We’re Focused on Sustainability
Currently our sustainable collection includes pieces made by artisans from 3 countries – Cambodia, India, and Bangladesh. Our work in these countries has helped dozens of artisans develop/enhance employable skill sets and fund a sustainable livelihood. We do so by partnering with NGOs, co-ops, handicraft enterprises and skill training groups in the area consisting of a large number of women who provide them training and insight into the fashion world. We work in conjunction with our artisans in designing pieces that align with the current fashion trends. Besides this, we attempt to source sustainable materials that are local to the region we work in, whenever we can.
Meet Our Artisans
Recycled Bombshell & Recycled Bullet Jewellery made by Cambodian war Survivors - Chantha Thoeun
Recycled Bombshell & Recycled Bullet Jewellery in our sustainable collection is made by Chantha Thoeun & His Producer Group. Losing both of his parents by the age of 8 during the civil war, Chantha Thoeun initially lived with his grandparents and later on received support from the Skip organization, an orphanage center. At the age of 14, with the help of Skip he learnt the art of jewellery making, while continuing his education. With his dedication and hard work, Chantha has learned how to use a computer and graphic design skills. With a team of eight jewellery artisans, in his home-based workshop, he is making bombshell and bullet jewellery with three-decade-old recycled war remains.
Recycled Paper Bead Necklaces made by a Vulnerable Female Artisan - Sokhum Houn
After struggling and surviving through the vicious civil war in Cambodia, 47-year-old Sokhun Houn, a mother of seven children, is earning her daily living by making handicrafts with locally-found recycled materials. For about two months, she completed a daily walk, far from her home, to a training center where she learned the methods of making paper bead jewellery and many other handicraft products.
Cuffs - Made by Mohammad Meeraj and his Group
Our silver and dull-gold finish Gladiator cuffs are made by an artisan named Mohammad Meeraj and his group of artisans in India. Mohammad Meeraj is based in a region that has a rich history of metal crafts and trade. With the support of a Non-Government Organization in India (NGO), whose objective is to empower low income artisans to break the cycle of poverty and to preserve the cultural traditions of the region, he was able to establish his own workshop with his three brothers. He has also employed six other artisans to work with him in his workshop. Mohammed is an active supporter and promoter of fair trade practices and wants to make his workshop a model for fair trade metal handicraft products in India.
Tablet Covers, Clutches, Bags, and Journals made by a Group of Women artisans
The tablet Cover, clutch, brocade Bags, and Journals in our sustainable Collection are made by a group of underprivileged women artisans in India who have and continue to face many hardships in their lives. Faced with physical disability, the caste system, abusive family members and poverty, these women looked to their inner strength and dedication to try to gain more independence and lift their families out of these hardships, giving them a reason to smile. Some of these artisan are:
Sudha has a congenital defect in her leg, which denied her the ability to be able to walk her entire life. She has lived through a broken marriage, desertion and extreme poverty but she still has the courage to dream and to fight. Meenakshi, a mother of three, comes from one of the lower castes and her family struggled to make ends meet. Rajbala, a stay at home woman realized that her husband’s earnings as a driver were not enough to sustain the family. Frustration crept in and turned him into an alcoholic. Rajbala struggled to make ends meet and was often beaten up by her husband; she didn’t lose her hope and turned her life for good. Lata Yadav also has a similar story of poverty and suffering. Not only did she decide to take up tailoring, but today with that training and support she has been offered, she is teaching multiple batches, with as many as 40 women at a time and inspires them to stand on their own feet. For Poonam, life has also not always been fair to her. Although she was married into a wealthy family, she was widowed at a tender age and her relatives usurped her husband’s savings. Left with no money, she was forced to work to fend for herself and her two children. Through sewing and tailoring, today she is happily supporting her children.
Non-Violent Silk Scarves, Jute Clutches & Bags made by Group of women Artisans
The non-violent silk scarves, jute clutches and bags in our Collection are also made by a group of underprivileged artisans in Bangladesh. Two such women artisans are Liza Mollick and Bithi Dhas. Liza is a talented artisan and has 15 other artisans working with her, while Bithi has 12 artisans working with her. Before this fair trade handicraft employment opportunity, both Liza and Bithi were working long hours every day and were still not able to make ends meet. With the support of a NGO, Liza and Bithi are now earning fair wages and working a regular 8-hour work day. They feel happier that they are able to use their talented skills and sustainably provide for their families. Another addition in our network of artisans in Bangladesh is 26 year old Jarna Das. Due to financial hardships, Jarna was not able to continue her schooling after grade 5. Since her childhood, her mother and sister were involved in sewing jute bags and Jarna learned these skills from them. Now she is also financially supporting her family of 8, with her mother and sister, and is trying to fulfill the small demands of her siblings with her own income.