Dear IN Exchange Family,
After a wonderful 5.5 years on Tulane’s campus, IN Exchange is closing its doors and transitioning into a new model. We will no longer have a retail location, but you will be able to find us throughout the city at various pop-up stores, trunk shows and festivals. To follow us check our Facebook page. We will still remain as a non-profit organization with the same mission: 1) supporting local and global artists through the sale of fair trade products and 2) educating consumers about fair trade and local artists.
I would like to thank all Tulane students, faculty and friends for their amazing support throughout the years. I have heard numerous customers say they are sad to see us leave and we will also miss you! IN Exchange has been a valuable resource as both an educational tool and a great gift store on campus.
I’d like to give a shout out and thank you to our founder Erica Trani. With determination and passion, she was the leader behind the beginnings of this great organization.
As for myself, I am stepping down from my position in order to pursue a new venture, my own wholesale fair trade clothing line that supports the economies of India and the U.S. through fair wages and employment opportunities for underserved individuals especially for women. Given my design background, I am excited to work on my own stylish, high quality and affordable dresses. My visit to India last summer inspired me to incorporate the colorful hand-block prints with Western fashion trends in order to create a unique look that is globally appealing.
IN Exchange is very lucky to have the local jewelry designer, Suzannah Murray of Lark and Lotus Jewelry, begin as the new director in April. Suzannah has first-hand experience with fair trade from teaching jewelry making to a women's jewelry cooperative in Lugazi, Uganda. Suzannah's start in jewelry design began while studying abroad in Niamey, Niger, There she apprenticed with a Tuareg silversmith, and fell in love with the art form. After graduating from NYU with a degree in Anthropology and French, she obtained her Graduate Jeweler Certification from the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco in 2006. Since 2006, Suzannah has been living and designing in New Orleans, which serves as a constant source of inspiration for her work.
Thanks again to everyone and I hope to stay in touch! I will still have the same email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of IN Exchange until March 31stRead More