Faizun Kamal

 

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Faizun Kamal

Founder, sourceFK

 

sourceFK is...

Addressing poverty by partnering directly with Asian women artisans, primarily Bangladeshi, and connecting them to global markets. We provide skills training as well as literacy in basic financials, nutrition and health.

 

OUR DESIGNS ARE BASED ON…

Two fabrics that have been in Asia for centuries — the Benarasi (silk) and the Jamdani (cotton). Working on a loom, artisans hand-weave intricate patterns onto buttery-soft fabrics.

 

OUR INSPIRATION COMES FROM…

Life teeming around us, from the riot of colors at sprawling open-air bazaars to the hundreds of sari shops across Dhaka to paintings of Mughal empresses.

 

WE CREATE SUSTAINABILITY BY…

1. Sourcing for good — carrying on centuries-old weaving traditions to elevate the next generation of craftspeople.

2. Sourcing responsibly — by using only hand looms. With no carbon footprint, our artisans are creating a green supply chain.

3. Sourcing locally to transform globally — through fair wages, we promote economic prosperity in communities across the country.

 

WHEN STARTING A BUSINESS YOU MUST...

Believe in your product and your value proposition. Once you do, all else falls into place.

 

THE BEST BUSINESS ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS...

Begin! Beginnings have magic and boldness.

 

I HOPE TO...

Build sourceFK into a global socially-conscious brand — one that reflects a new vision of luxury that involves human hands (not technology), respect for the environment and decency in employment.