FASHION HOPE SERVES AS A CATALYST TO BUILD AWARENESS AND EMPOWER WOMEN THROUGH SUSTAINABLE FASHION and media PROJECTS. WE aim to EDUCATE and INFORM.

THIS IS A GLOBAL MISSION.

     On 24 April 2013, over 1,133 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 2,500 more were injured. As the concrete crushed many lives that day our passion for justice specifically in fashion grew and we decided to speak up and be heard. The partnerships with companies such as Good On You, Destiny Rescue both of Sydney Australia, advocates like Jessica Minhas, Mary David and others make that task more attainable.

     We believe that when brands are more concerned about profits than the safety of its workers a line in the sand must be drawn. Fashion Hope is a volunteer run organization that works to raise awareness, funds and educate the world regarding human trafficking and labour issues within the fashion industry. We have virtual offices in the US, Australia and Canada. Learn more about our programs and our capabilities by clicking the appropriate area of interest.

THE TEAM

 

MARC PALMER

FOUNDER

With Team Since:

2010

Hometown:

Milwaukee, WI

3 things I do on the weekend:

Extra long walks, shopping, day spa when possible.

Favorite Time of Day:

Golden hour (right before sunset when everything turns golden). Seems like anything is possible when everything is in Technicolor

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Mafolie in St Thomas, USVI

Favorite Movie or Movies:

Notebook and Nickie's Family

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Hillsong, Look To You , 2005

How I take my coffee:

Black

Fun Fact (personal or general):

I loved skydiving it is the coolest rush ever

Why Fashion Hope?

Because I knew fashion could and should have a voice for justice.

Email:

marc@fashionhope.org

Tel: +1(760)905-4173

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMANTHA LORENZO,

IN FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

With Team Since:

2014

Hometown:

London ON Canada

3 things I do on the weekend:

Church, brunch at a nice restaurant, road trips

Favorite Time of Day:

Normally bed time as I love my bed..lol

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro, or the Dominican Republic

Favorite Movie or Movies:

The Power of One (book).. Sister Act (movie)

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Not sure but some kind of praise and worship music

How I take my coffee:

Dark or expresso roast with double cream

Fun Fact (personal or general):

I'm an awesome salsa dancer

Why Fashion Hope?

Because we should all be trying to make the world a better place  :) 

Email:

samantha@fashonhope.org

 

SELANI THOMAS,

EDITOR

With Team Since:

2017

Hometown:

Indianapolis, In

3 things I do on the weekend:

Brunch/Dinner with friends in the city, Rooftop hangs, and Netflix

Favorite Time of Day:

Dusk, if I can get up this early, I know I'm bound to see a beautiful sunrise over NYC. 

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Nederland, CO

Favorite Movie or Movies:

Forrest Gump, 13 Going on 30, Breakfast at Tiffanys

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

Currently, The Royalty by The Royal Royal (bound to change next month)

How I take my coffee:

Black

Fun Fact (personal or general):

Very proud to have 13 incredibly fun, ambitious sibilings.

Why Fashion Hope? 

Because I see Fashion Hope sees the importance of coming together in pursuit of solving key issues and we have an amazing team doing so!

Email:

selani@fashonhope.org

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DANIEL WALKER

MEDIA DIRECTOR

With Team Since:

2014

Hometown:

Indianapolis, IN

3 things I do on the weekend:

DANCE! (ZOUK), Photo Editing, Spontaneous out-of-town trips

Favorite Time of Day:

Sunset, easily.  Amazing lighting and brilliant exposure for photography and visual brilliance.

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Favorite Movie or Movies:

Inception

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Depends on the island; currently, Justin Bieber, “Purpose”

How I take my coffee:

Black

Fun Fact (personal or general):

I can perform freestyle hip hop/spoken word poetry, and enjoy songwriting.

Why Fashion Hope?

I view Fashion as one of the influential and representational elements of modern culture; congruently, I believe fashion to function as one of the most powerful and relevant forums to enable awareness, tangible response, and partnerships for social justice and culturally reformative movements. 

Email: 

daniel@fashionhope.org

TRANG DANG

FASHION WEEK COORDINATOR

With Team Since:

2012

Hometown:

Vancouver, BC 

3 things I do on the weekend: 

Work, dine at local restaurants, and play video games

Favorite Time of Day:

Whenever there is sunlight

Favorite Travel Destination and spot:

Anywhere in Old Montreal

Favorite Movie or Movies:

The Matrix

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

How I take my coffee:
Lots of cream and sugar

Fun Fact (personal or general):
Still cannot ride a bike...

Email:

tdang@fashonhope.org

 

 

 

 

JORGE A. Pena,

DIRECTOR OF #ONLYLOVECAN CAMPAIGN

With Team Since:

2017

Hometown:

Brooklyn, NY

3 things I do on the weekend:

Work out, Spend time with my amazing girlfriend, and church!!

Favorite Time of Day:

Early Morning, such a fulfillment accomplishing tasks before the sun rises! 

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Any of Italy's amazing islands such as Capri or Sardinia

Favorite Movie or Movies:

Shawshank Redemption, Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

James Taylor Greatest Hits (Don't judge)

How I take my coffee:

Very little room for milk and no sugar

Fun Fact (personal or general):

I have traveled to over 25 countries!

Why Fashion Hope? 

Transitioning out of uniform I still long to lift the oppressed, defend those without a voice. Fashion Hope has a platform that is unparalleledin anything I have ever seen.

