling.
In 2013, Dearman moved to New York City and opened her own wig salon on the Upper East Side. After only a year, Dearman was so busy she needed assistance in fabricating her designs to keep up with demand. Turning to different parts of the world, Dearman was exposed to the global practices of the hair trade and mass market wig manufacturing. Dearman decided it would be her mission to source only from facilities with fair market practices – those that pay women fair market prices directly for their hair, as well those whose workers are paid a fair wage and are not forced to work with harsh chemicals. She herself traveled to the countries of origin to see how exactly the hair is harvested and processed and to ensure her standards would be met in the work environment. Dearman spent time sharing her knowledge and teaching how hair can be processed without harmful chemicals and how a wig should be built from start to finish. Today, Dearman continues to ethically source hair and expand her reach while educating and elevating the wig industry. She sources directly in China and Indonesia, Eastern Europe, Vietnam and even right here in the United States. Dearman says “Hair is a naturally occurring commodity. It’s organic, decomposes and continues to be of great value. If we can be humane in the sourcing and fully responsible for the processing without hurting our environment or the people in it, we win. We are helping a billion-dollar industry on a path to regulation, while ensuring the public is informed, protected and empowered when purchasing.”
Dearman was highlighted in the 2017 New York Times article entitled “Last of New York’s Master Wigmakers” introducing her to an even larger audience. She continues to help her clients suffering from hair loss, while also working with the celebrity film and editorial world. She has worked with Tony Award winning designers and celebrity stylists, with hair gracing the heads of Gisele Bundchen, Irina Shayk, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Fergie, Madonna, Karlie Kloss, and many more. Dearman’s goal has always been to help anyone that needs something beautiful and well made to be informed, protected and empowered when purchasing an ethically and responsibly made wig. She is meeting and surpassing that goal everyday – one strand at a time.
J O S H
H A R R Y
PRO TOOLS Harry
In 2013, he launched his namesake
Canada. Before his freelance career
hair tool line: Harry Josh Pro Tools.
took off, Harry was doing double
His much-lauded Pro Dryer 2000 is a
duty as a celebrity hairdresser and
favorite of celebrities, stylists and real
casting director for Marc Jacobs and
men and women alike. Today, Harry
Louis Vuitton. Now, Joshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s days are
Josh Pro Tools consists of two hair
filled doing editorial work for Harperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
dryers, two curling irons, a flat iron,
Bazaar, British Vogue, GQ, Allure ,
a diffuser, and an array of brushes,
and other leading fashion magazines.
combs and clips.
His products are made in France in
photographers in the fashion industry
workshops that provide fair wage
including Patrick Demarchelier, Annie
and proper work conditions. Josh
Leibovitz, Carter Smith, Nino Munoz,
uses natural fair trade products and
Miles Aldridge, Stephane Sednoui,
promotes and leads an eco-sustainable
Gilles Bensimon and Walter Chin.
lifestyle in his daily routine.
He has appeared on many national and international daytime television
Josh has touched the heads of Rose
programs including Oprah and The
Byrne, Irina Shayk, Olivia Wilde,
Today Show. He has worked on
international advertising campaigns for
Hillary Swank, Ellen Pompeo, Christy
clients including Anne Klein, Max Factor,
Turlington, Helena Christensen, Cindy
Ralph Lauren, Maybelline, Bulgari and
Crawford, Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss
the famous Got Milk campaign.
THE LONDON LIP
DR. RITA RAKUS DR. RITA RAKUS IS A REMARKABLE INDUSTRY LEADER who has practiced non-surgical cosmetic medicine and anti-aging treatments for over 25 years in her clinic in Knightsbridge, London. Over this time, she has become a leader in her field. In addition to winning multiple awards, she co-founded and is a Fellow of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine. She has also been inscribed onto the Wall of Honor at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and has recently been awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by Safety in Beauty.
She has trained and lectured all over the world and
Professor Brian Kennedy (Buck Institute /NUS) as
is a trusted mentor for hundreds of aesthetic medical
¬well as Thomas Weldon, who are launching the
professionals internationally. She appears regularly
latest natural anti-aging product called REJUVANT,
in the media and has recently been appointed
which will be available to the public.
Global Ambassador for BTL EMsculpt and EMsella (a leading medical aesthetic machine company, based
Dr. Rakus has also launched her own cosmeceutical
in Prague). Additionally, she is working closely with
skin products line with specific emphasis on the
ICE Aesthetics (Berlin) with their new generation of
environment; among them, her recently launched
cosmetic and health promoting machines, which has
neck lift cream avoids the use of any palm
taken cryolipolisis treatments to the next level without
derivatives, kernel, oil or palmitrates, thus preserving
the need for any disposables.
natural forestation in conjunction with a new, targeted partnership with manufacturers that focuses
In addition to her relationship with the BUCK Institute
on saving the natural habitat for the orangutan and
- a leading independent, biomedical research
center for aging, age-related disease, and stem cell research, that works with the anti-aging arm
Her SPF 50 sunscreen uses naturally sourced
of Google Calico – Dr. Rakus has been recently
ingredients, aloe barbadensis or, aloe vera. The
nominated to join Singapore’s NUS Yong Loo
packaging of the products has been developed
School of Medicine International Council (NIC) in
to ensure that only recycled, recyclable and
recognition of her work within the aesthetic and anti-
biodegradable packaging is used.
sunscreen has been awarded Best Product in the
Editor’s List category and is endorsed by Melissa She is also busy working with various projects,
Odabash, who sponsors many charities, including
including one with leading anti-aging scientist,
O T H E R P R O D U C T S , I N I T I AT I V E S A N D PA R T N E R S H I P S I N C L U D E : H Y D R A FA C I A L
Dr. Rakus has worked closely with HydraFacial
Working closely with John Gillen in London, Dr.
Inc. who launched a new skin health initiative in
Rakus offers the anti-aging therapy NADcell+, which
May 2019 – FACE THE WORLD.
combines enzyme NAD+ Nicotinamide adenine
Based on their
dinucleotide, the metabolite required for cell function.
the Skin Health Pyramid, a holistic approach to
Dubbed the ‘miracle molecule’, ongoing scientific
skin health incorporating all research findings and
evidence is identifying the enormous cellular potential
contributing factors. It starts with foundational habits,
for numerous conditions as well as the vital component
such as drinking enough water, consistently wearing
for regenerative medicine.
sunscreen or refraining from smoking. She ensures that her staff follows this protocol and educates their
NUTRITION - PROLON
She has been awarded the
As a result of her association with Dr. Valter Longo,
Middle East Best Facial Award for her combination
Dr. Rakus actively promotes Prolon, which is a plant
of the HydraFacial/Dr. Levy protocol.
based, five-day fast mimicking diet program that has been carefully studied and designed to nourish and
promote positive changes, decreasing inflammatory
Dr. Rakus has introduced the concept of regular
markers and improving the autoimmune system.
