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Khaki and olive drab, military overcoats and aviator jackets, combat boots and cargo pants: The Fall ’10 shows are chockablock with soldier style. But Farah Malik and Dana Arbib are bringing fashion literally into the war zone. The two founders of A Peace Treaty have set up production in Afghanistan, where they’re working with the nonprofit Afghan Hands to produce hand-embroidered scarves and—soon to come—a range of bags. Last night, at a dinner for the brand hosted by Claire Danes, Afghan Hands founder Matin Maulawizada (pictured, right, with Danes, Malik, and Arbib, all wearing A Peace Treaty) acknowledged that there are dangers to working in the battle-scarred country, but added that the benefits outweigh the risks. “We’ve got women there, whose husbands killed each other, and they’re working together, laughing and gossiping, and their children are growing up side by side,” Maulawizada explained over helpings of hummus and couscous at the Jane Hotel outpost of Café Gitane. “Even if I weren’t already an optimist, that would make me optimistic.” Arbib, meanwhile, noted that her and Malik’s reasons for producing in Afghanistan are only partly idealistic. “We look for places where there’s a tradition of doing the kind of work we want to do,” she said. “Afghan women have a history with embroidery. But we’ve got a whole range of knits—knit scarves and capes and ponchos—that we’re going to be making in Bolivia, because they really excel at knitwear.”