Afia 'Gem Gown' with artisan-made textiles sourced from Ghana
Detail of a textile from Ghana featured in the Afia Collection
Ahkun, a New York City nonprofit, wants to prove that socially responsible style can be both fashionable and affordable. On July 30 and 31, Ahkun will host a pop-up sale event in NYC featuring carefully curated clothing and accessories from independent designers, sustainable brands, and fair trade organizations. Ten percent of sales will be contributed to artisans abroad through the micro-lending website Kiva.
Participants include: Afia by Meghan Sebold, a sustainable women's apparel line that utilizes textiles from Ghana; Study NY by Tara St. James, winner of the 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Sustainable Design; Indego Africa, a social enterprise that partners with women artisans in Rwanda on products for brands like Nicole Miller and Anthropologie; and Made by Survivors, a nonprofit that provides survivors of sex trafficking with employment and education.
Zero-waste 'Chavela Bag' by Viva La Vida NY
Other pop-up vendors include: Auralis Studio, Holstee, Lolafalk, Lynore Routte, Simply Nu, Tompkins Point Apparel and Viva La Vida NY.
You can RSVP for the event via Ahkun's Facebook page or simply stop by from 11am to 6pm at the Lower East Side Girls Club at 56 East 1st Street in Lower Manhattan.