As we were looking for additional women entrepreneurs to round out our group of 2010 Tseelana Market participants, one name kept popping up: Abi Ferrin (www.abiferrin.com). Turns out, Abi is a business woman who proclaims her commitment to give back in her company’s motto: “Fashion with Freedom and Purpose.” How could we not like that?!
Shortly after moving to Dallas to grow her innovative clothing line, Abi Ferrin was named Texas’ Next Top Designer by Stanley Korshak and the Dallas Fashion Incubator in 2007. She received a prize package and design space on Lamar Street, and a business grant to expand her growing company. Now, her beautiful, head-turning designs are taking the fashion world by storm. Her collection features form flattering dresses, tops, skirts, pants, and jackets all made using the finest fabrications.
Her motto, Fashion with Freedom and Purpose, is the driving force behind her brand. Abi Ferrin empowers and employs women rescued from the sex trade in Nepal by incorporating their hand-made buttons into her designs. The company purchases the buttons at fair market value; then donates an additional 600% of the asking price back to the organization. Abi Ferrin is literally changing the world one outfit at a time!
We applaud Abi Ferrin for her Freedom Project initiative to improve the lives of women in Nepal who are part of Guardian Village Handcrafts. This organization focuses on providing oppressed women with training, fair pay, food and shelter for their work. The micro-businesses that are created due to this training also fund foster care and quality education for children rescued from slavery, women and children rescued from prostitution, and other abusive environments. Abi says, “This is an avenue that opens the door for the consumer to invest in more than great fashion. We hope that the cultural details woven into the collection, coupled with the information we provide about the program, will ignite an awareness of global issues. To the Abi Ferrin customer, this should provide an added satisfaction for contributing to a greater cause.”
We couldn’t agree more! Come “Shop with Purpose” with Abi Ferrin and the other merchants who are participating in the 2010 Tseelana Market benefiting The Wilson Foundation. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, October 21 5 – 8 pm
Friday, October 22 10 am – 4 pm
7501 Turtle Creek Boulevard (corner of Turtle Creek and Hanover)
Dallas, TX 75225
For more information, please call 214-523-7577
Special thanks to Ryan Osborne Homes and Briggs Freeman Realtors for the generous use of this exquisite new home.