That’s what came to our minds when we saw Dress Abstract’s printed scarves and body scarves for women. Helmed by the artist Nima Veiseh, each lightweight scarf is patterned after an artwork of Veiseh or some of his fellow contemporary artists. Talk about literally wearing art!
But more than their artistic merits, Veiseh operates on a sustainable business model that aims to help people in need of livelihood opportunities. While Dress Abstract’s products are made in the USA, Veiseh and his team source their materials from various parts of the world, and in the process, make sure that they are working with vendors who support refugees, immigrants, and even people who were displaced from their homes.
“I have been lucky to have the opportunity to showcase my work internationally but I thought there was a way to empower other artists to bring their work to the public eye, while helping out artists who have been displaced from their previous homelands,” says Veiseh. “By giving them (refugees, immigrants, displaced people) fair employment, they have the opportunity to practice their own creative passions and art while supporting their communities and creating things that everyone can enjoy.”
As fashion becomes more socially conscious (it’s not just a Christmas thing, folks), Veiseh says that reception has been good for Dress Abstract, from both the perspectives of retailers and consumers. Apparently, both want good quality products that allow them to help others live a better life, too.