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Much like the distinctive and whimsical prints of FAZL designs, Mike Gunn and Vanessa Tse’s journey to start Fazl is a unique tale like no other. They met years ago on a fateful journey to volunteer at a children’s home in North India. “I was here to learn about the children’s resilience in these homes. These kids came from such traumatic backgrounds but in these homes, they could thrive and live fully,” says Vanessa. She also emphasizes that Mike always had a desire to create a “social enterprise” that works on helping people in underprivileged countries. One trip to a Himachali market solidified both their dreams. Vanessa picked up a pair of patterned socks and said, “What if we could give back to children’s homes and give fair wages to the Himachali women who make them?” From there came the creation of Fazl, a brand whose name comes from the Urdu word meaning ‘grace.’
FAZL has always been one of a kind, with their primary mission aimed at providing fair wages for the women who make their products, as well as donating 50% of their net profits to children’s homes in North India. But the journey to start their own company wasn’t an easy one for co-founders Mike and Vanessa.
Read the full article in The Manual here.