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Above’s handwoven accessories are traditionally made by local artisans in Thailand. Having grown up in a province near Bangkok, the founder of the brand Sommy was always taught how valuable our nature and environment are. For her collections, she only uses natural materials from local areas and cherishes the weaving skills of the people in her home country. Above helps preserve Thailand’s culture and supports traditional craftsmanship so the artisans can pass it on to next generations to come. Each unique piece sold will empower local villagers and contribute aid for them to make a living.
Beate Sedlacek and Karl-Henning Hohmann design all kinds of high quality leather bags and accessories in their manufactory Ackermann Taschenmanufaktur in Lüneburg, Germany. Characterised by simple and timeless shapes and styles, their collections are not subject to any trend but emphasise your personality. Super soft and long-lasting, their good leather will develop patina which makes every piece gain in personal value over time. Since 1982 the experienced team ensures environmentally friendly production through world-leading environmental standards. The deerskin comes from Germany and Austria and is tanned “sämisch”, a centuries-old, natural tanning process, dyed by hand with natural colours. New: their olive leather, a cowhide tanned with a purely vegetable tanning agent derived from olive leaves.
Trends come and go but Alexandra Svendsen’s designs are here to stay: Scandinavian inspired, the collections with their clean lines and pure colours have their own, timeless style. Ecologically sustainable and hand-made in Germany, each bag fits to every look and emphasises the personality of their wearer. Along with plenty of room for all your essentials, it is the perfect companion. Quality over quantity is a matter close to the designer’s heart – that’s why all her bags and purses are made with love: the purely vegetable tanned leather is soft and gives each item its own unique texture.
AL MARA SCARVES
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All of AL MARA’s scarves are made from sustainable, natural materials. For something that sits so close to your skin for such an extended period of time, you want to forego any and all toxic chemicals and pesticides. Due to their strict environmental standards for their fabrics, the multi-use scarves can be worn around the head, waist, or neck, and can even be used as a yoga or nursing towel. All of the exquisitely detailed boarders and tassels on AL MARA scarves are ethically sourced from Moroccan artisans. Their unique tassels are the AL MARA trademark. The scarves are then fairly produced by expert seamstresses in Germany.
Each and every ANNE KIWIA headband tells its own unique story. Founder of the brand, Anne-Marie, has always had one foot in Europe and the other in Tanzania. And these inspirations can be clearly seen in her line of headbands – a beautiful play of European and African style. The label embraces a love of high-end, vintage fashion while giving these fabrics new life. Anne first searches for pre-loved, luxury fabrics at busy Tanzanian marketplaces. Once she has collected a range of different fabrics, she then carefully repurposes them to become eclectic, high-end accessories once again.
CMPLT UNKNWN (Complete Unknown) is a bold new vegetarian accessories brand that combines the attitude of punk and rock & roll with craftsmanship and ethical business practices. All bags are hand-embroyedered and hand-sewn by expert craftsman in Uttar Pradesh, India with high-quality standards. The materials are cruelty-free Polyurethan, brass zippers, and the embroidery raw materials are locally sourced from markets in India. We love that they produce their bags in a city, which is famous for its hand embroidery techniques including the “chikankari”, “zardozi” and “”aari” styles and support their artwork.
The online boutique was started by three women who, besides their friendship, have one thing in common: their love for India and its traditional textile techniques. All products, ranging from homewares, accessories and travel goods, are handmade with natural fibers and dyes one piece at a time. Common Texture inspires and supports craft communities and helps them keep their unique master skills alive for generations to come. Whenever possible, they like it zero waste: e.g. their Do Good Yoga Mat is entirely made of upcycled materials. Skilled block masters make their block printed pillow cases and banana fiber weavers in South India create their unique clutches, each to find with the maker’s name when you purchase one.
COUPER ET COUDRE
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From their Bristol-based studio, Couper et Coudre designs, cuts, and sews each and every one of their leather accessories. Their name – Couper et Coudre – comes from the French verbs meaning ‘to cut’ and ‘to sew’; which is exactly what they do. All their leather is sourced from a specialist in the heart of England. Then, what begins as a sketch on a page, is brought to life using their own skilled hands using vegetable tanned and carefully selected remnant leather. The Couper et Coudre shop contains a collection of made to order and one-off items, each with their own story and the assurance of thoughtful, expert craftsmanship.
CUT THE POSH
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Every element of Cut the Posh’s pieces is truly hand-made and uniquely beautiful. Highly skilled male and female artisans from villages in Pakistan are employed fairly to hand make each limited-edition piece. The quirky, modern prints are all conceived of on paper, translated into a hand carved wood block stamp, and then hand printed onto carefully selected fabrics. Each wooden stamp can take 7-10 days to carve! All of the bold, boho accessories are also coiled or knotted by hand and will all have a unique feel due to the hand-made nature of the design. We love that Cut the Posh ships worldwide to give us access to these beautiful statement garments and accessories.
German-Swiss designer Imke Disselhoff creates environmentally- and animal-friendly luxury handbags for the fashion-conscious woman. DISSELHOFF fills a gap in the accessory market by becoming the first premium accessories label to factor organic requirements into both their livestock conditions as well as the processing of the leather itself. The brand exclusively uses hides from animals that have been kept under the strict ‘Biokreis’ guidelines developed for agricultural production in Germany. The leather is also certified as being one of the most environmentally friendly and allergy friendly leathers available on the market to this day. To keep the footprint as minimal as possible, all manufacturing happens ethically in Europe.
