My name is Shingayi, I am the founder and creative director of Sunbird Collection, a start up online ethical and fairtrade manufacturer and retailer of fashion made in Africa.
Career history / Company history:
My family owns a small apparel manufacturing business in Zimbabwe. I grew up working at the factory, accompanying my mother to source fabric and meet with buyers. After I left Zimbabwe for the US, I worked in retail sales during Summer breaks and on Capital Hill during the historic passage of the Africa trade bill (AGOA). I have worked for the big guys on trade, but always felt like I wasn't being true to myself. Sunbird Collection is my way of finally getting back to me, to working on fair trade that build sustainable communities in the continent I call home.
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Hello Shingayi, I appreciate vry much your invitation to join your network. I have been to Africa (Senegal) to paraticipate in the Dakar Biennial of contemporary art. The experience was amazing. I look forward to returning to Africa soon. About your business I would like to learn more about what you do. I am currently developing my business here in Trinidad and possibly in New York. I would like to source fabrics. Would it be possible for you to provide me with samples. I am very interested in African hand dyed and woven textiles. Let me know what is possible. My eemail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Kind Rgerads