Philanthropy in Fashion: Sequence Accessories


Sequence Accessories

Photo courtesy of Sequence

Sequence's Individual Threaded Bracelets.

With so many honorable causes out there, it must be incredibly difficult for would-be philanthropists to decide where to start. But for former fashion editor Ariela Suster, she went with what was, literally, closest to home.

The El Salvador native, who put in time working at Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, and InStyle, has launched Sequence, a collection of accessories made by local artisans in her home country.

“I loved working in editorial; I learned so much from that experience,” Suster told FashionEtc. “But I always knew that my goal was to create something that would blend my culture and upbringing with my experience in editorial and what I had learned about fashion here in New York. I knew that for me the most fulfilling work would come from creating my own fashion brand that I could use as a platform to bring change to people in Central America, especially to people in El Salvador—where I grew up and where my family lives.”

The handbags and jewelry themselves are bright and summer-perfect, retailing between $44 for a colorful knotted bracelet to $468 for a hand-stitched suede bag. And for every purchase made, a portion of proceeds go to Glasswing International, a nonprofit that helps expand communities in Central America with skill-building workshops.

“This workshop is located in a community were youth are at risk of joining gangs and most of them have dropped out of school,” said Suster. “Now they are excited to be part of this project and are learning skills and values that they can bring to their own homes and communities which most of them all plagued with gangs and violence.”

Sequence Accessories

Photos courtesy of Sequence

Sequence's Multi Knot Necklace (left) and the 'Julia in Brick' bag.

Sequence accessories are available on shopbop.com, at Fred Segal Nina at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, and at sequencecollection.com.

“For me it is about creating products that will carry a meaningful message,” she said, “and showing how through creating and selling these products I can bring change and influence the lives of people in countries in Central America where it is needed.”

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