A Peace Treaty was founded in 2008 on the belief that things made by human hands, infused with the story of their maker, are the most beautiful and luxurious in the world. Co-Founders Farah Malik and Dana Arbib met in Rome and were immediately connected by their shared desire to preserve traditional crafts that were disappearing around the world. Subsequently, the duo launched A Peace Treaty as a personal pact to transform the contemporary fashion industry. The brand is a trademark of the luxe adventuress, venturing to fascinating countries seeking out the most beautiful handmade techniques and their makers.
A Peace Treaty works with artisans across the globe, most commonly in regions of socio-political strife, such as: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia and Peru. It is a champion for slow fashion and the preservation of centuries-old techniques, reviving small, family-run village businesses that are being squeezed by factory-based manufacturing. A Peace Treaty seeks to bolster local economies and create stable employment opportunities by working with artisans in these areas and paying them up to 8x the local average. The company commits to employing widowed, disabled and marginalized women in these communities.
Each product is designed in New York City by co-founder Dana Arbib. Arbib draws inspiration from her heritage, such as her father’s Libyan-Jewish background and Roman upbringing, and from her native Tel Aviv and childhood home of Toronto. She is dedicated to discovering the world’s most talented mastercraftsmen, who bring each piece to life using ancient methods such as woodblock printing, embroidery, knitting and weaving.
"Giving work to communities and being able to help change their day-to-day lives for me is our biggest success." - Dana Yolanda, Founder
In 2014, A Peace Treaty was selected to participate in the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator Program. Upon completion, the brand was invited to become a member of the CFDA’s roster of America’s leading fashion talents.