Kate Spade & Company Launches New Trade-Based Initiative in Rwanda

For the last 12 months, Karisimbi Buiness Partners has been working with Kate Spade & Company, the renowned fashion brand whose popularity has exploded over the last few years. Known for their high quality handbags, Kate Spade & Company has expanded to bring a range of apparel, fashion accessories and home products to their offering.

As a company committed to expanding their corporate social responsibility impact, Kate Spade & Co identified Rwanda as the springboard for the on purpose initiative. Through this for-profit initiative, Kate Spade & Company worked with Karisimbi Business Partners to employ over 120 local artisans in Masoro, Rwanda to help establish a new business as a profitable supplier to kate spade new york, Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade.

Unlike traditional non-profit organizations or donation-based programs, KBP assisted Kate Spade & Company to create on purpose with the goal of helping empower the village of Masoro to become more economically stable. A team of Karisimbi staff dedicated 100% to the project worked closely with these artisans to provide technical skills and training in financial literacy to help them evolve their existing association into a licensed business entity. The company offers its employees a fair salary, benefits including vacation time and maternity leave, health care and national social security benefits. Karisimbi also ensured that Kate Spade & Company’s compliance and labor standards were me to ensure compliance with global standards for working conditions.

This CSR project stands out as the products produced in Rwanda for the limited-edition on purpose collection are designed to fit seamlessly into Kate Spade & Company’s existing collections and the artisans adhere to the same design and manufacturing guidelines the Company applies to all of its products. on purpose items include kate spade new york handbags, scarves and jewelry, Kate Spade Saturday jewelry and home items and Jack Spade totes, bracelets and pocket squares.

You can see the results for yourself: The limited-edition items will be available in select kate spade new york, Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade stores and on each brand’s website beginning May 5, 2014.

Meanwhile, the Karisimbi Team will remain on the ground to support the growth and development of this exciting initiative.