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Jean Rousseau joins forces with Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption

Jean Rousseau joins forces with Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption
In April, Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption, an association created by Samantha Futerman and Jenna Ushkowitz, held its second annual charity gala to raise funds. The association’s mission is to assist and support adopted children and their families, whether biological or adoptive. This year, Manufacture Jean Rousseau was a partner of the event.

This cause is particularly important to Jean Rousseau as Samantha Futerman, co-founder of Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption, happens to be the twin sister of Anaïs Bordier, the Manufacture Jean Rousseau designer who is behind the famous Anaïs bag ! Separated at birth, the two sisters found each other by chance some 25 years later through Facebook. Their moving story is a true fairy tale that inspired the documentary Twinsters, which was financed through Kickstarter and went on to pick up awards at both the SXSW Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

It was therefore only natural for Jean Rousseau to support Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption. The association’s second annual gala took place at New York’s Highline Ballroom on 5th April and aimed to raise both funds and public awareness by sharing a positive vision of adoption. Entitled “Breaking Boundaries”, the event aspired to highlight the different socio-emotional measures put in place for adopted children. The gala also presented an opportunity to honour Hank Fortener, founder of the crowdfunding platform AdoptTogether, which aims to help families raise the necessary funds to pay for adoption fees. Hank Fortener received the 2016 Kindred Award of Honour for his involvement and work with the adoption community. 

To reaffirm its commitment to and support of both the adoption cause and the association run by Samantha Futerman and Jenna Ushkowitz, Manufacture Jean Rousseau became a partner of the Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption gala. The guests, who included actress and dancer Courtney Galiano, actor Colin Meath (The Knick) and bachelorette Caila Quinn, were handed gift bags containing Jean Rousseau key rings that were specially produced for the occasion and co-branded with the names of the Manufacture and the association. 

In addition, in order to help raise funds, Jean Rousseau has put an alligator Anaïs bag up for sale in its New York boutique, the proceeds of which will be entirely donated to Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption.