When our CEO Grace A. Capobianco heard about the positive aid coming from the Senhoa Jewelry 2017 launch, designed by Cristen Barker and Kimmy Hise (ChinTwins) with one mission in mind, sharing a common goal from the Senhoa brand’s  undertaking. This very important mission to help and protect women, and to combat human trafficking, a mission to stay-off the exploitation of women and children in Cambodia, we knew we had to bring this important message to our readers. 

“Woman” – we are stronger together we can and will overcome anything put in our way” Grace A. Capobianco

Senhoa is thrilled to launch its latest women’s jewelry collection designed by yoga-influencers Cristen Barker and Kimmy Hise, ChinTwins. Sales from the 2017 Clarity Collection will help provide safe employment to survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia.Senhoa provides assistance, education, training and opportunities to women and girls who are at-risk or have survived human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Cambodia. Each artisan individually handcrafts every piece of jewelry and 100 percent of the sales goes towards funding Senhoa’s early intervention initiatives. The programs we execute give women and girls income opportunities, life skills, and support platforms that protect them from being vulnerable in the current climate of modern slavery – a hot button issue around the world.

The new Clarity Collection by the ChinTwins has a simple yet elegant aesthetic with delicate chains and hints of Swarovski crystals. The line features versatile body jewelry, unique earrings and a drop necklace, as well as two scented wood yoga-inspired pieces, a bracelet and Mala necklace.

The Collection speaks to the mind,body and spirit with an intention to empower the women of Cambodia who create each piece, to enrich their children with hope and emancipate them from the hardships they face. The campaign was curated and photographed by famed photographer and long time Senhoa champion Nigel Barker who shares his thoughts on the organization and new collection. “Ever since I first heard of Senhoa’s mission photographing supermodel Coco Rocha’s collection for the brand, I knew my wife and sister-in-law would be a perfect fit. I observed how hard they worked on the collection, pouring their heart and soul into every detail, and this inspired me personally to help bring it to life in a unique and powerful way. Love and humility is at the center of the ChinTwins mantra. And despite their modest demeanor, trust me when I say I have never met two more empowered women, which is perfectly in line with the Senhoa philosophy.”

 

“We have long admired the important work that Senhoa continues to do to combat human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children in Cambodia. While it’s always been a dream to create a jewelry collection inspired by the graceful lines found in Yoga, what could be better than to know we can give back at the same time? Our 8-piece collection launching this Fall is for all women who want to show the world that they proudly stand against the abuse of women in any situation. We want to create pieces that move and compliment the body highlighting its curves and edges. Each piece has a lightness and sparkle to it and meaning behind it to transform you.

The Clarity Collection speaks to the collaboration between the artisans and us; and we are excited to see how they will handcraft each piece to bring our designs to life. It is a union of women helping other women to find their voice, to discover their path and to ignite their inner light,” states designers Crissy and Kimmy. “Our passion is to create opportunities for survivor artisans to earn an income, share their stories and raise awareness against modern slavery. The unique jewelry is another form of advocacy for the issue,” adds Lisa T.D. NguyenFounder of Senhoa Foundation. Nguyen went on to say, “We loved working with Crissy and Kimmy. They are both incredible mothers and beautiful women, inside and out.”

ABOUT SENHOA- Senhoa (pronounced “suh-no-a”) is a combination of two Vietnamese words – “Sen” (lotus) and “Hoa”(flower). A lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with breathtaking beauty, untouched by its impure surroundings. It is against this precise imagery that “Senhoa” was conceptualized to represent women and children, vulnerable to sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.

Senhoa’s mission is to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation through empowerment, advocacy and prevention programs. The Senhoa brand provides safe and dignified employment for at-risk women and survivor artisans. By purchasing and wearing the jewelry, consumers raise awareness against modern slavery. 100 percent of profits from the Senhoa social business supports education and early intervention initiatives to protect and strengthen underprivileged communities. For more information, please visit senhoa.org.

 

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Grace Capobianco, CEO/Publisher of Downtown Media & Production was born to be a visionary. She has spent the majority of her life working, developing and marketing innovative media products that not only engage and inform but also bring entire communities together. Utilizing her personal vision as a professional guide, Grace started her first company, Tropical Publishing, when she was just 27 years old and from this moment on, she knew that entrepreneurship was her passion. On a perpetual quest to bring innovative and relevant news to communities, she also created, developed and published the first ever Chamber of Commerce magazine for the Palm Beaches, The South Florida Office Guide. Evolving within the realm of publishing, she moved on to launch Up The Coast magazine in the 1980’s, a guide to Jupiter, in north Florida, where the population aggrandized from 9,000 to more than 70,000 today, and then continued to hone in on niche markets with the launch of publications like Alternative Medicine and NewBeauty. Simultaneously, she launched ATSI, a telecommunications company, which sold Mitel and Siemens products to her publishing clients. The idea of Downtown Magazine NYC was born for Grace in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. A Lower Manhattan resident at this time, Grace saw firsthand the incredible sense of community the neighborhood had demonstrated during these trying times, as well as its immense strength and perseverance. She explored every angle of launching a magazine that would speak to this community but initially felt the timing was just too soon. It wasn’t until 2010 that Grace felt the community was ready to hear its voice and launched Downtown Magazine NYC.