The hands of a Maasai artisan working on beadwork © Louis Nderi & ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative


Sabine Portenier and Evelyne Roth are the two Swiss designers behind the PortenierRoth label. Introduced to the Initiative through Mode Suisse, PortenierRoth partnered with the Ethical Fashion Initiative in 2013 and 2014 and integrated lurex-infused hand-woven cotton textiles from Burkina Faso in their collections. The PortenierRoth designers travelled to Burkina Faso to meet directly with the women hand-weaving their fabric.