DESIGN WITH CONSCIENCE
Special ranges in each collection are created in collaboration with artisans in Sri Lanka and Madagascar. Helen Kaminski workshops offer stable employment, ongoing training and skill development. In 2012, the company established a dedicated workshop in a Sri Lankan village that was badly affected by the 2004 Tsunami. Today the workshop employs over 350 artisans who skillfully handcraft raffia braid and hand-crochet pieces; and a further 400 paid craftspeople in training. The company’s long-term commitment to enhancing opportunities for local artisan communities led to the establishment of “Formula for Hope” in 2014. The Madagascar based project is a 3 year community building program for village children and community members.
Helen Kaminski embraces REAL principles as a way to preserve the natural environment that inspires designs and provides raw materials.
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The company strives to use renewable resources, extend product functionality and longevity, and continuously assess the way resources are used, to lessen the company’s impact on the environment. In 2007, the company was awarded the Fashion Group International’s Sustainable Design Award in recognition of the brand’s long association with eco-friendly design principles.
FORMULA FOR HOPE
Helen Kaminski has partnered with Hope for Madagascar; a non-profit organization that assists in the development of self-sustaining communities in the rainforests and rural villages of Madagascar.
The original Helen Kaminski raffia workshop was established in Madagascar in 1985. Our deep rooted connection with the Red Isle continues as the source of the finest raffia in the world where it is grown in the wild, and harvested by hand. Your support: Proceeds from the purchase of our exclusively designed ‘Formula For Hope’ accessories will help support our long-term commitment to educational and social programs for Malagasy community members. In 2015, Helen Kaminski and Hope for Madagascar collaborated on the infrastructure upgrade of a rural primary school.