Born in 2008 as a personal pact between Farah Malik, a Pakistani Muslim, and Dana Arbib, a Libyan Jew, A PEACE TREATY creates employment for skilled artisans by effectively supporting their technique and craft while elevating their products to the level of high design for an exclusive and international fashion audience.
A PEACE TREATY was conceived while Arbib and Malik met in Rome and the two discovered that they shared both a love of high fashion and a desire to increase awareness of disappearing handmade traditions. Intermingling Arbib’s background in graphic, textile and product design with Malik’s history in human rights and training in ancient Roman gold-smithing, A PEACE TREATY designs cache, boutique-level artifacts for discerning fashion connoisseurs.
A PEACE TREATY travels globally and sets up intervention projects with local village artisans. The resulting collections of scarves and jewelry re-define and modernize ancient textile and metalsmithing techniques. Working with master producers in nine countries, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the US, the line injects life and trade into local economies and creates jobs for out-of-work artisans.
A PEACE TREATY has designed an exclusive line for Rugby Ralph Lauren and has been seen on shows like Gossip Girl and HBO's Girls as well an array of celebrities including Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. A PEACE TREATY was recently included in the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 3.0 Incubator Program.