CHRIS SARETTE

An Introduction to CHRIS SARETTE

February 2011

1: Who am I?

Chris Sarette, a California native, but a New Yorker at heart.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

My niche in life is to be a problem solver. Currently, that’s led me to a non-profit organization called Invisible Children, which works with communities affected by the longest running war in Africa. You can imagine there are a few logistics involved in trying to end this conflict, and help restore a physically and culturally stunning part of the world.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

From a small town, en route to the Big Apple.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

I admire all who look at the status quo, decide we can do better, and then dedicate their lives to making it happen.

5: What book is your bible?

I’ve always been fascinated with The Great Gatsby. It’s by no means a book by which to live, but it’s a reminder to me that, though times change, the human condition remains the same.

6: What are some things you love?  And some things you hate?

I love chocolate croissants. And if you’ve been to Europe, you might know their relatives, the viennoise chocolats. I also love running. The first would be a dangerous love, without the second.

Ignorance and bullying are at the top of a short list of things I hate. And celery.

7: What is your raison d’être?

I’m an unfailing optimist. I enjoy waking up every day and not knowing what to expect, but always hoping for the best.

8: What is your favorite color?

I used to answer “black,” until I got sick of people telling me it wasn’t a color. It’s still my favorite.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

I loved X-Men as a kid. The idea of an everyday guy or gal having extraordinary powers was more appealing to me than the brawny characters preferred by my friends.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

I can’t get enough of Commerce Restaurant in the Village. I’ve actually gone there for dinner, gone elsewhere for drinks, and RETURNED for dessert. It’s that good.

11: What turns you on?

A sharp mind, a sharper wit.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

“Which TV or movie character are you most often compared to?”

Chris Sarette is obsessed with the Invisible Children project being featured in this issue called MEND. MEND is a program designed to give women directly affected by the conflict in Uganda a second chance at life, by earning a steady income for their families. All the women employed at MEND were at one point abducted by the rebel army that terrorized this country for two decades. Taught basic tailoring skills during their rehabilitation after escaping or being rescued, these women had a basic skill set but no market. MEND provides a market by selling hand bags created by these ladies in the United States. On top of the confidence that comes with providing for their families, these ladies are also sharpening their tailoring skills, learning how to save and invest their wages, and embracing the unique opportunity to be a part of a community which understands what they’ve gone through.

Chris Sarette has been given the opportunity recently to support this program on the logistical side. Having survived a crash course in sourcing, production schedules, quality control, and everything that goes into a functioning hand bag line, he’s excited to continue to pour my time and talent into this brand.

LINKS:

MEND Store

Chris Sarette’s Facebook

Giving Back: MEND

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Jillian Mercado

Photography by Jessica Fairchild Conrad / Courtesy of Chris Sarette

Design by Jillian Mercado

Captions:

Chris Sarette, 2009, Balboa Park, San Diego, Photography by Jessica Fairchild Conrad

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