Everard Findlay conceptualized The Designer Collaboration Project in which three jewelry designers were invited to participate including CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Winner, Pamela Love; Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize winners, Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen; and Yelena Noah. The collaboration project brings together artists, scientists and innovators to showcase various cultures focusing on preservation and coexistence of diverse cultures. The designers were introduced to the project during a dinner event at Soho House New York in which they met with then, National Environmental Council representative to the President of the Republic of Suriname, Ellen Naarendorp.
Findlay brought jewelry designers, Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen to Suriname to meet with its inhabitants and experience how the Surinamese people coexist in a country that’s 90% rainforest.
“There was something enchanting about the fact people were so tolerant of each other—tolerant of religion, the different cultures and that everyone seemed to coexist. We really hadn’t been anywhere else where we had had that feeling. It should be an example to us and the rest of the world.” —Anndra Neen
Vogue’s September 2013 issue featured the Stephens sisters in Dispatch and their visit to Suriname.
Conde Nast Traveler featured Pamela Love’s visit to Suriname in their May 2014 issue.