The making of ‘The Hope Collection Lookbook’ by Conflict Women

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If we pay enough attention to the world around us, we can always find a cause worth supporting or fighting for.  As a female entrepreneur, I’ve found that one of the most empowering things is having the support and encouragement of other women. Finding avenues to facilitate that type of empowerment and to contribute positively to the lives of others has been both an unwavering quest and passion of mine. As faith would have it, in an unexpected twist of a casual conversation with Design by Spirit ‘s Art Director Christophe Pierre, which then morphed into a meeting with a young lady  named Asiya Mohammed, that quest and passion was set ablaze instantaneously. Then in what seemed like a divine alignment, the Conflict Women Ltd ‘Hope Collection’ Lookbook was born.

“These women are more than just survivors of abuse, they are their children’s heroes, they are the hope of other women living in homes of abuse and they are strong beyond measure.”

 

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Conflict Women Limited, is a company that is dedicated to financially empowering survivors of sexual and domestic violence and improving their lives. The CEO Asiya Mohammed has moved many mountains since the birth of the company and pioneers most diligently the sustainability of these women who are victims of abuse. Conflict Women acts as a safe haven for these women, who are rescued from homes of extreme abuse. They are trained in jewelry making and the pieces created are then sold to create a pool of finances that provide a salary to these women, so that they can stand independently and take care of themselves and their children. In reality these women leave their abusive partners most times unemployed and with no means of supporting their families. Hence, this is why Conflict Women is so important not just for the Caribbean diaspora but the entire world.

“If we pay enough attention to the world around us, we can always find a cause worth supporting or fighting for.”

The Hope Collection Lookbook Project

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When I first laid eyes on the Hope Collection at Christophe’s place in his excitement to show me all the new work Conflict Women was doing, I had an instant connection and an immediate vision in my head ensued. I wanted to take on the challenge of the project and in that moment I made a bold jolt and in one simple question I had asked him for the reins to produce a lookbook and was given full creative liberty on the project. Thus, becoming the Hope Collection Lookbook’s Creative Director and Fashion Stylist. Having admired Conflict Women from afar for quite some time now, I was eager to find a way to contribute to such an incredible cause. I wanted to help these women, I wanted to be apart of their hope and share in their empowerment as they have now contributed to mine through this project. These women are more than just survivors of abuse, they are their children’s heroes, they are the hope of other women living in homes of abuse and they are strong beyond measure. The concept of the lookbook was influenced by those factors and was directed towards illustrating illumination and their strength in the midst of adversity. Their faces must remain unknown, but their spirits and hearts lay bare before us through these beautiful jewelry designs.

Teamwork makes the dream work – Behind The Scenes

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The Hope Collection Lookbook had an amazing team that came together for this project. On set, the energy was beautiful and infectious. No one complained about the long hours and everyone gave it their all. There were moments when I would isolate myself from everyone just to admire them working so diligently and passionately, perfecting their respective crafts. In retrospect I believe the team could not have been more perfect. We became the voice and workmen of these talented women. The humility and hard work that abounded that day to me was a direct reflection of the spirit of Conflict Women.

The Hope Collection Team

Conflict Women CEO – Asiya Mohammed

Art Direction – Christophe Pierre
Creative Direction/Styling – Keziah Lendor
Photography – Melvern Isaac
Makeup – Tricia Blaise-Fergus
Project Management – Shauna Danae Grant
Photo Studio – Silverpin Studio
Model – Tamara Malcolm, Inique, Coco Velvet International Fashion & Model Management
Model – Alana Nipper, Coco Velvet International Fashion & Model Management
Model – Fariel Ali-Khan

 

The Hope Collection

Each piece is handcrafted in Trinidad & Tobago by the beautiful survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Every purchase you make gives hope to a survivor. A hope of financial independence and freedom.

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To browse and SHOP the collection:
Visit http://conflictwomen.com/hope-collection/ and purchase via credit card or indicate interest by email.
Conflict Women ships locally and internationally
Alternatively, visit The Shop at Hotel Normandie in Trinidad & Tobago
More outlets will be announced soon. SHOP NOW!

The Hope Collection Lookbook Preview

Here is a look at the Hope Collection Lookbook and some of the survivor stories.

 

 

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