NEW YORK and ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bajalia, a unique jewelry and accessory brand, will join forces with leading interactive multichannel retailer HSN on March 8 to bring hand-crafted, international artisan designs to HSN customers.
CEO and founder Debbie Farah utilizes her design skills to provide business opportunities for disadvantaged women. She was inspired to create Bajalia by the rich cultural heritage and resilience of women worldwide. The name of the company embodies the legacy of Ms. Farah's grandfather, Elias Bajalia, a Palestinian emigrant who was an advocate of women's empowerment.
The launch of the Bajalia brand on HSN is a collaborative effort between for-profit and non-profit corporations. Through Bajalia, Ms. Farah has developed a worldwide network of social entrepreneurs to help create jobs for women in shelters designed to provide counseling, medical care, literacy and job training.
"To launch my collection, I wanted to select a partner that would allow me to bring to life the inspirational stories of the women behind the Bajalia brand -- and HSN is an ideal fit," said Debbie Farah. "I appreciate the opportunity to educate consumers about global women's issues and invite them to change the world while shopping the world."
"Debbie has curated a beautiful collection of unique jewelry and accessories, and we are excited to introduce the Bajalia brand to our customers," said John Bosco, Senior Vice President of Jewelry and Apparel for HSN. "Through our HSN Cares philanthropic efforts, we are committed to supporting the empowerment of women around the globe."
Drawing upon 28 years of experience in advertising, design and product development for major retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Bloomingdale's, Ms. Farah has developed and chosen an impressive assortment of beautifully crafted pieces to debut in March. Indigenous design elements include vibrant gemstones such as turquoise, coral, amber and lapis mixed with glass, paper and various gold and silver toned metals.
Women who have benefited from the support of Bajalia include:
Bahkt Nazira - Afghanistan: Facing scarce economic opportunities and safety concerns, Bahkt Nazira developed her own fashion line. She transitioned from being unemployed and uneducated in business to being the primary support for her family and a force of change in her community. She has now learned to speak English, runs her own company and helped her husband launch another business.
Asala - India: Asala is a 27-year-old entrepreneur who produces semi-precious stone jewelry. A homeless child, Asala was taught the craft of making stone jewelry by an artisan associated with Bajalia. Thanks to regular work and fair wages, in 2008 she was able to pay for and move into a small one-room kitchen flat. Today, she is the main wage earner for her family.
Moofees - India: Moofees is a 45-year-old skilled artisan living in Agra who develops samples and trains other artisans. Deserted by her husband nine years ago, she trained herself in embroidery, created her own business, and is now the sole provider for her two sons and five daughters. Two of her daughters are now receiving educational grants from a non-profit partner in India.
Shabnami - India: Shabnami is a 37-year-old mother of six children. Despite limited educational training, she has assisted her husband in overseeing the finances of his jewelry business and helped with the production of beaded jewelry by working with women in her neighborhood.
The Bajalia collection will feature a variety of styles and designs, ranging in price from $19.95 for oblong paper bead earrings to $199.95 for a silvertone glass bead horn necklace and earrings. Tune in to HSN on Tuesday, March 8 to see Debbie Farah debut this exciting new collection and share designer stories. For more information, please visit www.hsn.com.
About Bajalia International Group:
Headquartered in Winter Park, Florida Bajalia was founded in 2003 by Debbie Farah. Bajalia's mission is to alleviate poverty and empower low-income people around the world through trade, training and other forms of community development and marketing their products to bring about sustainable, empowering, change in their lives. Bajalia is a leader within the emerging social enterprise movement. Bajalia, through collaboration with its non-profit sister organization works intimately with its production network to help them manage their growing enterprises, hire and empower more women and focus on education, economic development and long-term sustainability.
Through its first retail location in Winter Park, Florida its web presence and its strategic distribution networks in the U.S. and Europe, Bajalia allows artisans to operate on a scale of production that they could not attain by themselves, marketing together globally. In doing so, the producers are empowered to replicate themselves and to bring transformation to their communities. Bajalia's collaborative partners globally include US AID, BPeace (Business Council for Peace), Aid to Artisans, SEWA, India, Export Promotion Council for Handcrafts (EPCH), India and Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College. For more information visit www.bajalia.com
Headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, HSN is a leading interactive multichannel retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates experts, entertainment, inspiration, solutions, tips and ideas to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty (e.g. Mary J. Blige's My Life, Carol's Daughter, Coty, Elizabeth Arden, FusionBeauty, Andrew Lessman's Procaps, Lancaster, Lancome, Perlier, PRAI Beauty, Serious Skin Care, Andre Walker, Wei East, ybf Beauty); Jewelry (e.g. AKKAD, Joan Boyce, Heidi Daus, Grayce by Molly Sims, R.J. Graziano, IMAN Global Chic, , Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie, , Amedeo Scognamiglio, Tori Spelling, Hutton Wilkinson, Serena Williams Signature Statement, Gerard Yosca); Home/Lifestyle (e.g. Jeffrey Banks, Nate Berkus, Bissell, Colin Cowie, Dyson, Todd English, GreenPan with Thermolon, Emeril Lagasse, Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler, Joy Mangano, MoMA Design Store, Carleton Varney, Hutton Wilkinson, Wolfgang Puck); Fashion/Accessories (e.g. Reem by Reem Acra, American Glamour Badgley Mischka, Completely Me by Liz Lange, Curations with Stefani Greenfield, DKNYC, Libby Edelman, Sam Edelman, Chi by Carlos Falchi, Diane Gilman, "Timeless" by Naeem Khan, Adrienne Landau, Twiggy LONDON); and Electronics (e.g. Acer, Canon, Fuji, Garmin, Gateway, GE, HP, JVC, Kodak, LG, Samsung, Sony).
A leader in transactional innovation, HSN is the only retailer offering live streaming video on three screens: TV network, which broadcasts live to 95 million households in the US in HD 24/7; hsn.com, which ranks in the top 30 of the top 500 internet retailers and features 15,000 product videos; and mobile via its iPhone application. HSN, founded 33 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI).