The Simbi accessory collection began as an innovative fashion hair accessory. It has since evolved and now includes other accessories including bracelets. It is a bracelet you can wear it on your wrist, or use to tie up your hair. It won’t bend, break, rip, or crease your hair. It was conceived in an effort to raise funds quickly to help with water filtration in Haiti after the Cholera epidemic. Each bracelet sold keeps Haitians employed and helps in our efforts to bring clean water to Haiti. Clean water is our answer to save lives, improve lives, and empower lives and will hopefully eradicate the cholera outbreak that surfaced in Haiti 3 years ago. Simbi apparel collection is intended to make the consumer feel luxurious and comfortable in their clothes by using high quality linen and lightweight cotton. It is for adults of all ages who want to enjoy wearing an elegant yet well-crafted piece of clothing to lounge at home, on the beach, or on a hot summer day grilling in their back yard.
Many pieces are carefully hand-embroidered with 17th century techniques by the women of Haiti. The clothing pieces are sent uncut to a community called “La Vallée de Jacmel” which lies near the southern coastal town of Jacmel. Over 100 years ago a congregation of catholic nuns from Belgium introduced this embroidery to the community.
Today it is embedded as a proud tradition that is being passed from generation to generation. Lori, our co-founder, had a grandmother who was from Jacmel and introduced Lori to the embroidery of “La Vallée”. Together Lori and Birgit vowed to help that high quality craft survive and be recognized beyond borders.
The Simbi collections are conceived, designed, cut, sewn, and proudly handcrafted in Haiti in an effort to bring jobs, and improve and empower lives of the women of Haiti.