Wellness and LifeStyle clinics and firmly believes in
The products contain no additives, preservatives or
providing a wide array of clinically proven and holistic
treatments to improve patient well-being that include:
The Wellness Clinics incorporate Blue Zone,
cosmeceutical ingredients to naturally firm, plump
cutting edge nutrition, epigenetics, and facial
and smooth skin. With the discover y of dermal
yoga and Dr. Rakus is currently exploring the V-Spa
plant stem cells in 2009 (which are ultimately
with Dr. Carolyn DeLucia, empowering women
responsible for creating and maintaining the
to achieve wellness in all sectors. She has also
fibroblast-collagen-elastin matrix), he has finally
had discussions with industry luminaries such as
harnessed the skin’s ver y own anti-wrinkle system
Marigay McKee and Carmen Busquests regarding
to target aging at its source, and developed and
clean, cutting edge beauty products.
manufactured the products in Switzerland, using the purest and highest quality environmentally
She has partnered with Dr. Raj Kanodia (Beverly
friendly Swiss ingredients.
Hills) who, in addition to being a world-famous rhinoplasty specialist, has just launched his natural
In the pursuit of clean beauty products and
AMLA (Indian gooseberry ‘elixir of life’) products,
empowerment initiatives, Dr. Rakus has been
which has been endorsed by the Kardashians. It
fortunate to enlist both community and women
boasts being very high in anti-oxidant and anti-
at the source in charitable projects via these
inflammatory benefits. Dr. Kanodia supports many
endeavors. Through these efforts and the collective
empowering charitable ventures.
contributions of these essential partners, she looks forward to tracking results that aid in the
She also works closely with Dr. Philip Levy
sustainability of the planet, and is very excited
(Geneva) who is a leading dermatologist that
about her involvement in the modern clean beauty
heads one of Europe’s most prestigious private
trend, which has changed significantly over the
practices. He searched for the most powerful
last 25 years.
DR. MARINA PEREDO Dr. Marina Peredo is a board-certified dermatologist
Since she was not able to pursue an education in the
with over 25 years of experience, and has been
Soviet Union, her family decided to immigrate to the
labeled a super-doctor by The New York Times as
United States. She attended Queens College, where
well as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly. She believes
her advisor told her she would never get into medical
that dermatologists can have a direct impact on a
school because she was a foreigner who barely spoke
personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confidence and she brings her concept of
English. She never liked for people to tell her that she
aesthetic artistry to a whole new level at her modern
couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do or achieve something, so she persevered
practice, Skinfluence, in Manhattan.
and was accepted at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where she pursued a degree in dermatology.
Marina Peredo was born in Kiev and went to high school in the Ukraine when it was still the Soviet Union. She
An artist by nature, she wanted to combine her love
graduated as a valedictorian, but was not accepted
for fashion, beauty, and science, and decided to go
into Kiev University because of the rampant corruption
into plastic surgery. At that time, students had to do
at that time.
five years of general surgery and two years of plastic surgery, and it was normal to work from 5 in the
When she was six years old, she lost her grandmother
morning to 10 at night. Having a five-year old son at
to lung cancer and decided that she wanted to be a
the time, she realized it would be unfair to him, and
doctor because she wanted to find a cure for cancer.
decided to find a specialty that had a more balanced
lifestyle. She loved dermatology because it’s very visual
At the moment, one of the latest anti-aging procedures
and helps with other problems that are skin-deep. Eighty
she offers is called Firmatherapy, a customized blend
percent of her patients are women. When people seek
of micro-focused ultrasound used to tighten and lift the
aesthetic procedures, they might be looking for a new
skin, combined with fillers to relax and smooth out the
job, or the kids left for college, and now they are trying
wrinkles. This is her version of a liquid facelift. One
to find themselves. She helps them look and feel better,
of the newest treatments she offers at Skinfluence is
while boosting their confidence. She truly believes that
the facial treatment called Skinfluencer, a fractionated
confidence equals power.
laser resurfacing and micro needling with plasma rich platelets which provides an immediate glow, smoothes
When she asks her patients ‘What brings you here?,’
out wrinkles, tightens the pores and rebirths the skin.
a lot of times it’s not that they want to look younger. They just want to be the best version of themselves. She
It is important to mention that the neck and under eye
also has young patients. Recently, she treated a high
areas age faster than the rest of the body because
school senior with severe acne, and as a result, she
the skin on the neck is very thin. Also, people forget
wanted to be home-schooled but the school said no.
to care for their necks. The newest treatment for the
After five months, she looked like a different person,
neck is Secret RF, a micro-needling process with radio
she went to prom and came back with a thank-you
frequency. It tightens the skin and improves the texture,
note. She regained the confidence to go back to
helping with crepey skin. She is excited to offer this
school. Peredo does a lot of mentoring and teaches
treatment because in the past there were no non-surgical
residents at Mount Sinai. “Women should encourage
options to treat the neck.
other women,” she says, “I was fortunate that I had female mentors in my life, and it’s really helped me
Peredo’s specialty is cosmetic dermatology, the process
professionally and personally.”
of transforming faces and creating a customized plan for the best outcome according to patient’s age and
Peredo states that it’s never too early to start facial
lifestyle. She believes what makes a woman beautiful is
maintenance. In the 20’s and 30’s one can start with pre-
her confidence, a sense of humor, and her smile. She
juvenation—a combination treatment of great skincare,
would like to empower people with knowledge and
chemical peels, micro-needling, basic lasers, mini Botox
beauty. When it comes to fighting for women’s equality,
and fillers. With the proper skin care and newest laser
she hopes her practice helps bring more women to
treatments, we can reset the skin 5-10 years younger.
CEO positions, and get equal pay for equal work.
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DAV I D ANDRE Born in Port -Au- Prince, Haiti, David Andre always wanted to be a fashion designer since his childhood. After his classical studies, he decided to take his passion in hand and took classes in fashion design, costume history, merchandising at the Academy Faith Verona (Haiti), classes for self-esteem, maintenance and modeling at Perfection Academy (Haiti ). Patternmaking and draping at Formamod in Paris. Years after years David gained experience and created a name in Haiti and abroad and participates in various Fashion Weeks in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica , Martinique, Bahamas, London,
Spain, Trinidad &
Tobago , Ecuador, New York, Miami, Berlin, Paris, Dakar, Barbados, etc. His work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines. After all these years of creation, David is not prepared to stop, utilizing his positive attitude he wants to realize his dream, which is to be known worldwide and be the pride of Haiti.
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CHRISTELLE DOMINIQUE Christelle
Beaubrun founded MeJeanne Couture in 2008. It is undoubtedly one of the largest custom sewing houses in Haiti. MeJeanne Couture grew with people realizing how beneficial it is to order custom design dress that reflects their personalities and is made with their own measurements.MeJeanne Couture specializes in custom evening gowns, custom bridal gowns, custom prom dress and custom pageant gowns.
