Robin Wright, giving back
Well-known for her role as Claire Underwood in House Of Cards (and her presidential style), Robin Wright is also the co-founder of a socially-conscious clothing range. Having spent over a decade visiting the Congo, meeting female survivors of violent crimes via the Washington-based Enough Project, Wright was determined to do something to give back. To help give Congolese women a ‘sustainable life’. Along with her friend, designer Karen Fowler, the pair created a range of beautiful sleepwear with the aim of providing economic opportunities for women living in war-torn regions around the world.
Pour Les Femmes launched in 2014, the nightwear collection is inspired by vintage designs and crafted from soft Indian cotton and linen. ‘We’ve always said we want to build our perfect idea of a pyjama because we could never find it. And we love being in bed,’ Wright has said. The initiative helps to give the female survivors of violence the chance to learn a trade. Through sewing classes the Congolese women provide for themselves and their families, and then pass the skills on to other women. In a country where women have been systematically abused and silenced and have little or no rights (it is reported that 2.5 million girls are out of school), Pour les Femmes provides the opportunity to work and be independent. ‘We want to give these women a feeling of comfort and security. That’s what you get when you pull on a pair of pyjamas and get into bed. We feel safe at night and they don’t.’
Photographed by Rory Payne and interviewed by Ella Alexander, Wright is wearing a combination of Pour Les Femmes, Raey and The Row. Read the full feature HERE.
Quotes are from the Telegraph.
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