The Desi collection actually started out as a school project when I was in graduate school. I was working on my thesis, and decided to focus on fair trade. In my previous job I had spent a lot of time designing furniture to be manufactured in Asia, and I wanted to learn more about opportunities overseas to work with factories that employed socially responsible manufacturing practices.
I began by doing lots of research on the World Fair Trade Organization, Fair Trade Federation and other organizations supporting the idea of social responsibility. Through the WFTO I found a few factories in India that were fair-trade certified and reached out to them to find out more. I focused on India because I had traveled there several times, and love the people and culture. I also saw the devastation of poverty and disease in the country […]