Email:

jorge@fashonhope.org

ROUBA PALMER

MEDIA THEATRE DIRECTOR

With Team Since:
2015

Hometown:

Wyongah, NSW, Australia

3 things I do on the weekend:

Go to the beach, Walk on the beach, Swim at the beach

Favorite Time of Day:

Morning when everything is fresh and full of promise

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Portobuffalo, a small remote seaside village on the Greek Island of Evia

Favorite Movie or Movies:

Life is Beautiful

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

My worship playlist

How I take my coffee:

I don't. I take my tea and I take it green

Fun Fact (personal or general):

Favourite colour is green, like my tea ;)

Why Fashion Hope?

Because Fashion Hope shares my vision to educate and motivate people to take a stand against human trafficking by using media and the arts.

Email: info@fashionhope.org

Tel: +61413480458  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LISA HALE

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

With Team Since:

2014 

Hometown:

Winter Haven, FL

3 things I do on the weekend:

Work / Clean House / Grocery Shop

Favorite Time of Day:

The middle of the night

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Paris, France

Favorite Movie or Movies:

Spike Jonze's 'The Fall'

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Pink Floyd 'Wish You Were Here'

How I take my coffee:

I don't like drinking coffee

Fun Fact (personal or general):

I'm a direct decedent of Nathan Hale

Why Fashion Hope?

I want to make a positive difference in this world by the decisions that I make. 

Email: 

lisah@fashionhope.org

 

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Alicia Betts,

CLOTHING DRIVE COORDINATOR

With Team Since:

2017

Hometown:

Many! Father in Sales... but I claim St Louis, MO and North Carolina (Go Tarheels!) 

3 things I do on the weekend:

Study recipes and create culinary masterpieces (at least in my mind!), drink wine while listening to music on my front porch and worship the Lord! Oh... and dream in Italian!! 

Favorite Time of Day:

I love sunset and always try to catch on the beautiful beaches where I live or on my front porch

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Why Italia. Ovviamente!

Favorite Movie or Movies:

Love Actually, An Officer and a Gentleman, Dr Zhivago, Chocolat, Under The Tuscan Sun

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

Mama Mia Movie soundtrack and any Third Day

Fun Fact (personal or general):

I will find a million ways to wear an article of clothing! I have an obsession with Italy and will live there someday, even though I don't one drop of Italian blood! I have serious wanderlust...

Why Fashion Hope? 

I have been given gifts by God and I want to use them for His purpose. I have a passion for style and making a difference in our world.  As a stylist, I love to make any woman feel beautiful, loved, secure and FIERCE!

Email:

alicia@fashionhope.org

JESSICA MINHAS

ADVOCACY

With Team Since: 
2016

Hometown: 

I have a few; Tomah, WI, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Wiesbaden, Germany

3 things I do on the weekend: 

Endlessly explore New York City, restaurants, and vintage book stores. 

Favorite Time of Day: 

Sunrise and sunset.

Favorite Travel destination and spot: 

Anywhere that is warm and beautiful. 

Favorite Movie or Movies: 

Elf

Only album I’d take to a deserted island: 

Does Spotify count? 

How I take my coffee or tea: 

Light and sweet

Fun Fact (personal or general): 

I love you.

Why Fashion Hope?

One of the most powerful ways to make an impact in our society is by what we choose to invest our money in as consumers. I believe we should be making conscious spending decisions that support hope, justice and freedom for all. 

Email:

hello@jessicaminhas.com

 

MARY DAVID

AWARENESS & EDUCATION

With Team Since:

2016 

Hometown:

Ellicott City, MD

3 things I do on the weekend:

Latin dancing, Spoken word poetry, SLEEP! (At least I try to) 

Favorite Time of Day:

As the sun sets - a reminder that hard work from the day is almost over and the blessings of relaxation and unwinding are soon to come (because I am a night person and am in my most creative element after the sun goes down)

Favorite Travel destination and spot:

Barcelona, Spain - The architecture of Gaudí is full of color and whimsy that makes me feel like I am in a fairytale. I love getting lost in the Gothic quarter listening to street musicians along the corridors. And the dancing! You can't beat it :) 

Favorite Movie or Movies:

The Last Samurai, The Bourne series, Sound of Music 

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Something by Britt Nicole or Mandisa - it's hard to pick just one! 

How I take my coffee:

With Coconut Water!!! Harmless Harvest, Fair Trade Coffee Brand (sooo good!) 

Fun Fact (personal or general):

Crocodile meat tastes like a slimy, fishy version of chicken - or it did at the restaurant in my hometown. Which is not located near any large body of freshwater... so that may have been the problem ;) 

Why Fashion Hope?

Fashion Hope challenges stereotypes/norms and creates a unique lens and response to view and "do" advocacy. This resonates with me on a personal level because I've never fit neatly into anyone's puzzle. But now I have an ally ;) 

Email:

mary@sheismarydavid.com

OUR INTERNS

Isabelle Karabetian/Assistant Fashion Week Coordinator
ikarabetian@fashionhope.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanie Tseng/Polyvore Stylist
jtseng@fashionhope.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sidney Johnson/Researcher
sjohnson@fashionhope.org

 

 

 

 

Leticia Sanchez/Fashion Blogger
leti@fashionhope.org

 

 

 


 

 

 

Jasmine Franklin/Social Media Analyst
jfranklin@fashionhope.org

 

 

 

Interested in volunteering or getting more information? Please email lisa@fashionhope.org

 

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