A PEACE TREATY IS AN EVOLVING COLLECTION AIMED AT CREATING ETHICALLY-PRODUCED, ARTISAN LEVEL ACCESSORIES AND APPAREL FOR THE LUXURY FASHION MARKETPLACE.
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 working in places of socio-political strife, effectively supporting their technique and craft while elevating their products to the level of high design for an exclusive and international fashion audience.
Inspired by the hand-crafting cultures of the Middle East, Asia, South America and Africa, A PEACE TREATY was conceived when Arbib and Malik met while living in Rome. The two discovered that they shared both a love of high fashion and a desire to increase awareness of ancient, disappearing crafting traditions. Intermingling Arbib’s humanitarian upbringing and her background in graphic, textile and product design with Malik’s history of developing multimedia marketing campaigns for social change and human rights as well as her training in ancient Roman jewelry and gold-smithing, they set about connecting discerning fashion connoisseurs with cache, boutique level artifacts from places typically seen only negatively through the media lens.
Each season, A PEACE TREATY travels to a particular region and seeks out local village artisans to re-define an accessory, designing limited edition pieces in style unique colorways. Each jewelry or scarf collection resuscitates ancient handmade textile and metalsmithing techniques that are at risk of extinction. Working with craftspeople in nine countries and injecting life and trade back into local economies, A PEACE TREATY employs artisans with above fair trade wages and invests in creating income generation opportunities for out-of-work artisans, disabled and widowed women. A PEACE TREATY artisan projects and partnerships are situated in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the US.
Since its inception 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 has also been strongly supported by celebrities that champion causes such as Claire Danes. The line has received awards, accolades and invitations from the White House and media outlets like Vogue and Good Magazine.