A Model's Perspective

A Model's Perspective

"As an experienced runway and print model for the last 20 years, it was an amazing opportunity to combine my faith and modeling skills to assist such a wonderful mission. I was introduced to BraveWorks years ago through a ladies event at Church. Their table was full of beautiful sparkling long beaded necklaces, vibrant colors, and fun home decor. I started to follow the organization and appreciated the quality and of each piece. In 2022, a dear friend connected me with Beth to model for Brave Works upcoming fall collection. I was excited for the opportunity to bring together fashion with a purpose. Beth and her team welcomed me with such sweet open arms. During the shoot, I was able to learn about the artisans and how each piece was providing for them and their community.

At the start of each shoot we always gather in prayer and have such a wonderful time showcasing each piece. It is always such a joy getting to work with Beth and the BraveWorks staff. I have made wonderful friendships with the other models connecting with our love for the Lord being the foundation.

When I wear BraveWorks I am thrilled to share the mission and story of the organization when friends inevitably ask about the item and where it’s from. Buying from BraveWorks and modeling helps me become part of that story furthering the mission of such an impactful organization" said English Reavis.

About Our Summer Collection

Image of English Reavis (above) was taken by a talented photographer Amanda Ranee in Charlotte NC featuring items from ouinaugural beach-themed Summer Collection. In this 2023 Summer Collection we have our first ever versatile sundress, sunhats and hand-sewn sarongs that can be wrapped in many different ways. 

These designs are not only fabulous, as you can see on English and our other models, Mia, Amanda, Abigail, but also empower women in the US and Rwanda.

By adding new products to our shop we're helping our artisans learn more than one craft and helping them gain confidence through the new inspired creations.
Every time we expand our products, we are also expanding the skills for our beloved artisans. They learn new patterns and new ways to weave products that we know you will love. This skill develop empowers our artisans and continues the important work of building their self-esteem, helping them know they are capable and worthy. They are paid a fair wage upfront, helping them gain access to the economic ladder.  Your purchase of these beautiful products makes their hearts soar, and ours too! 

Our team, including Executive Director Beth Bell and Designer Mary Liz McDowell Verma hand-selected the sarong fabrics from our partners in New York. The fabrics are made in the US and Europe, and are also used in versatile scarves that can be used to add flair to your favorite summer bag, tied around your neck to dress up your favorite t-shirt, or tied around your ponytail. The sarongs are one-size fits most and can be tied short or long and also tied as a fun halter dress cover up as shown by English.
Beth and her travel companion Abigail Cancelliere of Harlin House Atlanta worked with artisans in a tiny village about 90 km outside Kigali to craft our useful market tote and summer bags that are perfect for a day at the beach or a casual summer outing.  

Beth and Abigail worked with their partner Pacific in Kigali as well as artisans at the Caplaki markets to make the adorable sunhat. We love tying one of our beautiful Peruvian belts around the rim as a fun accent.  The hats really complete our inaugural summer launch and we know you will look fabulous while also protecting your skin!  You can wear all of these items knowing that you are making a tremendous impact in the lives of women overcoming trauma and injustice. Thank you for your support of our beautiful artisans!  


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