Huma Adnan's sustainability-driven vision continues to make nation proud
Posted by HUMA ADNAN
Acclaimed Pakistani designer Huma Adnan has left an indelible mark through her extraordinary humanitarian efforts and visionary fashion creations. She made history by opening her flagship store in California's Valley Fair Mall in 2010, becoming the first designer to establish a presence there. Driven by a deep commitment to sustainability and empowerment, Huma launched Craft Stories, a platform that celebrates the talents of Afghan refugee artisans in Karachi and women from Pakistan's Ghizer Valley. Through her livelihood collaboration with the UNHCR, Huma personally mentors and uplifts these artisans, providing them with sustainable incomes and fostering self-sufficiency.
Huma's influence extends globally, with frequent invitations to esteemed events such as the Developments in Literacy Foundation, APPNA, and the Irvine Pakistan Parents Association. As a Pakistani board member of CalPak Education Services, Huma actively advocates for education and women's empowerment. She is also a member of the American Muslim & Multifaith Women's Empowerment Council (AMMWEC). Huma has consequently been lauded by many esteemed individuals, such as Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chief of Police LAPD Charlie Beck, and Members of Congress Ed Royce and Judy Chu.
In addition to her remarkable achievements, Huma has been nominated for prestigious awards like the Lux Style Awards and Ladies Funds-Women's Achiever Awards. She is also a sought-after speaker and participant in international conferences and trade shows, where she shares her inspiring journey as a designer and activist. Most notably, in 2023, Huma had the honor of speaking at the WHO's Next League Paris on "Inclusion of Women in Creation" in collaboration with the 'Fédération Française du Prêt à Porter Féminin.'
Huma also participated in the IMPACT - Who's Next Paris event, where she showcased handcrafted sustainable jewelry and shared glimpses of the talented artisans from the mountains, who revitalize their indigenous crafts passed down through generations. Her efforts in preserving endangered crafts and empowering underprivileged artisans are truly commendable. Her dedication to sustainable fashion and jewelry was also highlighted in a successful show at the Fondation Cherquei in Paris, attended by both the French and Pakistani communities. Notably, Ms. Camellia Galley, the wife of the French Ambassador to Pakistan, was also present. Additionally, Huma attended the International Religious Freedom Summit (IRF Summit), hosted in Washington DC, further emphasizing her involvement in global discussions and her dedication to creating positive change.
In the recent past, Huma helmed a workshop titled "Compassionate Jewellery" at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in South Kensington. This unique event, which was scheduled for Monday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 20, 2023, invited participants of all skill levels to explore their creativity and express compassion through the art of crafting exquisite jewellery pieces. The workshop provided an ideal environment for participants to explore their creative potential while reflecting on the experiences and stories of refugees. Regardless of their skill level, attendees had the opportunity to learn from Huma herself, benefiting from her vast expertise
Huma's illustrious career exemplifies her unwavering commitment to humanitarianism, sustainability, and promoting Pakistan's rich cultural heritage. Her tireless efforts in uplifting marginalized communities, empowering women, and preserving traditional craftsmanship have not only made a significant impact but also served as an inspiration to countless individuals worldwide. Through her work, Huma is rewriting the narrative of the industry, showing that fashion can be a powerful tool for positive change.