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HELMER J OS E P H A tailor by craft and training, Helmer is a
Concurrently, he works on his own creations. An alchemist
demanding perfectionist who left Montreal
of volumes, Helmer creates fashions free of superfluity and
to go to Paris shortly after completing his
minimalism. His constant search for perfection and refinement
studies at Lasalle College. An outstanding
eventually led him back to Montreal, where he can fully and
technician and plastician, Helmer has
effectively devote himself to his art. He puts his 20 years of
practiced his art for the benefits of some
European know-how at the service of his private clientele.
of the greatest names in fashion and
He also creates costumes for the stage and wedding dresses
performing arts in France, Italy, Japan and
reflecting a daring blend of techniques, styles and materials.
Spain. He has completed his training in
Some of his limited-edition creations are available in the great
knits, embroidery, art and textile design.
fashion capitals of the world.
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C H A R LOT T E
TA N I S
Charlotte Tanis is a passionate professional
for dynamic men and women. She also operates a company
in the fashion industry, with 22 years
that produces uniforms for companies and sets up a network of
of experience. With a background in
small workshops to which she subcontracts some of the work.
Architecture from Quisqueya University, she was awarded a scholarship in Spain
Charlotte Tanis was recently selected by the WE Americas
where she took courses in Haute Couture
program (Women Entrepreneurs of America) which train
and Fashion Design at ESDI (Escuela
women entrepreneurs and managers of small businesses.
de DiseĂąo) in Barcelona Sabadell. Her
The goal of the program is to promote women entrepreneurs,
workshop, Charlotte Couture, tailors a
give them management tools to develop their businesse and
range of trendy, original and fun clothes
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MAELLE FIGARO D AV I D Maëlle
Owner and CEO of Maëlle Créations, she learned after
designer specialized in haute couture
a sector evaluation the need to diversify the company’s
with more than thirty years of and has
activities. She reoriented the company and its production
made a name for herself in this sector
towards the creation, confection and distribution of uniforms
in Haiti. After starting university studies
of all kinds, including stage costumes and clothing for the
at the Faculty of Law and Economics,
she decided to leave her studies to indulge in her favorite hobby. Women of Isles, she knew how to utilize her works in the ultimate Creole spirit in all that they comprise of free but modulated extravagance.
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M A R I E L U C I E CADET To transform a piece of fabric into
Her clothes are light, easy to wear and have a West Indian touch.
a fashion creation, or to integrate it
She uses natural fibers, such as cotton, especially crumpled
into a pictorial work, such has always
cotton, silk and linen, which are ideal for the tropical climate
been the goal of Marie Lucie (Malou)
and are suitable for painting and dyeing. These garments thus
Cadet. After studying Fashion Design
created become unique pieces. Malou also specializes in the
at the Mayer School of Fashion Design
design of stage clothing and for more than fifteen years she
in New York, she specialized in fuzzy
has worked for the biggest dance companies in her country.
sewing at ESMOD School in Paris. Back
Along with his career as a stylist, Malou is also a painter. She
in her native Haiti, she opened her own
works with both acrylic and ink, and in her collages, the many
sewing workshop and shop (Amphore
facets of her art come together. She has numerous exhibitions
Boutique) where she designed, made
to her credit, in Haiti and abroad, notably at the Anima G
and sold her creations.
gallery in Quebec City.
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DENIS T O U AT Sibylle Denis Touat was born into a family of musicians and began very early music and painting lessons with well-known artists from the Port-au-Prince Art Center. A Fine Arts graduate from the College of New Rochelle, New York, since 2001, she
international exhibitions as a visual artist on jewelry design. Her creations are part of private collections of personalities such as the actress Angelina Jolie, the fashion designer Donna Karan, and Kim Kardashian. Denis Touat is a member of the Culturama Foundation and is the author of a biographical book on an exceptional pianist “Micheline Laudun Denis, Music, Life
working on the publication of a book on Designers of Haiti entitled: “Haiti, Creators of Dreams.”
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YVENS ORELIEN Yvens
in contemporary style. He works in collaboration with two
professional painter, artist, designer, and
seasoned artists known for their elegant touch in sculpture: Jean
art teacher, studying at several schools in
Eddy Remy and Joseph Serge Jolimeau.
Haiti. He began his career as an artist very early as an apprentice of his father. From
In 2007, Orelien decided to create his own company, KAYAVA.
Orelien’s specific motifs and characteristics
He uses brushes, paint, spatulas, and metal cut iron, producing
of the gods of his pantheon, the “vèvès”,
colorful voodoo flags as well as various handicrafts. Some are
he exceeds by creating original pieces.
used for voodoo ritual ceremonies; others are sold to local art
He uses a new art mode but more or less
lovers or visiting foreign tourists.
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DJENANE DESROULEAUX Born
A lover of nature and a women empowerment enthusiast, her
Desrouleaux discovered her love for apparel
designs are inspired by the intricacy of God’s creations and
design early in her childhood and created
femininity. In 2008, she launched her African print handbag and
her first garment at the age of 8: A hand-
sewn strapless red dress made out of socks. She studied fashion design and marketing at
Djenane Desrouleaux carries her heritage wherever she goes,
America’s Intercontinental University (AIU).
showcasing her culture throughout her designs, incorporating a dash of creole in every piece created. She has dressed Miss Haiti
Having learned her sewing skills being “the
(2010), Miss Nigeria (2007), renowned model Tico Armand,
help” at her mother’s Atelier, Desrouleaux
and singer Riva Nyri Precil in contemporary traditional clothing,
was commissioned by her schoolmates to
a style she aims to promote. Desrouleaux now resides in Port-au-
sew for them during her college days. After
Prince where she runs her Atelier working on the globalization of
graduating, she turned that venture into
Caribbean trends, using the national karabella fabric, madras
a business and opened her first Atelier in
and African print fabrics. Her focus is illustrating the beauty of
Miami, Florida, making custom clothing.
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Born and raised in Haiti, Miko Guillaume
Guillaume shapes his work through otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feedback constructive
has been sewing since his high school
criticism. If he were to label his work, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say that he represents
years. Growing up with a mother that
a free urban style. People recognized in his touch, a lot of
sewed for fun and a father involved in
baroque and rustic influences, but the attention he brings to the
the fashion artistry is in his DNA. He
details of a garment is what really defines his work.
lives for fashion. Self-taught, Guillaume acquired his skills and experiences through internships, training, learning from others and evaluating his own work.
