Last Wednesday, a new event series called “Creatively D.C.” commenced at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. Co-hosted by Maven Women, an ethically-made locally-based womenswear brand, and Karana Rising, a local social enterprise built by and for survivors of human trafficking, the event aimed to raise awareness of emerging female entrepreneurs, the ethical fashion movement, and D.C.’s longstanding sex-trafficking problem.
Although Rebecca Ballard, the founder of Maven Women, and Andrea Powell, the founder of Karana Rising, kicked off the event series as co-hosts, they previously knew each other from social justice work. Creatively D.C. was conceived as an avenue for Ballard and Powell to bring together for-profit and non-profit supporters. The gallery was filled with tables so guests could shop female-led, ethical fashion businesses — like Kichecko Goods, Maven Women, and handcrafted jewelry made by Karana’s artists who are part of their design labs. The next Creatively D.C. event in the series, this Friday, August 2nd at Farragut Fridays, will continue to promote female-owned businesses and support the work of Karana Rising.