Giving Back | A Few Moments with Morgane Sézalory of Sézane
We hope that everyone had a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving. Perhaps today you are staying home and relaxing (shaking off that food coma?) or being courageous and hitting up stores for the holiday season ahead—one that is about sending time with loved ones and giving. Speaking of, we have officially entered the holiday season and with that, we love seeing brands that pay it forward. This season, Sézane, has partnered with Pencils of Promise to give back this holiday season. We caught up with the brand’s founder, Morgane Sézalory on DEMAIN their charitable donation doing good.
Congratulations on five years of Sézane! Why was enacting DEMAIN, the charitable arm of your company so important to you?
This program is so important to me and it's something I have been thinking about for a long time. It means a lot to me to be able to give a little of what I’ve been blessed with to help children that are unfairly disadvantaged.
The company has a view initiatives including the ‘solidarity’ product and the ‘Call of 21st’. Can you tell us more about each?
In order to raise money for DEMAIN for a long-term period we decided to have a new design launch every month! All the profits of these products go to DEMAIN. The ‘call of the 21st’ is a reminder each month to our customer about the DEMAIN project! It is the day we launch every new design for our solidarity products and every 21st, 10% of the sales of the day are donated to the projects supported by DEMAIN.
Tell us more about your decision to partner with Pencils of Promise?
We really wanted to partner with an association based in the USA. With DEMAIN we want to be able to support several projects globally at once. Our first meeting with Pencils of Promise was evidence that they were a perfect match for DEMAIN. The amazing work they’ve done for children in Ghana, Laos and Guatemala was a big reason why we chose to partner with them and we hope to aid them in their goal for sustainable social change.
Have you been or plan on visiting any of the schools where PoP operates, like in Ghana, Guatemala or Laos?
I would love to discover those countries soon. It’s something my team and I feel very passionate about doing in 2019.
Talk to us about the design of the DEMAIN t-shirt, what inspired it?
The DEMAIN t-shirt was a way for us to tell people that « Demain (tomorrow) begins today! We wanted it to be really « feel good » with all the light and fun colors that remind people that this is a project helping children! The t-shirt we are doing for November with Pencils of Promise is the T-shirt « Promise » with it’s little rainbow.. a hope for a better tomorrow!
In America, we just celebrated Thanksgiving, the time of year where you give thanks. What are you grateful for?
I am grateful for so many things! I am grateful for our customers following us and helping us with every action to make a difference for DEMAIN. I am also grateful for my loving family and to see my two little girls discovering the world and being more and more curious about life. I am grateful to feel free and to feel love.
Images courtesy of Sézane