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Brent GibsonBy Brent Gibson
First created
Brent GibsonBy Brent Gibson
First created
$2,150
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
28
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 23 2012 5:29 AM UTC +00:00

About

This Project:

Haiticorps International (HCI) is working with women in Haiti to design and produce a new line of handbags for the international fashion industry. American handbag designer, Ann Heckathorn is volunteering her time to teach the women the art of handbag making. Each bag is handmade in Haiti by the women of FAVILEK, an organization dedicated to advocacy for and protection of women against gender-based violence. The handbags are made from donated, recycled, and repurposed materials. This project will provide an outlet to showcase the talents and artistry these women have. 

Designer, Ann Heckathorn, providing training
Designer, Ann Heckathorn, providing training

Right now, we need your help to make our first production run. Your contribution to the Handbag Project will enable us to increase production capacity and create the first official line of handbags. We need more sewing machines, solar panels, a power inverter, and various sewing notions. Our eventual goal is to launch an online store that will sell our quality leather, denim, and fabric handbags and accessories to international customers.

This product:

The handbags come in a wide variety of designs, colors, and sizes and are hand crafted leather, textile, quilted, and crochet, allowing you to pick the best design to match your personal style. Support Haitian development, lessen your carbon footprint, and be fashionable, all at once! Be one of the first in the world to receive one of these unique designs by making a contribution of $50 or more. Below are some examples of the samples we have made so far.

Reversible Tote with pocket
Reversible Tote with pocket
Totes and a Tie Top
Totes and a Tie Top
Crochet bags
Crochet bags
Denim Tote, Tapestry Tote, and Tie Tops
Denim Tote, Tapestry Tote, and Tie Tops

About Us:

HaitiCorps International (HCI) is a non-profit organization that was founded in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake by husband and wife team Dr. Brent Gibson and Dr. Fabienne Doucet of New York City. To learn more about HCI, please visit http://www.haiticorps.org/.

Acknowledgments: Special thanks to our NYU interns, Chanel Donaldson and Estefany Ventura, for their support in setting up this page. Photography by Ashley Taslim and model Joan De Jesus.

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    Personalized thank you video message from Dr. Brent Gibson and the women of FAVILEK, 1 leather tie top bag, and choice of 2 denim tote, fabric tie top, or large square tote with pocket and a certificate of appreciation for your contribution.

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    All expenses paid trip to Haiti for you and a guest for 5 days to see the workshop and meet the women of FAVILEK. While you’re there, choose any two bags (you may even choose ones you saw being made).

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