VOZ (meaning voice” in Spanish) is an ethical luxury fashion company whose mission is to protect the livelihoods, well-being, and cultural values of rural indigenous women globally, honoring and empowering artisans creatively, economically and culturally through a collaborative business model that showcases, preserves, and supports traditional art forms.
VOZ works in collaboration with politically and economically marginalized women to create beautiful fashion collections and to provide design leadership, training, and opportunity for indigenous women in the rural regions where they reside. The primary rural artisan education center is located in Temuco, Chile and supports Mapuche artisans. TODAY Operations also include Puno artisans in Peru, and Tangail weavers in India. Join Voz in their mission to create opportunities for indigenous artisan communities around the world.
Jasmine Aarons, a Product Design Engineer from Stanford, spent years working with indigenous artisans in South America with a Haas Fellowship. She consulted Fair Trade foundations for two years in design, production, and commercialization. She pioneered a d.school-styled collaborative design model with Mapuche weavers, where designers and artisans co-create marketable products. Today she directs VOZ' international business strategy and design vision.