Fashion Startup Supports Global Sustainable Employment

Chicago Native Collaborates with Artisans in Tanzania

Chicago, IL, August 28, 2014 --( Affashionado creates luxury handbags and employs Tanzanian women through a partnership with a Women’s Cooperative in Tanzania.

“It is my duty to be a voice for others who don’t have the same opportunities,” says founder Shana Thomas. “I am so fortunate to have. Using my art and my work to empower women in the developing world is really important to me.”

Next Spring, Affashionado will roll out its new line of handbags. Each purchase from, will include a handmade dust bag from Tanzania. This partnership will help the Tanzanian women provide food security, health expenses, and education expenses for their children.

Affashionado handbags are made in Chicago and combines contemporary design aesthetics with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.

About Affashionado
Shana Thomas, founder & owner of Affashionado, a luxury handbag and accessory label, has one goal in mind in her approach to fashion; to connect women in the developing world with sustainable employment opportunities. Since graduating from college in 2008, it became increasingly difficult to find a job the fashion industry. In 2011, Shana watched a video on YouTube about a major retailer that developed a trade program to help local artisans of Haiti stay employed after the devastation of the earthquake in 2010. Shana was inspired to start a fashion label and create a Social Mission initiative enabling skilled artisans to live a sustainable life and rise above poverty. For more information, visit
Shana Thomas