Fournier...A great Shop & Cause.

Thursday, September 29, 2011



Exclusive Interview with Fournier! 


...Ok, maybe not exclusive.

BUT...that sounds fun. 


Regardless, I'm excited to share Anabel's answers to some of the questions that I had for her.  

She is the heart, the genius and the soul behind Fourner. 
(side note: is heart and soul the same thing?)

Fournier is a shop and a cause that I really admire and that I'm really proud to have in that sponsor column to the right!

I hope you enjoy reading about her :)



I know that Fournier began from a special place, can you tell us the story? 
I founded Fournier as a poverty alleviation project in the summer of 2004 while living in Bolivia, and after researching rural womens survival strategies in the face of extreme poverty. The point of my research was to settle on a project to help the community make long lasting improvements in their own standards of living.  
After discovering the amazing natural materials and craftmanship, I dedicated my stay in Bolivia to lay the groundwork for Fournier. In the past seven years Fournier has been training the artisans in knitting, crocheting, embroidery and sewing. 
 What has been your favorite thing about starting and owning Fournier? 
Giving opportunities to artisans in Bolivia, and providing people all along our supply chain with wages that enable them to live comfortably. 
It has also given my the opportunity to meet wonderful people and make long lasting friendships.
The design part is also a favorite. It has given me the chance to use my knitting knowledge in a very positive way.
(Some of the faces/artisans behind Fournier)

Do you have any exciting plans for the future of Fournier? 
Expand my womens line of accessories and clothing. I am also working on new toys and accessories for babies and kids. 
And lastly, 5 things that make you happy?
1. My family
   2. My work
   3. My charities
  4. My friends
  5. Baking & Knitting
 











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30 comments:

lifeanditsotherdrugs said...

This is such a wonderful cause. Seeing people do something so creative to help others is truly inspiring. It makes you want to be a better person. Great Interview!

Dancing Branflake said...

Okay, she is my new hero. Wow! I cannot believe all she's done. What an inspiring post!

Diana Mieczan said...

Anabel is totally fantastic! Such an inspiring interview:) Wish you both a great Thursday. Kisses

Mo Pie, Please said...

So amazing!

ellie said...

How rewarding. & amazing.

ivy's closet said...

Awesome Q & A!

Amanda said...

I just got the cutest llama pouch/purse from Fournier as a birthday gift for a sweet little 2-year-old (must've bought the last one because it's not on the website anymore). I can't wait to give it to her! Their pieces are beautiful! I still get compliments on my necklace...

Christianna said...

This is brilliant! I love hearing about people who do awesome stuff like this!

Gloria said...

Reading stuff like this warms my heart :-) I just wish I had a more soul-fulfilling job myself!

Diana said...

Everything looks so comfy and adorable! I can't wait to start wearing toques again, even though that means I'll be cold.

Teenage Bride said...

what a beautiful reason to start a business!

Jamie said...

How inspiring

Monique said...

what a great interview, so amazing she was able to mobilize and empower some artisans of bolivia

A BRIT GREEK said...

A refreshing and inspiring interview! Good stuff girl!
x.o.x.o

Sunny & Star said...

Very inspiring. Great interview.

Ashley said...

Awesome. And amazing that she's found a job she's passionate about. I need to do this!

Also, I like how you slipped a bit of philosophy in the post :)

"side note: is heart and soul the same thing?"

Nanne said...

This is so great! And that bag....!

design elements said...

a m a z i n g and i n s p i r i n g

creativefashionglee said...

I love the story behind this brand, great cause. I support income-generating projects such as this that gives poor people a job. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Molly said...

I kinda love that necklace that you've featured up at the top of the post!!
And "exclusive" or not, I was glad to read your interview!!!

Lisa Griffin said...

This is such a great cause and beautiful things!
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Olga said...

This post is very inspiring. And the bag looks fantastic!

Wander.Lust said...

wow that is such a great story! it's really cool to find out the stories behind a store you love...thanks for sharing :)

Ashley/ MILK TEETHS said...

what a worthy cause. definitely one inspiring lady :)

Melmo said...

wow. that's amazing what she did.

chaoskontrolowany said...

Great pics!

LeeLee said...

Incredibly inspiring post!

Ans said...

VERY INSPIRATIONAL, I AM DOING SOMETHING SIMILAR SO KNOWING OF OTHER PEOPLE DOING GOODLY THINGS CAN ONLY MOTIVATE ME EVEN MORE!!!
XXX

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

great q&a Krystal, i love learning about how a shop came to be and hers is obviously a deep seated passion come to its fruition. it's awesome how they train their crafters, such a positive force to be reckoned with. thanks for sharing! ♥

marble top dining table said...

This is brilliant! I love hearing about people who do awesome stuff like this!

 

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