A few weeks ago, I traveled to India with Anchal Project to meet the artisans they employee there and share the story of how they use design as a tool for social and economic change. To say the experience was life-changing is truly an understatement. Read the full feature story for Extol magazine (on newsstands, now) or below:
It’s difficult to describe this part of India to people, because you can’t understand what this country is really like until you have actually been here and experienced it,” Colleen Clines, the co-founder and CEO of Louisville-based Anchal Project, points out as our vehicle zig-zags its way through livestock, people and the occasional camel.
We are with a small group of people that includes Colleen’s mother, her sister, Maggie Clines, who is also the creative director at Anchal, and another writer from Kentucky.
As we make our way toward a local children’s village, I take a moment to reflect on the fact that I was sitting comfortably in the Nashville airport just two days ago. As I take in the atmosphere on an overcrowded highway somewhere between New Delhi and Jaipur, I anxiously wait for my first stop on a trip that will change the way I view the world forever.
This is my official out of office notice (my official, short and sweet notice to be exact). I am currently embarking on a new adventure, and traveling to India for the next two weeks with Anchal Project. I will be sharing more details and the experience when I return. In the meantime, you can follow my journey via Twitter and Instagram. Cheers!
OOTD: Anchal Project Bandana \ Vintage Denim Dress
If you read this post on Anchal Project, you are well-acquainted with how the company is bringing about social and economical change with repurposed, cotton saris. This week, The Chic Street is teaming up with Anchal, and Revelry Boutique Gallery for the event, Festival Fashion for Good.
With InStyle Magazine recently naming the bandana as this year’s hottest festival fashion trend, me and Josh Johnson of The Kentucky Gent will be giving tips and tricks on how to style Anchal Project bandanas at the event on Wednesday, July 13.
“We are excited to partner with one of our favorite local boutiques and retail partners, Revelry,” says Colleen Clines, Anchal’s Co-founder and CEO. Colleen adds, “Festival season is such a fun time to experiment with your style and we want to help guests express their individuality with our one-of-a-kind pieces that are changing lives.”
The event will raise awareness for sustainable fashion, while also allowing the local community and festival-goers to support Louisville’s own Anchal Project. Representation from The Forecastle Foundation will be in attendance as well as a professional henna tattoo artist to complete the whole festival look.
For more details, or to RSVP to the event, click here!
I’ve always been a huge advocate of fashion for a cause, because it not only brings about social change, but it also brings some substance back to an industry that is sometimes seen as frivolous and even pretentious. One company that is bringing about this change, and doing it globally, is Anchal Project.