Louisville Magazine

OCT 2014

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138 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.14 style fashion hile studying at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, Colleen Clines and a classmate had to make something using textiles. Clines remembered a trip to India and the grave sex trade many women there face. That was the beginning of the Anchal Project, which hires Indian women to make quilts, scarves, bags and pillows for a living wage and health care. ("Anchal," pronounced ahn-shawl, is Hindi for the edge of a sari used to provide comfort and protection.) "Anchal is an oppor- tunity to make something that's recycled, vintage, one of a kind," says Clines, 29, who grew up in Louisville and went to Sacred Heart Academy. Luxuriously soft and colorful, the products are easy to make, which has allowed Anchal to hire its current team of 100 artisans and project managers in Calcutta and Jaipur. The rest of the team — four more employees, plus a board of 11, interns and volunteers — is state- side, and the company operates out of an offce off Newburg Road. Last year, Clines and one of her designer friends at the clothing chain Urban Outftters formed a partnership that turns pieces of Anchal's quilts and scarves into a clothing line called Anchal x Urban Renewal. (The local Urban Outftters store named Oct. 16 of last year "Anchal Day," which will take place again this year. An- chal is also planning a pop-up shop at Whitehall in November.) Even with major partnerships and recognition already estab- lished — actress America Ferrera has partnered with the project, and in 2012 Clines was No. 18 on the Public Interest Design 100, a list that included Bill and Melinda Gates and Barbara Bush — Clines has new projects in mind. "India is just the beginning," she says. Quilts for a Cause By Mary Chellis Austin Photo by Greg Stanfeld Local project saves Indian women. W Scarves, quilts, pillows and the Anchal x Urban Renewal collection available at anchalproject.org. Colleen Clines

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