Denise Ross
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Profession / role:
Head of Design
Company / organisation:
Johari
Website (if you have one):
www.johari.co.uk
My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Designer, Retailer, Supplier, Manufacturer
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About me / About business or organisation:
Basically I am a typical Capricorn, and while I don't really take astrology seriously, there is no denying my drive to work and to feel passionate about what I do.

You can find out more about me and the things that inspire me at my blog: www.identi.co.uk
Career history / Company history:
I have been making things since I was a kid and when I was 17 I left Glasgow to study Product Development at London College of Fashion. Between then and now I have worked in a variety of design and development roles across many sectors, and not just fashion! For example, I have worked as an A&R manager in the music industry and as a Web Developer for all kinds of businesses - from small independent book publishers to big corporate banks and public sector organisations.

Recently things have come full circle and I now find myself working for an IT company that have a charity that run several social development programmes in Kenya. With my fashion background and general interest in all things creative I now work part time for Johari, the social enterprise that funds the social development programmes.

Here is the philosophy behind Johari:

"Our philosophy is simple. We passionately believe that fashion should be ethical, not just beautiful.

Johari, which means ‘something precious’ in Swahili, is a Social Enterprise that not only produces exquisite hand-crafted clothes and jewellery, but creates opportunities for vulnerable young woman in Kenya - so that they can build a living for themselves and their families.

100% of the profit made by Johari is used to support Miale Community Programmes of the Johari Foundation, one of which is our Apprenticeship scheme.

This isn’t a philosophy we just pay lip service to - we live it in everything we do. From our Design Council that combines talents from diverse backgrounds and skills, to our material sourcing, tailoring and production – we make every effort to ensure our fashion is beautiful inside out."

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At 11:43 on September 2, 2010, Fashioning an Ethical Industry said…
Hi Denise,

We thought you might be interested in joining our new group on the Scottish Ethical Fashion Education Network!

From September 2010 Fashioning an Ethical Industry will be working with Scottish universities and colleges to establish a network interested in teaching, learning and sharing about ethics in the fashion industry. With the support from FEI the Network will host events, develop resources and share best practice related to corporate social responsibility in the fashion industry. Please do join the group to input into the development of the network and keep informed of news and events.
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At 11:44 on March 12, 2010, TANO Design - Responsible-tees said…
Hi Denise Habari from NYC/via Nairobi. Thanks for checking out TANO Design. I appreciate the props. I value Johari's mission and love the tee's featured in the album where can I buy a couple?
At 12:28 on January 20, 2010, jacqueline said…
Hey Denise
I would love to know how you started your foundation
My business is also a social enterprise not for profit and with the aim to build its own foundation - any pointers?
At 13:14 on November 17, 2009, David McGill said…
Hi Denisei am working on a Kenyan involving womens co-operatives and ethical fashion so your site came as a pleasant surprise to me. I was hoping yoi might be able to give me some advice on sourcing.
 
 
 

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