Meet Abi Ferrin!
Abi Ferrin is a fashion designer, humanitarian, a woman who uses her “cents” to ignite awareness in global issues and define what that success means to her… oh and did I mention that she is our November Woman to Watch (#w2w). She defines success as “a moving target”, explains Ferrin in an email interview with She Makes Cents. ABI FERRIN, the company, is the versatile and sophisticated fashion brand that offers easy-to-care-for fabrics providing a chic solution for women of all ages and body types; remember the 5- Way Nikki Dress? Each of her Made in the U.S.A. garments feature hand-crafted adornments made by women rescued from the sex trade and other forms of abusive employment in Nepal and Cambodia. Ferrin adds, “My idea of what [success] is always moves ahead, so I can never seem to quite feel like I am there yet. Ten years ago the company I have created today would be a huge success in my mind, but now that I am here I have so much more I want to do! I think being successful is an ongoing project, measured by reaching certain benchmarks along the way. If you can see that you are impacting people’s lives in a positive way as a result of your daily existence and making a difference in this world, then you are successful”. Yes, there are plenty of successful women to watch in business, but it is Ferrin’s impact on others that I find compelling.
About the Freedom Project
The Freedom Project is the branch of Ferrin’s business that focuses on giving back by incorporating vendor businesses that are created for and by marginalized people. For example, all of the buttons and most accessories are from Sak Saum in Cambodia, which rescues, restores and rehabilitates trafficked people. These people then become a part of the Sak Saum business once they are healthy, and as a vendor she gets to be a part of supporting their ongoing success and empowerment through their own efforts and responsibility! Ferrin explains, “Freedom is the most important thing to me. I knew I wanted my fashion company to have substance that went past making people look good. I wanted to empower women to step up their daily style and feel good about themselves, while still living their lives”. Congrats Abi Ferrin for being our November Woman to Watch.
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