The Faculty of Design invites you to join us for a lecture on Toronto-based social enterprise ME to WE by Associate Director and lead artisan designer Kessa Laxton.
Ms. Laxton's will talk about ME to WE as a model of a successful social enterprise, how they leverage the artisanal skills of over 1500 women in Kenya and Ecuador to design for a North American market, and the challenges and rewards of creating products intended for prominent retailers like Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Fossil when your factory is a village.
About ME to WE:
As an innovative social enterprise that provides products that make an impact, ME to WE empowers people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices. ME to WE measures the bottom line by the people empowered and the lives transformed. By creating options for consumers like you who want to make informed decisions about what you experience and buy, knowing your actions will help empower people and transform lives, making the world a better place.
About Kessa Laxton:
Kessa Laxton's creative genius drives ME to WE Artisans, from searching Nairobi markets for unique textiles to creating on-trend pieces at our atelier in partnership with mamas in Kenya and Ecuador. In a highly collaborative environment, every artisan is inspired to bring her own input and inspiration to the table. Kessa's eye for exclusivity and quality craftmanship continues to elevate each timeless collection. Aligned with the ME to WE philosophy, Kessa is also the founder of Patouche, a children's clothing company with a strong focus on great design and sustainability. Patouche has been featured in a number of publications including Canadian Family, Today's Parent and Eco Parent.