Fashion for Good: Francis + Benedict

When I was in Charleston for the CSOL Shophouse opening my friend Julianne Taylor, of Julianne Taylor Design and Taylor Burke Home, was wearing the most gorgeous skirt.  I had to know more.  

She in turn introduced me to this amazing brand that is doing good for the women of the world and bridging the gap from Africa to Charleston, South Carolina with fabulous fashions. 

Enjoy getting to know


As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Francis + Benedict exists to empower and equip skilled Togolese seamstresses by providing them with dignified and sustainable employment.  In addition, our profits are used to resource community leaders in Togo, enabling them to continue projects that benefit orphans, widows, and those suffering in poverty. 

Our handmade clothing marries American style with West African wax print textiles in order to create fashion-forward apparel for the modern woman. 

We aim to make a lasting global impact by using our love for people and fashion to change communities … One outfit at a time.

Katie Walters is the founder + visionary behind Francis + Benedict. God ignited her heart for the women of Togo when she visited there in July of 2015. Francis + Benedict is the marriage of her love for well-made, fashion-forward clothing and seeing women worldwide excel at what God has called them to. 

Francis and Benedict Avoyi are our partners on the ground in Togo, encouraging and equipping the seamstresses as well as navigating all overseas operations. 

There are nine women who create each unique article of clothing in the workshop in Francis and Benedict’s home. They are trained, equipped and resourced to exceed goals and earn rewards on top of their fair wage. The process of bettering the lives of the artisans is our highest priority. We exclusively buy from Francis and Benedict for our American/Togolese line, however Francis and Benedict are empowered to grow their business with no limit to their productivity.


Katie Walters with 3 of our Togolese seamstresses. From left: Lili, Katie, Viviane, and Nadége.

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3 of our Togolese seamstresses with Benedict. From left: Nadége,  Benedict, Juliette, and Ayékinam.

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Francis and Benedict Avoyi


Our Togelese seamstresses with our US seamstress and Benedict

See more of the team HERE.

And here are the beauties they make that you can shop

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These skirt are a great price and the look can be found in all the fashion forward circles…





ORDER HERE…We all love to shop for a good cause. 


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