Product and still life shots: Renee Wymer

 

The needle+thræd lifestyle brand was created by New York Fashion Editor, Celia Smith who has worked for Vogue Italia and Essence Magazine. Inspired to affect change through fashion, Smith started needle+thræd, to support indigenous crafts and provide a platform for artisans to share their story. The current ‘blank canvas’ collection – traditional hand-beaded Maasai designs on cotton canvas fabric, partners with a women’s cooperative in Nakuru, Kenya – an area with unemployment rates as high as 40%. Each woman is paid above average wage for their work and provided with free meals. by providing these women access to revenue, not only are the lives of their children significantly improved, but the entire community is propelled forward.

 

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Photo: Michael Rowe

 

 

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Photo: Hannan Saleh

*Also stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Celia Smith.