SIMBI is a high quality, handcrafted accessory & fashion line recognized for it’s bohemian, beach and surf style as it is for purifying water and transforming the every day lives of Haitian people. The perfect every day accessories, SIMBIS are popular across multiple generations, appealing to young teens, Millenials, Gen Xers and ’trendy’ Baby Boomers. Their handmade process ensures that each piece is unique, just like the person who wears it.
Buying Simbi accessories is more than a fashion statement. It’s a statement of your belief in clean water, saving lives and creating jobs for people less fortunate than you.
Stylish trend-setters today know that fashion is just one part of the equation when it comes to total style. Being socially conscious by giving back to a cause that is bigger than one self, all while purchasing items that speak to their deeper sense of style, is the essence of today’s cool for a cause movement. Handmade in Haiti, our low cost high-margin fashion accessories are one-of-a-kind wearable art that is non-gender specific.
Everything from conception, manufacturing and sales is done from Haiti. What makes us special is that our main objective is to elevate Haiti’s reputation. We want to change that and not only show the world what Haiti has to offer, but bring sustainable jobs and help those in need at the same time. We don’t see ourselves as a charity, but as an ethical enterprise ready to help and support our community.
The Simbi accessory collection began as an innovative fashion hair accessory. It is a bracelet you can wear it on your wrist, or use to tie up your hair. It won’t bend, break, rip, or crease your hair. It was conceived in an effort to raise funds quickly to help with water filtration in Haiti after the Cholera epidemic. Each bracelet sold keeps Haitians employed and helps in our efforts to bring clean water to Haiti. Clean water is our answer to save lives, improve lives, and empower lives and will hopefully eradicate the cholera outbreak that surfaced in Haiti 3 years ago.
Simbi apparel collection is intended to make the consumer feel luxurious and comfortable in their clothes by using high quality linen and lightweight cotton. It is for adults of all ages who want to enjoy wearing an elegant yet well-crafted piece of clothing to lounge at home, on the beach, or on a hot summer day grilling in their back yard.
Many pieces are carefully hand-embroidered with 17th century techniques by the women of Haiti.
The clothing pieces are sent uncut to a community called “La Vallée de Jacmel” which lies near the southern coastal town of Jacmel. Over 100 years ago a congregation of catholic nuns from Belgium introduced this embroidery to the community. Today it is embedded as a proud tradition that is being passed from generation to generation. Lori, our co-founder, had a grandmother who was from Jacmel and introduced Lori to the embroidery of “La Vallée”. Together Lori and Birgit vowed to help that high quality craft survive and be recognized beyond borders.
The Simbi collections are conceived, designed, cut, sewn, and proudly handcrafted in Haiti in an effort to bring jobs, and improve and empower lives of the women of Haiti.