Vivienne Westwood has been working with the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) since 2010, and Artisan Fashion since 2015. EFI currently supports the work of thousands of micro-producers from marginalized African communities, empowering these informal manufacturers and craftspeople to enter the international value chain and providing them with a reliable income. This promoted the growth of sustainable business in a place of aid dependency and created stability among these impoverished communities starting from the ‘ground upwards’.
This is not charity.
“What a wonderful experience it’s been. I really want to thank the international Trade Centre and the team in Africa. It’s been, and still is, such a gratifying experience to know the opportunities we are able to give people. And the bags we make in Africa are still my favourite!”