Harkiss Designs, (http://harkissdesigns.com), a fashion company based on the idea of compassionate capitalism, has announced the winners of its May 2014 Mother’s Day contest. The title “Lady of the Season” has been awarded to Christie Bennett from New York City. Bennett is the winning lady who purchased $75 or more in handmade accessories during Harkiss Designs’ Mother’s Day promotion, and was automatically entered to be in the running for “Lady of the Season”. She will be awarded four pieces of fine, handcrafted jewelry, one for each season of the year through the winter of 2015. The runner-up, Luanda Lozano of New York City, will be receiving a beautifully hand-woven basket created by a Harkiss Designs artisan, as well as a unique bracelet constructed from natural horn or brass.
“Our Lady of the Season contest was all about giving back, bridging the gap between the U.S & East Africa, and trying to find a common ground through fashion,” states Harkiss Designs Founder and CEO Harriet Zaffoni. “These handmade pieces are not only unique in style, but also reflect the individual stories of the East African artisans that created them. Mothers play a significant role in our lives so we thought it was a beautiful concept to provide them with something that was a one of a kind piece ongoing via this promotion.”
Harkiss Designs luxury brand is exclusively sold online and carries everything from home goods to fashion accessories such as sandals, jewelry, and handbags. Prices for the exquisite pieces range from $45 to $400 with their entire jewelry, accessory, and home goods selection handcrafted in East Africa. The company prides itself on beautifully infusing East African culture with modern U.S. trends to produce breathtaking statement pieces that you would want to wear daily. Aside from creating chic statement pieces, Zaffoni has made it her mission to pay homage to her native land of Uganda through Harkiss Designs as well. She has partnered with East African Innovative Consultants (EABIC), a company that facilitated investments in Eastern Africa, as well as joined “Lend a Hand Uganda” as a sponsor. Zaffoni also created a sister organization, “Lend a Hand Uganda-USA”, which has been dedicated to donating 10% of all Harkiss Designs proceeds to the charity in order to give vulnerable and orphaned children in Uganda foster care services, education, healthcare and more for more check out www.lendahanduganda.com
About Harkiss Designs
Founded by CEO Harriet Zaffoni in 2011, Harkiss Designs promotes their brand with the slogan “empowering East African women one item at a time.” Harkiss is based on the idea of compassionate capitalism. Every product is made by East African artisans (most of whom are women responsible for supporting their entire family) in the comfortable and safe setting of a co-op in their community. Those handcraft pieces are made from locally soured wood, stone, cow horn, leather, and many other natural and sustainable materials.