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Andrea A., Founder

Andrea A., Femme Faire, Founder

Ontario

A passion for travel, curiosity about the world and motherhood inspired Andrea to create a business and movement that would support women and empower her daughter. Andrea is the Founder of Femme Faire where products are ethically made and dedicated to creating and curating quality handmade fashion. Femme Faire donates to local women shelters and has partnered with incredible newcomer women who have sought refuge in Canada. This collaboration has created the very first Canadian made Femme Faire product.

Where did the inspiration for your business stem from?

The inspiration for Femme Faire started while travelling with my then 6-month-old daughter throughout Costa Rica. I’ve always had a fundamental need to feel connected to the world, its people and their stories in a meaningful way. After having my daughter, I was overcome by a deep-rooted need to empower her and support women in my community and globally and ultimately to model this for her. Femme Faire started as a passion project and I am proud to say it’s growing everyday into so much more. I am so grateful that women are relating to Femme Faire, the stories and products we share.

What is the best part of what you do and why?

Femme Faire allows me to learn, cultivate relationships, be creative and empower. For all of this, I’m grateful. I am especially proud of our collection of headbands which are Handmade in Canada by incredibly strong Newcomer Female Refugees. This project is Femme Faire to the core.

What did you wonder about when you were growing up?

I wondered about the big world, the furthest parts that I couldn’t see. I wondered how people lived, what they ate, what they wore and would I one day be fortunate enough to go there.

I wondered about the big world, the furthest parts that I couldn’t see. I wondered how people lived, what they ate, what they wore, and would I one day be fortunate enough to go there.

Andrea A., Femme Faire, Founder

Ontario

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

Surround yourself with like-minded people. Be open and say yes!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an entrepreneur?

Finding a balance between working my butt off to create Femme Faire and be a good mom, partner and friend.

Why is community important to you?

Community is what built Femme Faire. It’s integral to ethical and sustainable businesses like Femme Faire. I wholeheartedly believe that we are a sisterhood that motivate, support and care for one another at every turn. This is a love that you can not only feel in local communities but worldwide.