Interior decorator, furniture and fabric designer, gardener, author, lecturer, and philanthropist, Charlotte Moss wears many hats, but one close to her heart is her involvement with the IBU Movement.  Based in Charleston, South Carolina, IBU Movement is an organization which partners with women around the world with the goal of disrupting poverty and fashioning change through the art of their hands.

In 2017, Susan Hull Walker, IBU’s founder and CEO asked Moss to design a fashion collection for the IBU Movement. Given her commitment to empowering women, Charlotte enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity. Drawing from rich cultural traditions in textiles: weaving, dyeing, embroidery skills practiced by women, Moss’s first collection celebrated these ancient crafts, reflecting her well-defined sartorial style and travels. “Not only was the result stunning, but the process was fun. What a learning experience to witness Charlotte’s design eye at work, her attention to detail, and her continuous fount of ideas spilling forth.” explains Walker.

For her second fashion collection, Moss worked closely with IBU artisan partners in Morrocco. Opting for warm desert tones and neutrals, the pieces are both timeless and versatile, but also reminiscent of the Moroccan desert where each item is hand sewn, embroidered, and buttoned in Ourika, Morocco.

On March 6th, IBU Movement is hosting A Night in the Medina in Charleston to celebrate the new collection with Moss.  The evening cocktail soirée will serve authentic Moroccan delicacies and delights as guests mingle in a medina-marketplace experience. Charlotte, along with IBU partner Nawal El Hariti, who has overseen production and Ibu Ambassador Meryanne Loum-Martin, will share their inspiration, process, and impactful experience creating this new collection in partnership with women artisans in Morocco.

IBU (meaning “woman of respect” in the Malay language of Indonesia) collaborates with female artisans in over 50 countries, providing living wages, and because of that, self-respect, a voice in their communities, and food for their families.

Please visit IBU Movement to learn more about the organization, event and collaborations.

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PRODUCED BY LESLIE NEWSOM RASCOE, MILIEU DESIGN DIRECTOR