When I was still working in the field of education in neighborhoods beset by issues of violence + poverty, I realized that taping into the full potential of our youth was as easy as unveiling their talents and providing an outlet for their many skills.
Farah Malik and Dana Arbib founded the ethical fashion label A Peace Treaty in 2008, as a personal pact between friends to create employment for skilled artisans working in places of socio-political strive, thereby supporting traditional techniques and crafts while bringing handmade designs to an international fashion audience.
From our friends at A Peace Treaty: Inspired by the hand-crafting cultures of the Middle East, Asia, South America and Africa, A Peace Treaty was conceived when Arbib and Malik met while living in Rome. The two discovered that they shared both a love of high fashion and a desire to increase awareness of ancient, disappearing crafting traditions. Intermingling Arbib’s humanitarian upbringing and her background in graphic, textile and product design with Malik’s history of developing multimedia marketing campaigns for social change and human rights as well as her training in ancient Roman jewelry and gold-smithing, they set about connecting discerning fashion connoisseurs with cache, boutique level artifacts from places typically seen only negatively through the media lens.
The gals at APT could easily enter into the world of fast fashion and turn to factories in China to manufacture their wares, but that would just wring every drop of charm + personality from these handcrafted baubles. A marriage of creative talent, foresight + courage have propelled Farah and Dana forward, and added to the success of their burgeoning ethical business.