We saw a Fair Trade organization at SHP earlier, today I bring you another, headed by a dynamic young entrepreneur. At 25, after 6 years of specializing in woven textiles in India and the UK, Rohina Anand returned home to launch AA Living.
While studying at the University of Leeds, Rohina wrote her dissertation on the cruelties of leather and the possible of modern alternatives. AA Living originated from this quest for cruelty-free alternatives to traditional materials.
AA Living positions itself in the 'ethical retailing' space, specializing in Cruelty Free products. Rohina launched the store during recession in a market already filled with price-conscious Indians. However, Rohina strives to surmount this by constantly introducing new product lines like a special yarn which retains the luster and lush texture of silk and is machine washable to boot! Or an antique leather finish on a range of wooden products.
“I’m not expecting a revolution against animal skin, but the focus and promise of new-age alternatives should be given a chance in India, especially with regard to its clear cut advantage of price, ethical standpoints and sustainability", concludes Rohina.
Head here to shop online or to get details of their store in Mumbai. You can also check out AA Living's Facebook page for updates and more photos.
SHP readers, to avail a 10% discount on AA Living's products, please print out this coupon before heading to the store.