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PASCALE THEARD Pascale Théard grew up in Port-au-Prince,
In 2003, Theard launched her own brand of leather accessories,
at the rhythm of drums, the leather, and
“Pascale Théard Créations” with a logo Vèvè, the supreme emblem
the laughter of the craftsmen that resonates
of voodoo art “Swollen bet” because never before this fundamental
in the air to merge. She is the daughter
element of the Haitian identity been used commercially. By this
of a Haitian industrialist and heiress of
choice, fully makes one undeniable statement: Haiti is voodoo and
a 200-year-old family tannery. Pascale
the opposite too. Theard decided to push further this philosophy of
is an art lover, a French mother, and a
100% Haitian luxury by applying it to a whole art of living: in 2011,
creator with a great idea: “dare” a luxury
she created a second cocktail even more explosive, “1804 Design”.
craftsmanship in Haiti, combining ancestral
Some saw a certain taste for provocation in having associated
know-how and the handmade traditions of
1804, the birth of Haiti, with Design, seal of modernity. But for
boot makers and leather workers of major
Theard, paradoxes are sources of richness and inspiration. It is an
art of living, in a few words, which repeats itself, without flinching.
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PHELICIA DELL Phelicia Dell was born in Port-au-Prince,
Heir to the great Haitian voodoo tradition, Dell creates collections
Haiti. Daughter of a seamstress and
Vèvè handbags beautiful. A professional stylist, Phelicia Dell has
a textile factory supervisor, Phelicia’s
built a unique technique over time. This mixture of voodoo and
artistic skills were easily recognized by
fashion is characteristic of her art, as one of the leading Haitian
her mother and their acquaintances at a
designers. Dell’s creations can be found on the pages of the most
very early age. At fifteen, she was given
popular fashion magazines in Haiti and internationally. In 2009,
her first sewing machine purchased by
she won the Diane Von Furstenberg Award, a handbag design
her mother in Miami, where she and her
competition, in which women’s stylists from Haiti, Guatemala,
Nigeria and Cambodia participated.
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O LG A- N O R A LEREBOURS Born in Haiti, Olga-Nora Lerebours was
Under her own brand, Tipik Creations, Lerebours’ creations
raised in Port-au-Prince, and attended
range from furniture and product designs to homewares that
INAGHEI / Universite d’Etat d’Haiti and
are inspired by nature, complex in form and structure. Ideas
graduated with a Business Administration
can be transformed into an interior accessory, a large scale
Degree. Her design inspiration is drawn
interior design or ranges of mass produced furniture. Nora has
from her Haitian heritage, combining
now taken this vast wealth of practical and creative skills to
traditional techniques with contemporary
offer a unique service on different projects and collaborations,
especially within the interior design Eco friendly industry. Recent
an extensive network of artisans and
projects have included private homes for clients, Hotel Imperial
producers who have a detailed knowledge
in Cap Haitien, a new café (under construction), 12 stores and
of Ecologic product.
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ANGEL TOUCH Nathania A. Dominique is a certified natural health entrepreneur who created Angel Touch Beauty, a line of uniquely formulated products that unlock your natural beauty. The brand believes that the power of nature that nourishes the body and spirit. Its body scrubs, soaps, lotions, and body oils are made from premium oils and organic salt. All ingredients are carefully sourced from the natural resources of Haiti and around the world. Angel Touch Beauty is committed to both quality products and quality of life.
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BU RNE T T N E W Y O R K is a luxury women’s ready-to-wear, eveningwear, and outerwear brand. Co-founded by Emily Burnett and Sterling McDavid, Burnett is a brand by women, for all women. Burnett New York’s Mission is to inspire and empower all women through fashion and social initiatives. Our goal is to reframe the fashion space by investing in education, prioritizing female hires, and supporting a roster of non-profit partners. Emily and Sterling met in 2016 when Emily began to design Sterling’s custom Dennis Basso wedding gown. Sterling was so impressed with Emily’s designs and craftsmanship that she asked why she had not yet launched her own brand. The idea of Burnett New York was born and the two women began to build the business.
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FADIL BERISHA Acclaimed fashion photographer Fadil
Carmen Dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Orefice, whom he photographed
can testify is more than a beautiful woman. The book combines essays, diaries,
memories, stories of friendship, and is and an exploration of the relationship between
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A V A I L A B L E A T B A R N E YS N E W YO R K A N D O N B A R N E YS . C O M
H ARMONY IS THE SOURCE OF BEAUTY T H E H A R M O N I S T. C O M
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On any given year, Carla Sozzani could be upheld as a lasting, yet always questioning force in fashion. But this year she is being heralded with the Fashion 4 Development award for her efforts to immortalize another fashion power: Azzedine AlaÃ¯a.
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AZZEDINE ALAÏA and NAOMI CAMPBELL, 1987 © Arthur Elgort
White cotton ‘’bubble’’ dress with openwork seams | SUMMER 2007
As multidimensional and demanding as her career has been as a publisher, gallerist and 10 Corso Como founder, she has chiseled out a serious chunk of time to preserve the legacy of her dear friend Alaia, who died in 2017. Today’s fashion show of Alaia’s work at F4D First Ladies’ luncheon magnifies his lasting designs through the years. But true to the Tunisian-born couturier’s wishes, Sozzani’s commitment to his legacy includes showcasing the prized work of other designers who stand the test of time. Over lunch at 10 Corso Como’s outdoor café in New York with F4D’s founder Evie Evangelou, Sozzani spoke admiringly of Alaia and his well-laid plans to help educate and inspire a new wave of designers. Twelve years after the Association Azzedine Alaia was founded by Alaia, his partner Christoph Von Weyhe and Sozzani, there are now 22,000 of the designer’s pieces - excluding accessories – and 15,000 couture pieces from Schiaparelli, Charles James, Adrian, Madame Gres and others that the designer had collected. As of press time, an application to become a foundation with a public interest – as in a museum – had been filed and was expected to be ratified. The all-purpose plan involves engaging with a variety of consumers, designers, students and cultural institutions through exhibitions, installations, artist residencies, awards and other initiatives. Sozzani recalled meeting Alaia 40 years ago at a friend’s insistence, while working as a Vogue editor. “He was only doing couture. We became friends immediately. We never left each other,” she recalled fondly, adding how their bonds extended beyond fashion. “Azzedine has a great sense of humor. Family and friendships were important. He liked to have fun. Independent of the fact that he was an amazing designer, there was also this personal aspect. Sweet is not the word, because he was not always sweet. But he was very close with the people that he loved. He was very supportive, very faithful – always there for his friends. The table was always ready to invite people for lunch.”
