SAN GABRIEL - Jenny Bui, 16, Elaine Truong, 18, and Duyen Dang, 17, met in journalism class at San Gabriel High School, sharing a love for blogging, vintage fashion, and entrepreneurship. Transforming their passion and talents into a business, the group created an online company that sells global, vintage and handmade jewelry.
In November, they launched their company, called Antoinette's Boutique. Starting the site with just $100 raised between them, they say their goal is to promote youth business and fair trade, vintage fashion.
"Our main mission is to promote eco-friendly jewelry and global entrepreneurship," Truong said. "We are also trying to bring these three niche markets together, because there are very few websites that do that."
One of the items the site sells is hand-carved bracelets from artisans in the Republic of Namibia in southern Africa. To sell these pieces, which are made of recycled PVC Pipe, the company partners with the non-profit organization Promote Africa. The organization retrieves the jewelry directly from the Namibian artisans and brings the pieces back to the U.S.
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