An important facet of Emelienne’s, Joselyne’s, and Grace’s participation in the 2013 Artisan Trip was their interaction with our design partners and retail clients.
Last Thursday, the trio visited Jill Golden’s design showroom in the chic NOLITA neighborhood. Their eyes lit up as they spied the sparkling ISARO collection hand-beaded by Ejo Hazaza cooperative, and Emelienne raced to try on a few of these show-stopping pieces.
|Emelienne decked out in Jill Golden!|
After admiring each beautifully crafted piece of jewelry, Emelienne, Joselyne, and Grace sat down with Jill to discuss the purpose of a design showroom. Through productive discussion guided by Deirdre McGuigan, Indego’s Creative Director, Emelienne and Joselyne began to understand the importance of quality control and product presentation.
|Discussion with Jill Golden|
This experience allowed Emelienne and Joselyne the opportunity to imagine their futures as fully-independent and self-sufficient retailers. And once again, Emelienne resolved to pay it forward and report upon her visit to the showroom to the women of Ejo Hazaza.
Yesterday, the three women made a stop in the Meatpacking District at DANNIJO’s showroom to continue their tour of some of our fabulous design partners. The visit came at a great time because DANNIJO has just recently celebrated their five-year anniversary as a company! They are a great example for Joselyne and Emelienne to see how successful women entrepreneurs can be, especially with their huge success in such a short time.
Greeted with smiles and hugs, right away the five women were buzzing with excitement and ideas for their next project. The most recent Indego Africa x DANNIJO product is the Indego Clutch; however, it seems perhaps a piece of jewelry may be in the future.
Joselyne, Emelienne, and Grace got to admire all the amazing pieces to help fill them with ideas to bring back to Rwanda. It is also great for them to see the high quality of their products and how a successful business is run as a model for Cocoki and Abasangiye. At the request of Danielle and Jodie, Joselyne, Emelienne, and Grace each got to put on a signature DANNIJO “Bib” and strike a few poses with Danielle and Jodie before getting back to business.