Egalitarianism was a priority. “He had this Mediterranean openness in that everybody is the same. There isn’t one that is more important than the other. You could be the queen or the cleaning lady. For him, it was equal. His table was always open so people knew that they could just pass by for lunch,” she said. “Sometimes there were the most amazing people, but there was always a mix of people. It was not like, ‘Today we organize a lunch at Azzedine’s for VIPs.’ For Azzedine, that didn’t exist.” In a similar spirit, the foundation welcomes all sorts of audiences. Plans are underway for exhibitions of the designer’s work and his couture collections are held at 18 rue de la Verrerie, where he lived and worked. Exhibitions are being planned for his other residence in Northern Tunisia’s Sidi Bou Said. Last fall the Maison Alaïa bookstore, La Librairie, opened just off the storied kitchen at 18 rue de la Verrerie. Visitors will find books related to the couturier’s legacy and interests, including artists exhibited by Alaïa in his gallery, as well as rare, out-of-print works from the fields of fashion and photography. And in July, the association joined forces with The New School Parsons Paris’ fashion studies program to launch an “Archiving Fashion” course for MA students. Jessica Glasscock, a research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of New York’s Costume Institute, advised four students about cataloguing and collecting. Sozzani’s connection to Alaia was partially due to their love of work. “August would be our best month for working,” Sozzani laughing, acknowledged that most Europeans spend that month vacationing. “There were telephone calls in the middle of the night because we were still working. For both of us, the word ‘work’ is not appropriate, because it is a way of living. I never feel that I am at work.”
Black wool jacket | WINTER 1986
Black leather & crocodile bustier, black silk taffeta skirt | COUTURE WINTER 2003
The former fashion editor is still at the helm of 10 Corso Como, the store-gallery-café that she started in Milan and expanded to New York last year. “The [Alaia] foundation has taken a lot of time. What is so strange is when you do something for yourself, sometimes you take your time. Or you think, ‘I’m going to do it tomorrow.’ It’s less precise. But as I promised Azzedine I would do it, I take it so seriously. In a way, it’s good. He deserves it. I promised and I’m doing it,” Sozzani said. Having staged more than 250 exhibitions since 1990, she knows what resonates with people. This fall’s F4D tribute resonates with Sozzani in another heartfelt way, since her late sister Franca was deeply committed to the nonprofit. “She went to Africa. She was working very hard. For her, it was not about a title. Franca was all about action,” said Sozzani Having studied sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in his native Tunis, Alaia was fastidious about fit and his skills helped to ensure a timelessness, according to Sozzani. “There are people who still wear his clothes from 40 years ago. They are even more beautiful than they were then.” she said. “He wasn’t just designing. He was making the clothes, making the patterns – he always had scissors in his hands. He used to say, ‘I am not a designer. I am a couturier.’ I think in the history of fashion, there is nobody like him – not since cobblestones. There is nobody with that integrity of work for that long a period. He always kept every single piece that he made.” She continued, “He left everything so clear about what his legacy should be. That is quite rare. Many people think they are immortal. He started the association to protect all of his collections in 2007 – more than 10 years before he passed away. He wanted young people to see his work and the work of other masters. Nothing can be worn by actresses and VIPs. He left a whole list of how to protect the clothes. He was very precise. He wanted the foundation to be for the public interest. I want people to enjoy seeing them.”
‘’Bandage’’ dress, white wool knit with light blue velvet knit inserts | WINTER 1993
‘’Zipper Dress’’, black wool jersey, metallic zip | COUTURE WINTER 2003
Alaia started collecting other designers’ work by buying Cristobal Balenciaga pieces “for peanuts,” when Maison Balenciaga was closing in 1968, Sozzani said. Members of Alaia’s inner circle continue to find battered shopping bags with flea market and auction finds that the designer bought and stashed. “Azzedine wanted to protect his work and the work of all the others that he had been collecting. He spent fortunes collecting. I don’t think he even knew what he had in the end. We find stuff everywhere. It is like a treasure chest. Azzedine used to go to auctions and bid against museums, because he had no budget. He had no sense of money so he bought. Often he was buying without telling us and coming back with the shopping bags. He would put them aside and then forget…The problem was that auction people used to call him. Olivier [Saillard, the association’s director] told me that many auction houses called him after Azzedine passed away and said we lost 50 percent of our business,” she said, laughing. An Adrian exhibition featuring 300 pieces was on view in Paris over the summer. Next year an exhibition highlighting the work of Balenciaga and Alaia will be staged in conjunction with the Museum of Balenciaga to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Balenciaga’s birth. They will bow in Paris during couture. The idea was planted last year by Hubert de Givenchy, who spoke of this ”dream,” during a kitchen visit with von Weyhe, Saillard, and Sozzani. The acceleration of digitally-enhanced design has only affirmed her plans to foster a greater appreciation for craftsmanship. “Between artisans and art, there is a very small difference. Artisans should be protected, encouraged. The beauty of our world cannot only be in 3D. You can see everywhere in the world that we have artisans that we need to protect. That means encouraging the young people to do that and to appreciate the work and to not consider it as obsolete. It should not be, ‘My grandfather was a sculptor, my father was designing shoes by hand. But no, no, no – I do 3D.’ You should be proud of knitwear. Azzedine was a master of knitwear. He really was inventing yarns.”
Along with diehard devotees like Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour, Alaia was largely admired by young people. Plans are underway to create an Alaia award for young talents that could be bestowed as early as next summer. Part of the impetus for helping the less privileged is due to the fact that Alaia “came to Paris with no papers and no money during the Algerian war. He really did everything by himself. It was a very long, tough life. It will be nice to do something in his name,” Sozzani said. In electing to work for established luxury houses rather than try to be independent, freshlyminted designers have to express somebody else’s point of view. The reverse requires a different degree of discipline. “To be an artisan and couturier like Azzedine is to work in solitude. You need to be by yourself, concentrate, work with your hands, and be connected to your mind. Azzedine used to work at night by himself – all night. It’s a choice of life. If you want to party all the time, you cannot be a couturier,” Sozzani said. Of the intangible elements of talent that can be more valuable than design degrees, designer connections or on-the-clock experience, she said, “You can see when the work is made of love. This is what we always look for. It may not necessarily be the best work. When you see somebody, who makes things with originality, they don’t copy and they try to find a way – this is great. This is something to encourage.” According to Sozzani, the designer’s mother inspired his sense of freedom. “He often talked about his mother. She left his father. She left the children in Tunisia. He must have been five in 1940. She left everybody. She went to live alone. But not because she had another man. She just needed freedom. He always said, ‘I’m free – like my mom,’” Sozzani said. “He was a free spirit. He never wanted to do anything that was against his point of view or what his integrity was. That’s very rare - not to compromise. But he paid also for not making compromises. It was not always easy. Even workwise, he did not want to follow the fashion system. He got off the seasons and the business suffered.”
