For nearly twenty years, Mercado Global has been a catalyst for positive change throughout rural Guatemala. Now, as we expand to new regions of Latin America to transform the lives of more Indigenous women through financial independence, we are bringing together our supporters, corporate partners, and international retailers to connect these communities across the Americas for this momentous milestone.
We invite you to be part of our signature Fashion Forward Gala, as we celebrate the incredible women who weave our designs – along with our partners and supporters – with opportunities to engage with our work, both virtually and in-person from December 2021 through June 2022.
Our team will work with Host Committee members and campaign supporters to customize benefits:
Sponsorship benefits can be tailored to meet your needs, whether you are an individual looking to make a difference with your friends and family, or a company searching for ways to engage and recognize your team’s achievements. Partnering with donors, companies, and artisans, we are reshaping the world to be more ethical, sustainable, and just – for all of us.
Padma Lakshmi (Emmy-nominated host and award-winning author), Nancy Fahmy (Managing Director at Bank of America), Jason McBriarty (Director of Worldwide Community Aﬀairs at Levi Strauss & Co.), Henry R. Muñoz III (designer and philanthropist), Mónica Ramírez (Founder of Justice for Migrant Women & featured on the 2021 TIME100 Next List), Kelly Rutherford (actress and Founder of Sovereign Collective), Pamela Love (jewelry designer), Mary Alice Stephenson (GLAM4GOOD Founder), Marina Larroudé (Co-Founder of Larroude), Kelly Talamas de Rilliet (Creative Director of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America), Alida Boer (model and Founder of MARIAS), Alexi Lubomirski (photographer and author), Alexis Bittar (jewelry designer), Sheila Harrington (President at Free People), Karla Martinez de Salas (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America), Gabriel Rivera-Barraza (CEO of GRB Communications), and PJ Pascual (fashion stylist and consultant).
Bank of America, Blackstone, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Free People, Levi’s®, LIM College, Owl Rock Capital Partners, PIMCO, Schutz, SOMOS Community Care, and Stitch Fix, among others.
Megan Taylor Collins
José Antonio Ortega Carrero
Rebecca Bill Chavez
Luis Morales Valle
Isabel Serra Paiz
Alison Long Poetsch
Megan Taylor Collins
Natalia Karpov Palmer
Your support of Fashion Forward will raise critical funding and awareness of the challenges Indigenous communities face in rural Guatemala. This event directly supports the women who are at the heart of all we do, along with thousands of their family members.
Thanks to the critical funding raised through Fashion Forward, we can offer the tools, training, and support, so that Indigenous women in rural Guatemala can become Mercado Global artisans. As one of the only sources of revenue in their communities right now, we provide them and their families with steady income, along with emergency supports like food and masks, to help keep them safe and healthy.
Supporting a nonprofit focused on women’s empowerment and ethical fashion demonstrates a commitment to worker’s rights around the world, at a time where critical social issues are at a tipping point. Partnering with donors, retailers, and artisans, we are reshaping the world to be more ethical, sustainable, and just – for all of us.