Supporters of the new line came out to celebrate its launch and to view the handmade pieces that include 40 different items and accessories such as quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings. Each and every piece is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The event featured music with a special appearance by renowned Haitian singer Emeline Michelle, and Haitian dancing and food. Guests included a representative from the Clinton Foundation, and members of the local Haitian community.
“It is truly devastating to see the ongoing impact of the earthquake in Haiti,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “While we, along with many others, responded immediately with giving, we also quickly identified an opportunity to help in a more lasting way. Like our Rwandan ‘Path to Peace’ program, which has transformed the face of rural Rwanda and the lives of thousands, we know that we can create a sustainable economic model when there is beautifully appointed product and an inspiring story to tell. We are delighted to bring these incredible works of art to Macy’s customers in America, and in turn to create a revenue stream that can support the foundation and infrastructure for Haiti’s rebuild.”
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