Long, ‘’Bandage’’ wedding dress with hood, white acetate jersey | COUTURE SUMMER 1986
The death of his sister from cancer prompted Alaia to stop working for a few years. That same year his favorite dog died. “He always followed his heart. I don’t think I have ever met anybody with that determination,” Sozzani said. The designer also seemed to have an intrinsic and uncanny knack for unearthing beauty beyond befriending Malraux, Jean Cocteau, Greta Garbo and other artistic giants. The former hotel des eveques de Beauvais in the Marais that Alaia bought in 1987 turned out to be where Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, who would later become the Madame de Pompadour, once lived as a girl. As a young man, he was so bewitched by an Egyptian scuplture that he squired away the money that had been saved to buy the first mattress for the apartment he shared with von Weyhe. “First they bought a table for Azzedine to work on, and then a sewing machine. Finally, they got some money for the mattress. En route to looking in the 8th arrondissement in Paris, he passed by a window of an antique shop that specialized in silverware. He passed by the store window and it had a sculpture of an Egyptian sculpture. He didn’t buy the mattress. He passed by the window and stopped. Two or three days later he passed by again. The woman who ran the shop went outside and said, “Jeune homme – young man- what is fascinating you about this?” He said, ‘I don’t know. I feel I need to own this but I don’t have the money.’ She said, ‘OK, I can sell it to you in installments.’ So they slept on the floor without a mattress and he got the sculpture.” Years later he found out that this belonged to a great French aristocrat who was the model of the Duchess of Guermentes in Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time.” Sozzani said, “All of his life is full of incredible stories that are real.”
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Helen Yarmak creations are “wearable art”, collected for enduring style and value. Rare sables, lustrous minks, sleek broadtail lambs, plush fox and more, in both classic and avant garde renderings, form the basis of the permanent collection. Helen Yarmak’s collections connote luxury, beauty and passion. They combine modern ease and versatility with both relaxed and fitted shapes that account for the demands of contemporary life. The colors in the fur collection reflect the jewel tones in the Helen Yarmak jewelry collection – diamond yellows and whites, sapphire blues and pinks, Paraiba tourmaline fluorescence, emerald greens and tanzanite blues/purples as well as ombres.
Helen Yarmak also has been featured in “Empire”, “Sex and the City”, “Ugly Betty”, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “The Devil Wears Prada”. The Helen Yarmak collections can be viewed at her flagships in Moscow, Milan, New York.
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The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals
“We know that the luxury industry is leading
(SDGs) set by the United Nations in its 2015
call for emergency action on climate change
Skinner, Executive Director of the UN’s Office for
and an end to world poverty and hunger by
Partnerships and the point-man for the adoption
2030, among other ambitious targets aimed
of the SDGs in business and industry. “If we can
at reducing global inequalities and creating a
get the industry or a significant portion of the
more sustainable future for all.
industry to take up the goals and the framework
to drive other businesses, then we feel that we Having been adopted by 193 member states
are reaching a pretty broad population.”
of the UN, the private sector now has a key role to play in this transition, and the luxury industry
in particular has both a need to transform its
foremost. And with the five-year mark next year,
business practices and the ability to reach out
Skinner feels that progress has been made, but
to others through its traditional soft power and
change and adoption needs to accelerate if
ability to shape trends.
the goals are going to be met.
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GREEN SHOOTS Skinner’s
where in the business (and with whom) they
companies expressing an interest in the SDGs,
might achieve buy-in and change.
driven principally by a demand from their customers, especially younger customers and
“We start from that point and. depending on
clients, in addition to wanting to do the right thing.
how they respond, our Office for Partnerships is able to link them up with the right part of the UN
His work can be complicated by the soft touch
and the right part of governments or regions,”
required to get some brands and companies
says Skinner. He notes that businesses he
onboard. “We don’t try to be disruptive or
speaks with often have geographic priorities,
whether they are trying to open in new markets
organizations are going to be responsive to what
or trying to improve their practices or image in
their consumers and clients are looking for.”
specific regional contexts.
Skinner opens the conversation with CEOs and
“We are always happy when we can drive
CMOs across sectors with the same pitch. He
resources, but we are also looking for more
presents them with the menu of the seventeen
companies to bring their expertise, their interest,
SDGs, which for example include affordable
and their awareness-raising around the goals,
and clean energy, clean water, and access to
in addition to potentially giving resources to
work and economic development, to gauge
support these programs.”
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BUSINESS ETHICS Skinner says that the ‘true key’ of the goals is
to reduce inequalities. At its core, the SDGs
improvements underway in the fashion industry,
are an ethical paradigm which includes, in
the context of the luxury sector, sustainable
Consumption,’ reflects a conversation about
production and energy consumption, and
recycling and reuse, and challenges brands
crucially, employment practices such as the
to manage their stock and production in a
treatment of employees, gender equality,
responsible way. Packaging and the use of
health of workers, working conditions and
plastics is also an important area to address
in the industry’s practices, as too much plastic
is destroying life underwater and on land and In an industry which has traditionally been
contributing to climate change. (That’s SDG
a poor performer in terms of sustainability,
number thirteen: ‘Climate Action.’) “That’s the
there has been a dissonance between ideas
beauty of the goals,” says Skinner. “They are
of suitability and inherent characteristics of
all connected.” He notes that it is about the
luxury goods such as scarcity, exclusivity, high
circular economy and making sure that we are
cost, and impact on communities in terms of
managing the waste from industries, which
resources and labor standards.
have an impact on many of the SDGs.
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C O N N E C T + C O L L A B O R AT E Skinner’s office is working with partners across the fashion industry, including a number of companies actively working in the area of sustainable fashion, where collaboration has been key to success. He points to the recently launched Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Change, which has a target of 30 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 and the end goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. A growing number of signatories include Nike, Adidas and the Kering Group. “We are seeing that a lot of those companies are saying: We have to work with other actors of the industry,” says Skinner. “Companies that are leading on sustainability say that they are going
Credits: Jakob von Baeyer, Editor of INFO, the
to bring the rest of the industry along with them.”
magazine of Angle-French Business
THE SOUNDING OF
THE BELL F4Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 2019 AWARDS
The 2019 F4D awards were designed and created by luxury designer and artist Helen Yarmak as a symbolic hand painted bell using silver and 24karat gold. They are presented to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award recipients to ignite a call to action, a call to unite together, a wake-up call for each and every one of us, to contribute to the betterment of society. 158
has been echoed in literature through the ages, and originally penned by the renowned 16th century poet and philosopher John Donne. Its underlying intent was to convey that each individual has a significant imprint on the world, and none should be excluded in the celebration of their contributions. It has also been a mainstay in religious and spiritual practices for centuries. In Christianity, it is said to represent the ‘voice of God’; in Chinese culture, the bells are rung to communicate with spirits. Ancient sages believed the dome of the bell signified the ‘vault of heaven’. As significant is the Buddhist philosophy that the resonance of the bell signifies pure wisdom - it’s sound, one of perfect harmony and clarity, employing the theory that through its resonance, a balanced mind has the capacity to analyze a situation and and be creative enough to find the ideal solution. While all is of equal import and relevance, it is the latter we emphasize today to underscore that solutions for creating impacting change lie within us. And it is particularly fitting that we present this year’s commemorative ‘Bell’ award specially designed by Helen Yarmak and bestowed to our Agents of Change - to symbolize that today is the time for innovation and action.
