1. Sarah Burroughs, CEO and founder of Anne B DesignsPhoto: Anne B Designs
A volunteer trip to Uganda sparked Sarah’s long-time passion for design and functionality. Burroughs — a graduate of Brigham Young in Provo — had been making quality handmade bags and clutches for her friends, a passion she’d discovered in high school. During her trip to Uganda she taught sewing, but also basic marketing to local women. She returned with a new direction for her handmade goods, and successfully crowdfunded her campaign in 2014 to start a sewing school in Salt Lake City, focused on employing local refugees as seamstresses. They run workshops, and sell beautiful handmade bags and clutches, and are open to the public.
Anne B is offering a special workshop this Christmas to learn to sew a sleeping bag, and then donate that bag to Salt Lake’s homeless — all inspired by a homeless man she met named Anthony who’d stitched his own sleeping bag together. Anne B continues to push boundaries and rouse the community in SLC.