On Wednesday, June 27th from 6PM-8PM, Henri Bendel in New York City will play host to an ethical shopping event featuring new arrivals at the store and Same Sky jewelry. Same Sky is a trade-not-aid initiative that employs African women living with HIV/AIDs as artisans, teaching them to make beautiful hand crocheted necklaces and bracelets and provides a platform to sell in the global marketplace.
During the event, Same Sky will present their latest summer colors and resort collection including the new Fabric Wrap bracelets ($30 - $40), Prosperity seed bead bracelets ($60 - $95), and Same Sky's signature hand-blown glass beaded bracelets and necklaces ($160 - $400). Same Sky will also be selling their newest collection of Hope necklaces ($395), Unity bracelets ($145) and Men’s cuff links ($100), which are hand crocheted by artisans in Africa.
Same Sky founder Francine LeFrak will be joined by co-hosts including Maria Bello, Grace Hightower De Niro, Dr. Doris Day, Shelley Goldberg, Clinton Global Initiative’s Head of Girls & Women Program Penny Abeywardena, Creative Time President and Artistic Director Anne Pasternak, Jennifer Bandier, Margo Catsimatidis, Francine Leinhardt, Janet Malpeso, Lavelle Olexa, Misty Shores, and Australian education and recruitment entrepreneur, Sarina Russo, among others who will be on hand on Wednesday, June 27th for shopping and champagne.
100% of all net-proceeds from the sale of Same Sky's jewelry go to employing more women artisans and expanding into other regions. Same Sky jewelry is worn by many celebrities including Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Queen Latifah, Goldie Hawn, and Jessica Alba, among others and retails in a variety of price points making it the perfect fashion accessory and Mother’s Day gift. Same Sky began in 2009 with 4 artisans and now employs over 75 artisans in Rwanda and Zambia.