Mercado Global, a nonprofit organization and accessories brand based in Brooklyn that empowers rural Latin American women to become entrepreneurs, will honor jewelry designer Pamela Love at its annual Mercado Global Celebration tonight, which will be held at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City.
Love will receive the 2017 Fashion Forward Visionary Award at the event, which in the past has drawn business leaders, philanthropists, and major retail players to celebrate Mercado Global’s work to empower women and promote ethical practices in the fashion industry.
Love, who began making jewelry in her Brooklyn apartment in 2007 and has since grown her company into the ultimate cool-girl jewelry brand, is committed to sustainability and localized production whenever possible. Most styles in the collection are made in either NYC or Los Angeles, and the brand vets overseas partners for good corporate citizenship.
The brand has also created a full production facility and design studio in NYC’s Garment District, which has had its own struggles in recent years.
But Love is quick to say that no one is perfect when it comes to upholding ethical and sustainable standards, noting, “We’re all just doing the best we can.”
Love says she hopes brands, “will try to source materials responsibly, recycling whenever possible, make sure the stones are coming from responsible sources, and make sure we’re working with partners who are ethical and responsible to their miners and environments.”
The designer has partnered on collections with Mercado Global in the past, and says being honored with the award “is super special to me.”
She added, “I love working with Mercado Global and really admire what they’re doing. I want to be a part of what they’re doing and create more opportunities for the women they work with.”
(Photo of Pamela Love courtesy of Pamela Love)