Happy New Year!! 2015 was a HUGE year for FASHIONABLE, and we wanted to take a moment and celebrate some big accomplishments we've seen this year. We've seen one of our top-sellers, the Mamuye Tote on some of our favorite celebrities, including Julianne Hough, Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde, and Drew Barrymore. The popularity of our leather products means that we've been able to provide more jobs and help strengthen capacity with our partners. Because we've seen our leather business more than triple, we were able to help secure consistent power supply from the government when our team was visiting Ethiopia this fall, which has created a more effective and efficient production for them, equaling a steady supply of products!
Then, of course our big news this year was adding in the LOCAL component of our work and mission, creating opportunity for women in Nashville who have transitioned out of homelessness, prostitution, and addiction. The addition of the Miriam Collection of jewelry has provided 5 full-time jobs at our offices in Nashville, with plans to continue to grow and expand in 2016. Having the women work locally provided the flexibility and ability to offer customizABLE, as well, which has been a huge hit since it launched at the end of October!
We witnessed what can happen when we embrace a spirit of collaboration, with our Hibret Zippered Pouch, designed by our friend Minka Kelly. It brought together one of our leather partners and one of our weaving partners to create a beautiful suede pouch -- modeled by Minka and her pal Mandy Moore below.
Another exciting GLOBAL accomplishment was watching one of our weaving partners expand in their skills past scarves, with the addition of our Home Goods Line (stay tuned for more fun additions in 2016!). We continue to work together to improve quality and consistency and are encouraged with the way their business is growing!
It can't go without saying that all of this is because of YOU, our amazing customers, who #livefashionable and keep us in business! THANK YOU for continuing to purchase products that provide opportunity to these women. THANK YOU for telling your friends and family. THANK YOU for being on this journey with us. Here's to another great year together!