29 March 2011


When I met Willa Shalit she had a hammered steel heart around her neck. I had no idea, at the time, that she was founder and CEO of Fairwinds Trading and had just launched a partnership empowering Haitian artisans and assisting in the creation of a sustainable economy for the Haitian community. Over the past year I have had the pleasure of getting to know Willa and the beautiful pieces she has been working hard to bring to USA markets. 

I now own two hammered steel necklaces, the heart & sun, and have since learned that they are made steel recycled from oil drums. They are power talismans, carrying the message of universal love and empowerment. This week, I was thrilled to see that Fairwinds is bringing in a new line of necklaces called Atelier Haiti, handmade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in collaboration between the artisans of Croix des Bouquets and the ladies of KOFAVIV (Commission of women victims for victims). These pieces are super beautiful, and I am so excited to see the line of products continue to grow! What could be better than the pairing of social change and empowerment with artistry and design? Take a look, and see below for more ways to find Fairwinds & Heart of Haiti products.

Fairwinds Trading have been partnering with retailers and artisans from post-conflict areas for the past 5 years bridging the creatives with the market and empower artisans and especially women to have sustainable economy.  We have been working with the artisans in Haiti (port-au-prince, Jacmel, Leogane, etc)  for the past year in response to the earthquake and the Clinton Global Initiative.  You can find more about us at www.fairwindstrading.comhttp://www.facebook.com/HeartofHaiti

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