We invite you to join us in celebrating their vast contributions and to ‘sound the bell’ for engagement now.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
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R E S P O N S I B L E TRUST FOR MODELS Changing Old Behavior. BY ELIZA B E TH PE Y TO N -J O N E S
About 4 years ago, I made a beautiful young
huge amounts of attention - worse still everything
woman cry in my office. Not because I said
hangs on your performance - forty people gazing
anything horrible, quite the opposite. I told her
at you hoping you do it right, criticizing, not just
she had the right to be angry, she had the right
your performance, but your looks, movement,
to feel in doubt and she had the right to want
color, and shape. As the pressure builds, the
more. The relief that all these feelings did not
lights go up and bang, you are made to perform.
mean she was going mad struck her all at once
In that moment, you may wonder why no one
and with some relief, she cried.
has taught you how to move, who the gentleman is who is trying to tug at your clothes, or indeed
Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult being young, navigating your way
where your image will be shown later, why you
around a business environment or a vocation,
never read your contract and how and when
especially one where you feel you are the
will you be paid. I am of course talking about
person who knows the least. Imagine yourself in
a model. That illusive creature that everyone
a situation where you know nothing about the
wishes they were, but at the same time is willing
job and you are about to become the focus of
to dismiss as dumb and idiotic.
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Modelling is one of the most sought after jobs
I created RTM to address this imbalance. RTM
for young people today. It is seen as something
has developed a working pledge which allows
easy to get into, because there is no training
everyone to set expectations, even if all the
and you can be young when you do it. Equally,
points in the pledge cannot immediately be met.
it is seen as something where you will meet
It allows a discussion piece and provisions,
powerful people, have a platform, a voice and
if the points cannot be met. It means there is
money. The truth however, is not that simple.
a level playing field and something to work towards. It is an opt in, giving everyone a voice
The fact that there is no training means that
and allowing open discussions. Anyone in the
self-respect and self-esteem suffers. No training
industry can sign it and models are asked to
signals that anyone can do this job and be
sign it too. There is a section about ‘model
successful. It gives the impression it is not really
manners’, giving the opportunity to the model to
a proper ‘job’ and so rules can be broken. It
take responsibility and ask questions.
also allows the industry not to take it seriously, not to step up and create best practices, not to
RTM is creating ambassadors in each country.
go the extra mile and ensure healthy and safety
These ambassadors are the contacts between
on the job, and on a more frightening note,
brands, model agencies, casting directors,
little transparency and no regulation means that
photographers and others in the industry who
rogue individuals, scammers and traffickers can
want to open up a global conversation around
function undetected, but with full access to our
this topic. They pull the world together through
events and conversations amongst each other.
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RTM has also curated a curriculum for models to go into Fashion Schools. This curriculum trains them to read contracts, understand finance and IP rights as well as managing their own ‘brand’ and self-image, being responsible on social media and ensuring they are the best possible model they can be. And most importantly, training gives them equal opportunity. Models are the conduit between brands
page, they are stuck in their life, often in
and purchase. They sell a dream, they
debt or tr ying to live up to the impossible
create aspiration, they amplify how we all
dream. It is our duty as ‘grown ups’ to help
wish we could be in various moments in our
young people understand that this is not a
lives. They put a smile on someone’s face or
job for ever yone; it is a hard profession and
motivate them to spend $300 or more. They
it is our duty to ensure the industr y makes
become brand ambassadors, speak for the
provisions for those young and vulnerable
environment and conser vation, animal rights
children entering into this industr y with no
and children’s charities. They make us listen
training, who have given up their education
and they motivate us. However, many more
and who are underage, and that they
than you will ever know, fall between the
receive proper training, guidance, payment
cracks and while we move on to the next
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F4D HAS A NEW GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
SARA SOZZANI MAINO Sara Sozzani Mainoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fashion history began in 1991 at the 10 Corso Como venue in Milan. In 1994, she became an intern at Vogue Italia. Today, as deputy director of Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents, Sara continues to oversee this important international project created under Franca Sozzani in 2009. Vogue Talents is both an editorial and online project; a network that scouts and supports the best emerging creative talents in womenswear, menswear, accessories, and fashion photography around the world.
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A platform that builds connections between designers and the fashion industry, for a decade Vogue Talents has supported the growth of opportunities and new collaborations between the industry and the new generation of young designers around the globe. In coordination with Altaroma, she has overseen the contest Who is on Next? This contest aims to support Made in Italy. It has helped to promote designers such as Marco de Vincenzo, Paula Andrew, and more. A regular attendee at global talent spotting committees, Sozzani serves as a judge in several fashion competitions, including LVMH’s prize , the International Talent Support award, Woolmark Prize and the Milan Fashion Film Festival. As the global fashion market expands, travels throughout Asia and America, with visits to Africa and Australia meeting with up and coming designers is a big part of her work. Her time and attention over the past decade has brought forward meaningful relationships. Since September 2018 she has been the International Brand Ambassador for Camera Nazionale della moda Italiana, while continuing her duties supporting a variety of initiatives dedicated to talents under the Vogue Italia umbrella. One of her interests on sustainability is The Next Green Talent, a collaboration with yoox.com. The Vogue Talents 2019 February issue ‘The New Frontiers of Awareness’, is dedicated to sustainability and is intended to be a tool for the new generation to become more conscious of what is hapenning and what can be changed.
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Fashion 4 Development for your work in support of our shared goals of sustainability, economic and social development, and the empowerment of women. We congratulate Azzedine AlaĂŻa and the AlaĂŻa Foundation on this recognition of their stellar work in fashion.
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the league. In its role as a global awareness platform that enacts sustainable change in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UNMDG’s), F4D’s President & Founder Evie Evangelou, in partnership with Ralph Lauren fashion model Chris Collins, conceived the idea of leveraging the voices and influence of F4D’s League of Gentlemen—an exclusive group of distinguished gentlemen from around the globe supporting F4D—to drive a global campaign which harnesses the power of the fashion, beauty, entertainment, sports, philanthropic and business industries to set new records of public engagement for the UNMDG’s, beginning with a special focus on water and sanitation.
SOME OF F4D’S LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN HONOREES INCLUDE: MICHEL SIDIBE Executive Director UN AIDS MARK DYBUL Former Executive Director of Global Fund GERY KESZLER Founder of Aids Life and Life Ball PAUL POLMAN CEO Unilever SIMONE CIPRIANI Founder the Ethical Fashion Initiative
Others highlighted and featured members include: MATT DAMON, BONO, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, and DAVID BECKHAM.
