Handmade Ethiopian Luxury Goods
Empowering & employing marginalized groups
Sammy Ethiopia brings traditional craftsmanship to an international level with their line of luxury scarves and leather goods.
Sammy creates employment opportunities for artisans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s largest city. Sammy employs 400 local artisans (talented weavers, embroiderers, cotton spinners and dyers) to create their accessories line. All workers receive a fair wage, safe working conditions, and an opportunity to advance their skillset.
Sammy’s mission includes empowering and employing marginalized groups in order to improve lives within their communities. Sammy partners with Beza Le Hiwot and Wegen Aden, who work to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS; Berhan Taye, who work with those affected with leprosy; and Zewai Women’s Cooperative, who teach sewing and embroidery to women. These collaborations are rooted in Sammy Ethiopia’s overall aim to decrease poverty in the country.
The Ethiopia-based social enterprise, which debuted at the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge at Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week
aims to showcase stylish products that are created with care in a manner that improves the lives of the artisans they employ.
Sammy hand made in Ethiopia is sold in stores like Barneys New York or Le Bon Marche Paris.