Fashion Designer Lagi Nadeau Partners with Heshima Kenya to Empower Refugee Women

Heshima Kenya is thrilled to announce a partnership with Chicago designer, Lagi Nadeau. Nadeau will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya with Heshima staff in late March of 2015 to mentor and design with the 40 women and girls of Heshima Kenya’s Maisha Collective. Together they will create and produce an exclusive handmade jewelry line. The collection will be a truly unique collaboration incorporating Nadeau’s modern style with Maisha’s vibrant hand dyed fabrics to create a one of a kind jewelry collection.

Lagi Nadeau is a recent Chicago Fashion Incubator alum designer and the winner of the 2014 Fashion Group International of Chicago's Rising Star Award in the women's apparel category and a designer whose distinct style utilizes luxurious fabrics to create sophisticated and feminine pieces. Ms. Nadeau has been featured in Marie Claire, WWD, Vogue Knitting, VIBE, and Refinery29, and  is one of six Designers-In-Residence with the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street. Nadeau came to Heshima last year, as a talented competitor in Heshima Kenya's Annual Fashion Challenge. In regards to the collaboration, Ms. Nadeau comments, “As a designer, I am deeply inspired by textiles and I was so impressed when I first saw the work of the women and girls of Heshima Kenya’s Maisha Collective. I love everything that Heshima Kenya stands for and this partnership is very special to me, I am truly grateful for this collaboration.”

Alisa Roadcup, Executive Director of Heshima Kenya, welcomes this collaboration with Lagi Nadeau saying,  “Nadeau’s brand represents the same values as upheld by The Maisha Collective; namely, a fierce commitment to designing exceptionally beautiful products that empower and inspire women and girls around the world.”

This limited-edition line, named Lagi Nadeau for Heshima Kenya is set to launch on April 15th, 2015 and will be available for wholesale and retail purchase online at Etsy and at