Published on July 30, 2013 in atelierlapchi.com News
Atelier Lapchi in Los Angeles was proud to host a dynamic focus group working to end child labor and exploitation in the carpet industry. With the aim of raising awareness and support in the Los Angeles design community, Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design teamed up with Nina Smith, the Executive Director of GoodWeave and Atelier Lapchi to kick off a high energy think tank on June 20th, 2013.
Since 1995, GoodWeave has been on the forefront of the nonprofit fight to rescue, educate and rehabilitate over 1,000,000 thousand of “carpet kids” from enslavement.
After absorbing an in depth presentation by Nina Smith of the facts and abusive child labor practices rampant in the handmade carpet industry, a potent mix of LA interior design talents, rug industry leaders, public relations professionals, publishing and business consulting brains, tackled the facts and debated long and short term initiatives to make ethical carpet sourcing and specifying and outreach a priority.
Moderated by Kristi Nelson and Bill Frack of LEK Consulting, the guests discussed the issues of child abuse, human trafficking, and the human cost of unchecked labor practice. Aware that simply writing a check is not enough, and using their pooled contacts, industry and multi media savvy and out of the box thinking, the team are forming plans to effect change in our industry – and have a great time doing it! We will be hearing more from this committed and compassionate group in the months to come.
Lapchi’s core values are creativity and quality with a conscience, and we are delighted to be a part of this initiative.
Kristi Nelson is a talented and enthusiastic long term Lapchi client, and has made a commitment to GoodWeave and the fight to end child slavery, abuse and bonded labor in Nepal, India and Afghanistan. “Using child labor in the production of Luxury goods such as high-end, handmade carpets is unacceptable to me as an interior designer and a mother. Thanks to organizations like Goodweave, designers can specify products that are socially and ethically responsible.” Kristi can be contacted via email.
Since 1995, GoodWeave has been on the forefront of the nonprofit fight to rescue, educate and rehabilitate over 1,000,000 thousand of “carpet kids” from enslavement. For more information please visit GoodWeave.org and please join with us in eradicating child labor!
The first round of champion players are:
Alex Ahmadi, Ariana Rugs
Julie Du Brow, DubroWorks
Margret Dunne, Pacific Design Center
Bill Frack, LEK Consulting
Zak Graff, Ensemble ZKG
Rafi Kalichstein, Form LA
Karolin Kahen, Andrew Neave, Atelier Lapchi Staff
Joanne Medeiros, Elle Decor
Kristi Nelson, KMNelson Design
(with team Channon, Leeann, and Shenee)
Peggy Platner, Platner and Company
Shaun Thompson, Shaun Thompson PR
Delta Wright, Curated
Mark Wryan, Mark Wryan Design
Peter Valli, PCV Photographic
Supportive players also include:
Arianne Nardo and Michael Wollinger
from Interiors Magazine
Michela O’Connor Abrams, Dwell Magazine
Photos ©2013 Peter Valli, PCV Photographic