by Chris Vilag, Published April 3, 2012
Beth Doane (BS04) founded Andira International as a fashion import and distribution company in 2005, right after college when she was 22 years old. Her vision was to bring exclusive eco-friendly European brands to the U.S. The company is now a full-service consulting agency, offering consulting, design, distribution and marketing. The creation of her apparel line, Rain Tees, in 2008, combines her passion for fashion with her commitment to make a difference.
Rain Tees is the first and only brand to feature children's artwork on apparel and create reforestation programs for their local communities while providing them with thousands of school supplies so they can attend school. Rain Tees is a 100-percent organic line of apparel for women and children. The children draw what they see happening around them and their artwork is featured on every Rain Tee item.
Launched at 2008's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles, Rain Tees became an internationally selling brand within its first year. To date, Rain Tees has donated thousands of dollars in school supplies across 11 countries and planted more than 12,000 trees. Her reach has crossed continents and touched many lives.
Every Rain Tee is handmade in their family-owned and vertically integrated factories in the Peruvian Amazon or in downtown Los Angeles. Workers are always paid 15 to 20 percent above average wages.
Beth speaks nationally about her work in the Amazon, the fashion industry and how companies can succeed by giving back. She is also features editor and writer for the California-based online eco-conscious magazine Coco Eco.
Doane is the author of a children's book on the environment, From the Jungle. She lives in Los Angeles, where her companies are based. Learn more at www.raintees.com.
Join us for the 51st Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, to celebrate Beth's accomplishment. more information can be found at: http://on.fb.me/HHyBci