I was in Rabat last week at the Fondation Orient-Occident founded by our remarkable friend Yasmina Filali. Over 500 refugees, who have fled Iraq, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Ivory Coast and the Congo, find purpose for their new lives in the Fondation’s welcoming building. On their long journey to Morocco, during months and years, they would wake up to a day of uncertainty, with miles to walk from civil unrest, abuse, rape and no future. People from these very diverse places have a space to cook, embroider, learn, play, sew, sing and perpetuate the creativity that is in their veins, spirits and souls. The Fondation allows them to have a social life, recreate a community and cling to hope for their culture.
Stefani Greenberg and Desirée Gruber, the founders of Theodora and Callum, the very cool fashion company, were recently visiting Marrakech on what they called “a voyage of inspiration.” I was honoured to be asked by their public relations company to organise a dinner where they could meet creative locals. From the fields of architecture, fashion, furniture, interiors and jewellery, I assembled a dozen Marrakech-based designers to meet with these brilliant and achieved New Yorkers.
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