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Jewelry, clothing trunk shows at Balliets

Two trunk shows – Ashley Pittman jewelry and PAIGE denim and apparel – are planned today and Thursday at Balliets at Classen Curve.

Pittman’s jewelry is handcrafted in Kenya by artisans and backyard groups using materials indigenous to Kenya. Each piece is made by hand. Every piece is one-of-a-kind. Every piece is a little different. Unique.

The horn is sourced from Kenyan Ankole cows, a food source for the villages. The horn varies from dark, to black-brown to marbled tan and white.  The jewelry is made in rudimentary ways, with hammers and tools that seem unlikely for making such beautiful pieces.

Pittman’s jewelry is as special as her story. She never imagined herself a designer. She got her start in finance. In 2006 she volunteered for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Foundation in Rwanda. She found a connection, a calling. Today, the artisans she works with are provided fair wages, expansion opportunities and business training. Her Ashley Pittman Foundation builds classrooms, pays teacher salaries and helps children have a positive primary school experience.

Ten percent of all profits help fund the Kamboo Dispensary and Kathiani Primary School in an area of Kenya hard-hit by prolonged drought.

At PAIGE, founder and creative director Paige Adams-Geller went from working as a top fit model in the industry to launching her namesake collection in 2004. Her denim quickly became must-haves for consumers, fashion editors and celebrities.

As the only female founder in the denim industry, she continues to challenge convention and bring her spirit and chic sensibility to every collection. And she has taken the company way beyond denim.

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