Fashion Forward 2022 - Connecting Communities Across the Americas

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:

  • Tickets or a table at our annual gala - Fashion Forward – in New York City
  • Recognition of your staff the night-of and leading up to the event, to highlight their accomplishments in your field
  • Customized events that can include Lunch & Learns, trunk sales, or VIP receptions for your friends or staff

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.

HONOREES

Joan Solotar, Global Head of Private Wealth Solutions
María Cornejo, Designer and Founder Zero + Maria Cornejo

IN-KIND SPONSORS

Levi´s, Elevate Destinations, Away Travel

PAST EVENT SUPPORTERS

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).

PAST CORPORATE PARTNERS

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.

SPECIAL THANKS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jennifer Ali
Marta Bezoari
Ruth Álvarez-DeGolia
Maria Geenen
Melody Hart
Karae Lisle
Mark Swedlund
Megan Taylor Collins

FASHION ADVISORY BOARD

Denise Baca
Trish Barillas
Mark Donatiello
Muni Fry
Merrill Greene
Marilyn Harrison
Elisa Hay
Julie Koch-Beinke
Bonnie Mackay

Marie Mamone
Emily Mann
Kelly McCormick
Lisa Strapans
Mark Swedlund
Kelly Talamas
TJ Toce
Julie Verdugo
Ann Watson

STRATEGIC ADVISORY BOARD

José Antonio Ortega Carrero
Michael Arkes
Sindy Benavides
Rebecca Bill Chavez
Claudia Blanch
Romit Dey
Kate Hogan
Luciana Jabur
Luis Morales Valle

Kyle Muñoz
Amanda North
Helen Onbright
Carmen Sanchez
Isabel Serra Paiz
Jagtej Singh
Awinash Sinha
Thy Tran
Miguel Zepeda

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Cori Cunningham
Maria Geenen
Alison Long Poetsch
Megan Taylor Collins

SPECIAL PROJECTS COMMITTEE

Jennifer Ali
Nikki Breeland
Chloe Ko
Jacqueline Varela

SALES AND MARKETING COMMITTEE

Denise Baca
Mark Donatiello
Elisa Hay
Mark Swedlund
TJ Toce

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Marta Bezoari
Melody Hart
Natalia Karpov Palmer
Gustavo Marroquin

Artisans Sewing

THE IMPACT OF YOUR SUPPORT

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.