Amanda Laird Cherry and Lisa Thompson first met in 2015 and quickly bonded over the importance of positive community impact and social justice. They shared a similar aesthetic and love for culture, sports & travel, shared a deep connection for South Africa and an admiration for Nelson Mandela’s work leading change in effort to improve unity & equality in society. Lisa had just returned to the States after a consulting project with the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in Cape Town, and Amanda, South Africa born & raised and a renowned fashion designer in South Africa; was now living in the States with her family.
Lisa learned about Amanda’s aesthetic, her soul as a designer, her focus on sustainability, building community and her incredible work of story-telling through thread and cloth. Amanda learned about Lisa’s passion & work in social justice and sports and was intrigued by her graduate thesis about creating cultural change. She deeply respected Lisa’s career and commitment to young people and those in need.
Both women share a belief that committed citizens can align together to change the world.