Atelier Lapchi, LA

Atelier Lapchi Hosts GoodWeave Focus Group

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.

Left to Right - Nina Smith, Margret Dunne & sidekick James, Krist Nelson of KMNDesign, Andrew Neave of Lapchi LLC

Left to Right – Nina Smith, Margret Dunne & sidekick James, Kristi Nelson of KMNDesign, Andrew Neave of Lapchi LLC

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.

Left to Right - Rafi Kalichstein of Forma LA, Shaun Thompson of Shaun Thompson PR, Julie Du Brow of Dubroworks

Left to Right – Rafi Kalichstein of Forma LA, Shaun Thompson of Shaun Thompson PR, Julie Du Brow of Dubroworks

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.

Left to Right:  Bill Frack of LEK Consulting, Rafi Kalichstein of Forma LA, Zak Graff of Ensemble ZKG, Alex Ahmadi of Ariana Rugs, Mark Wryan of Mark Wryan Designs, Peggy Platner of Platner & Company, Delta Wright of Curated, Julie Du Brow of Dubroworks, Shaun Thompson of Shaun Thompson PR

Left to Right: Bill Frack of LEK Consulting, Rafi Kalichstein of Forma LA, Zak Graff of Ensemble ZKG, Alex Ahmadi of Ariana Rugs, Mark Wryan of Mark Wryan Designs, Peggy Platner of Platner & Company, Delta Wright of Curated, Julie Du Brow of Dubroworks, Shaun Thompson of Shaun Thompson PR

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.

Nina Smith - Executive Director of GoodWeave,  Kristi Nelson of KMNDesign

Nina Smith – Executive Director of GoodWeave, Kristi Nelson of KMNDesign

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

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