KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City-based lifestyle jewelry and accessories company will open Saturday, May 14 at Country Club Plaza.
Tirza Design, which describes itself as a “lifestyle brand of jewelry and accessories made by survivors”, is set to take over the Plaza space previously occupied by the Kate Spade store at 321 Nichols Road.
In a statement on Wednesday, the store said its jewelry and accessories will be made by survivors of human trafficking, exploitation and other forms of abuse.
“We are thrilled to spread awareness of our mission to support survivors with our first Tirza Design site,” owner Nikkie Affholter said in Wednesday’s press release. “The boutique will feature locally crafted and handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, homewares and gifts by survivors and for survivors, as well as a premium consignment store that supports purchases of intentional way.”
In a follow-up email, Affholter said she started the company in 2020 after seeing women trafficked, abused and exploited “desperate” for secure employment and wanting to support themselves. during their recovery.
“Our nonprofit business model is unique in that we do more than just give monthly donations,” Affholter said. “Through the sale of our products, we are able to support several social enterprises and provide job training directly to hard-working, overcoming women.”