Friday, February 12, 2010

Beirut designer brings prisoners' handbags to Paris catwalks


By Olivia Sterns for CNN

February 4, 2010 2:17 p.m. EST

London, England (CNN) -- In the prisons of Lebanon, women are turning their attention to fashion and stitching their way to a brighter future.
They're part of a program run by Sarah's Bags, a Beirut-based label that employs convicts and the recently-released to sew and embroider handbags, by hand. Read more
Lebanese fashion label Sarah's Bags has had huge success employing female prisoners to sew and embroider accessories.
Lebanese fashion label Sarah's Bags has had huge success employing female prisoners to sew and embroider accessories.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Former prisoners stitch their way to a brighter future in Lebanon
  • Sarah's Bags gives inmates income and a second chance
  • Sarah Beydoun is building her brand abroad, branching out in European markets`

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