Advocating Fair Trade, Hands In Attends NYC’s Fashion Event

New York, N.Y. The Set NYC presents: Fashion Week New York S/S 2017 ‘Day Four’ on September 23rd at 6:00pm. This event is working to create a safer world for children with Freedom Ladder is a global non-profit organization dedicated to making the world safe for children by educating them about the issues that are important to their lives using popular entertainment and inspiring them to live lives of courage, inspiration, and joy.

Example of Hands In working in Nepal.

Fashion designers and artists exhibiting include: Karen Mascarenhas, NFP Studio, Iris Lavy, Sigalit Biopcik, Almudena Caminero Fernandez, Megan Isaacs, Hands In, Melinda McCoy, Eileen Alcalde, Dana Bullock, Peter Reginato (Whitney Museum of American Art), Odette Chavez, Nazaury Delgado, Maciek Stepnik, Kristina Salerno, Anne DePasquale, and Runaway: Netty Davit’ashvili. The money raised at this event will go towards helping to end child trafficking.

Hands In, one of the participating groups invited by fellow Luce supporter Daniela Zarahdnikova of DZZone, consists of fair trade products that are all sustainable. Along with their founder Susie De Rafelo, Hands In works with artisans in developing countries to create fashionable, ethical products. Some of their partners are social enterprises themselves, such as the two mentioned below.

Countries Hands In works in include Cambodia, Ecuador, Egypt, Afghanistan, Nicaragua Thailand, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Featured products at the event will be a recycled cement bag clutch purse and upcycled vintage chiffon kimono top (like a light jacket) from their partner A.N.D. in Cambodia. There will also be an Egyptian cotton bolero, hand loomed (weaved) in rural communities in Egypt from their partner Jozee Boutique.


Young Global Leaders with Hands In at the Event

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The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation ( There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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