July 2, 2015
In late June, fashion editors, designers, stylists, buyers, photographers, and taste-makers gathered for Voss Foundation’s second annual African Bazaar Committee curating event. Once again, the evening was hosted in the offices of fashion PR firm Deborah Hughes Inc., amidst the racks of beautiful designer clothes – a perfect setting for our exquisite, exotic artisan-made goods hailing from the African countries where Voss Foundation has worked. Guests sipped Clifton Dry Sparkling Apple Cider, donated by a South African supporter of ours, Shelagh D’Arcy-Hinds – and, of course, VOSS Water!
Attendees helped us to curate the African Bazaar pieces including home decor, jewelry, scarves, bags, and more that will ultimately be sold at upcoming Voss Foundation Women Helping Women luncheons and other events.
Since Voss Foundation’s staff and Board first started visiting our clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects across Sub-Saharan Africa, people have asked us to bring back the crafts made by our beneficiary communities. In 2011, we began selling these goods at our fundraising events. In the following years, our African Bazaar has grown exponentially and we now work with this dedicated committee of editors, designers, stylists and taste-makers to curate the collection.
Many of the pieces are made by the very artisans who benefit from our projects; by purchasing the work they are able to do more productively with clean water, our African Bazaar further magnifies our Ripple Effect and mission of using clean water, sanitation, and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development. See some great write-ups in the November 2012 issue of Financial Times’ How to Spend It and November 2013 Wall Street Journal!
This year, the African Bazaar will be featured at the events we are currently planning in the Hamptons, San Francisco, Boston New York, and more.