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P A U L P O L M A N Life after Unilever
BY LAUR A G IA DO R O U KO C H
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When Paul Polman resigned as CEO of British-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever last year, he left behind a decade of innovation and a global company with more than 400 brands, housed in a $140 billion company. He also left behind inspiration for our future, a visionary roadmap for consumers and CEOs alike. His long-term strategy and courage in the face of early shareholder pressure — combined with a genuinely global worldview — has inspired Unilever’s 170,000 employees to seek authentic purpose in their work. If you’ve ever washed with Dove soap, enjoyed a cup of Lipton tea, eaten a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, or styled your hair with Toni&Guy, you can be confident that Polman’s foresight was behind it. It’s tough being a visionary — especially when your ideas are so far ahead that no one recognizes what you’re building. “It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times,” says Polman, quoting Charles Dickens. “When Dickens wrote The Tale of Two Cities, ‘it was the spring of hope and the winter of despair,’ and I think this is where we find ourselves today.” On one side, people are living longer and healthier lives, more have access to formal education, and more individuals than ever before have been lifted from poverty. And while some leaders scoffed at the United Nations Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 under Kofi Annan, which had a goal of cutting global poverty in half, miraculously, this was achieved by the target date of 2015.
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And yet, while progress is being made, “It’s not all roses,” says Polman, who thinks the system is still flawed and these victories may be shortlived. “We’ve seen enormous levels of over-consumption and private and government debt across world markets,” he says. “Frankly, we’re leaving too many people behind. When you do this, the system starts to rebel against itself.” He cites the yellow vest protests on the streets of France as a manifestation of what many people are feeling across the world right now. There’s something appealing about a business leader who adopts the attitude of a world leader, someone who has the wisdom to see the interconnectivity between a bottle of shampoo and rioting on the street (waterless hair products ultimately result in less stress on an economic system). Under Polman, Unilever is one such company, recognizing early on that the challenges of running a business in a chaotic world are precisely where the economic growth is found. Polman will be staying on at Unilever until early July to support the handover to his successor Alan Jope. With the spotlight now off Polman as one of the world’s most powerful CEOs, he’s adamant there is still much to do. “I have no intention of retiring, nor would I recommend it,” he explains. “I will certainly keep working to help solve pressing world challenges. Indeed, now that I am no longer running a company, I can dedicate even more time to this agenda. We cannot stop until we truly leave no one behind.” For example, he serves as chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), chair of the B Team, and vice chair of the United Nations Global Compact.
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“CEOs are increasingly focused on the next quarter, driven by the pressures of the financial markets,” he continues. “Or in the case of governments, the next election cycle. This is an opportunity for all of us in the private sector to step up.” With more than 45 million companies associated with the ICC, Polman made a smart move by recognizing the tremendous opportunity for Unilever to become a thought leader among the world’s corporations, while helping to develop a new social contract that would focus on climate change and inequality. Luckily, when he arrived at Unilever, he already found a company with the right value system in place and a desire to be a force for good. He recalls that most of our current global governance dates back to Bretton Woods in 1944. The issues we face today are vastly different from 74 years ago, when 90 percent of the world was found in Western Europe and the United States. Topics such as climate change, cybersecurity, and financial market regulations are now global issues, but without the modern mechanisms to deal with them. “Let’s face it, it’s not easy being a CEO today. The average life of a publicly traded company in the U.S. has dropped from 67 years to 17 during my lifetime,” says the 62-year-old Polman. “The average tenure of a CEO has dropped to just four and a half years. It’s the result of companies not knowing how to deal with the new world order they see around them. However, business is here to serve society, and if businesses can’t explain what benefits they bring, then why should society keep us around?”
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At first, skeptical analysts were doubtful about Polman’s outlook — that business was first and foremost about developing solutions for the world’s citizens. Unilever’s stock fell by 27 percent in 2008 when he stepped into the role of CEO, partly due to the financial crisis; but he was vindicated by the time he left — delivering a 290 percent total shareholder return and 19 percent return on invested capital over the last ten years. Polman points out that consumers today have deep insight into the products they purchase and will reward companies that behave responsibly. Increasingly, they will punish companies that don’t. “The SDG agenda is actually one of the best and most attractive business plans around,” says Polman. A passionate supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Polman helped create The Commission of Business and Sustainable Development, which launched at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos. Its first report, that same year, convincingly illustrated the benefits to business of pursuing the Global Goals. It found that sustainable business models could open up at least $12 trillion of economic opportunities and create up to 380 million jobs by 2030 globally. Balance this against the fact that the cost of not acting is becoming higher than the price of acting. For example, according to Polman, climate change is costing the planet more than $5.3 trillion a year and rising at a staggering rate. “This is probably the biggest intergenerational crime we’ve ever committed,” he says. “The visible results are the drowning of little island-states and 8 million people per year being sent to a premature death from air pollution. Consider that creating action around the SDGs will cost less than $5.3 trillion.”
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“The world is also spending 10 to 12 percent of its global GDP (roughly $12 trillion) on conflict prevention and war,” says Polman. “Governments are willing to spend up to three times more on dealing with the consequences of our war-like nature, rather than looking at what it might cost to avoid these conflicts in the first place.” What gives Polman hope is that while governments act according to ideology, financial markets understand the risks related to climate change and will probably act accordingly. There’s nothing like the threat of lost income to inspire action. Unilever’s goal of reaching 1 billion people and improving their health and well-being is underway, with much of the success attributed to a baked-in sense of purpose within its brands. “The better these brands are connected to real needs or issues in society, the better they perform,” Polman points out. An example is Dove, which has a goal of reaching 60 million adolescent girls and addressing women’s self-esteem. LifeBuoy wants to reach 1 billion people and teach them the importance of handwashing to prevent 4 million child deaths from infectious diseases. Domestos has a goal to build 25 million toilets globally. “There is no business strategy in runaway climate change, growing inequality, and extreme poverty,” says Polman. “We’ve already shown that we can address basic issues, yet collectively, we’re not doing it. At the end of the day, it boils down to willpower. It boils down to leadership.”
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Part of his leadership team is his wife Kim, who runs a foundation called Reboot the Future. Dedicated to nurturing a new breed of leader, she is helping people put purpose and responsibility at the heart of their actions. In the coaching of leaders and the raising of their three sons, she abides by her Golden Rule: “Treat others and the planet as you would wish to be treated.” The couple have become guiding lights on how a compassionate approach to business, politics, and the environment can transform our planet. “We’re short of leaders and trees in the world right now,” says Polman with a laugh. “We need to create more heroic leaders, ones who are more purpose-driven with a high level of awareness of what’s going on in the world and an ability to engage. We need leaders who understand the true meaning of what a partnership is, and put others’ interests ahead of their own. In doing so, they will become financially better-off, too. All the changes we’ve ever seen in society have come about through the initiatives of courageous individuals.” Opportunity naturally gravitates toward those who have the courage to act, and Polman’s parting words were reserved for the audience of Real Leaders, where he stressed a duty to future generations. “I want to remind many of you that you belong to 2 percent of the world population when it comes to income, education and lifestyle. Therefore, it’s your duty to put yourself in the service of the other 98 percent.”
This story originally appeared in Real Leaders magazine. www.real-leaders.com
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