The Anne Fontaine Foundation was created in 2011 by the French and Brazilian fashion designer Anne Fontaine following her’s unique experience living in the Amazon forest when she was 17. This time spent in another world changed her vision of life and laid the path for the creation of the Foundation, with its mission of the reforestation and protection of the Mata Atlântica.
The Mata Atlântica, or Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, is a narrow “green” corridor stretching down the coast from North Brazil to Uruguay. Threatened by deforestation, it is today one of the most endangered forests in the world, with only 7% of its original surface left. It is one of the most important biodiversity reservoirs on Earth hosting 20,000 plant species and 2315 animal species, many of which are endemic.
2020 Goal: To plant 100,000 trees
GREEN ATTITUDE GALA 2019
The Green Attitude Gala took place on March 21, 2019 at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. We are so grateful to French Ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud for his patronage; artist and gala presenter Pascal Blondeau; chefs Zoé Deleu, Mark Courseille, and Patrick Orange; Brazilian Ambassador Sergio Silva do Amaral; the Washington Ballet; Annie Simonian Totah; the Embassy Choir and Chorale de Rochambeau; Armenian Ambassador to the United States Varuzhan Nersesyan; and all of our generous sponsors and partners: Enterprise Holdings, the French-American Cultural Foundation, Scharffenberger, Jean-Charles Boisset, Domaine Faiveley, Cheval Quancard, Goût de France, Adrien Camut, Løv Organic, Palais des thés, Oliviers and Co., Boxed Water, Chantecaille, Le Meurice, Txai Resorts, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Maison Française at the French Embassy, and Gisele Bündchen.
See photos from the gala here.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Anne Fontaine moved to France at the age of 20.
Today she is a successful designer who has launched and developed her own brand, “Anne Fontaine”.
Throughout her personal and professional life, Anne Fontaine always showed a deep concern and appreciation for the environment. During her first 20 years in Brazil, she lived very close to nature. This allowed her to discover the virtues of the tropical forest, found in the daily lives of the Cariocas.