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EARLY focusses on beautifully crafted, ecologically mindful and ethically handcrafted leather accessories. EARLY seamlessly blends clean, modern design with a hint of vintage to create leather-goods for both men and women. The brand exclusively uses vintage leather stock or eco-edition leather that has been vegetable-tanned – the most natural and environmental-friendly way of leather production, free of chrome and other harmful substances. EARLY places great emphasis on quality of design and production as well as small, simple details ensuring their pieces longevity in our wardrobes. Classic features provide endless versatility and the ability to accompany you from season to season.
On a bright and snowy day in 2010, Emilia and Erik Lindmark had the idea to be the first to launch a sustainable eyewear collection. Today, EOE is the leading sustainable eyewear brand in Scandinavia. All items are made from a thermoplastic derived from wood pulp called cellulose acetate which is completely recyclable and biodegradable. The material has been certified by ISO 14855 and is approved by Organic Waste Systems. Their organic collection frames are handmade in the Italian Alps and named after plants found in the North such as Renfana, Fjällskära or Skogsstjärna.
A few years ago, two inspiring women met in the beautiful Tuscany of Costa Brava to become the greatest inspiration of each other: The graphic and textile designer Emese and the home interior stylist Cinta founded Gouvou Fabrics back in 2015. Since then, they came up with unique designs for bags, accessories and home decor, all made from recycled hand-woven vintage linen that are over 100 years old. Together, they hand select their high quality fabrics from Eastern European markets. For their current projects, Emese and Cinta create bespoken exclusive home decor for spas and bistros including aprons, pillows, tablecloths and more.
HIITU is all about spreading good vibes through their unique, handmade clothing and accessories. Founders (and sisters) Carlotta and Rosalie scour the globe for the most skilled artisans and craftsmen to collaborate with on their small collections. Through their collections, they share their love and passion for cultures from different corners of the world. The sisters work with skilled artisans to create fashion-forward pieces that celebrate tradition and local materials. Materials that are high quality and responsibly-sourced so you can continue to spread the HIITU good vibes for many years to come.
The name of this luxe, vegan brand – HOZEN – comes from the Japanese word for conservation. Protecting the earth and those that call it home are at the core of HOZEN’s design ideals. They believe that “doing good can look as good as it feels”, and we are totally with them on that! We love their range of chic, minimalist accessories that ensure you can look great while still being mindful. Their vegan handbags are made from ecofriendly, luxury faux leather and suede, with other features made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, natural rubber, or remnant rope. Each piece is made in small batches in ethical LA factories and comes with their own “I Made Your Bag” card.
JACQUES FAREL HAYFIELD
The team at Jacques Farel hayfield have created a range of sustainable and environmentally mindful watches for both men and women. They choose FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified maple and walnut woods for their strength and durability. They make the perfect accents for their watch faces and connects the wearer back with nature. The leather watch straps are made of German Organic Eco-Leather. Their eco-leather has been tanned using vegetable-based products rather than harmful heavy metals and chrome. The dyes used are also all certified natural and free from irritants and allergens. The leather shows its natural grain and character and has not been coated with harmful synthetics.
Each and every Kantala product incorporates 300 year old weaving techniques from traditional artisans in Henavala, Sri Lanka. And Kantala’s founders Vikum and Nadishan are on a mission to share these beautiful Sri Lankan traditions with the world. Kantala products are all PETA Approved Vegan and contain their star material: woven hana (Agave cantala). The brand name – Kantala – is even the Sanskrit word for the hana plant. The lively island culture of Sri Lanka inspires the bold colour palette of the range. Kantala´s handcrafted accessories are the beautiful fusion of chic, modern design and the preservation of traditional techniques.
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KMANA creates ethical accessories for the traveler that want to tread a little more lightly on this earth. The journey began for founders Bea and Kiko with their own personal handcrafted travel bags. The couple then began a beautiful working relationship with the Balinese-Javanese family of leather artisans so they could share their creations with the world. The timeless, unisex accessories are environmentally and socially responsible made by hand in Bali. Every element of KMANA accessories, including their vegetable tanned leather, can be traced back to its responsible source. They also incorporate handmade hardware and traditional textiles and fabrics into their pieces to help preserve traditional dying and weaving techniques.
L.G.R stands for traditional Italian crafstsmanship. L.G.R has created stylish long lasting eyewear to accompany any traveller on their adventures. Their products are handmade in Italy by 3 artisanal families using traditional methods and only innovative, high-quality materials. The artisans build each frame from start to finish. These genuine glasses are authentic and made by people with passion. L.G.R has a wide range of classical styles on offer to suit any personality or aesthetic. Some of our favourites include MONASTIR and TUAREG.
A bag should last a lifetime, if not two lives: Munich-born Laura von Hagen believes in premium quality, timeless design, traditional craftsmanship, and sustainability. Lahara products are all ethically handcrafted in small family businesses in Italy, respecting people and the environment. Each bag and each accessory tells an individual story. Inspired by a journey along the Mediterranean coast from the south of France to Morocco, they combine playful colors and abstract shapes. Made from vegetable tanned leather from free-range cows in two of Tuscany’s most renowned and quality certified tanneries, near Florence.“Our bags are functional and well thought-out to become a faithful companion for everyday life”, says founder Laura.
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Well known Salvadorian designer Lula Mena works with local communities of women and at-risk youth to create a stunning range of homewares and accessories. Her brand is built on five key pillars: handmade, fair trade, eco-friendly, innovation, and women’s empowerment. These principles are meticulously designed into each and every product. By working with local artisans and introducing contemporary designs and practices into their work, Lula Mena ensures traditional handcrafting techniques are preserved. Women have a true impact on their local community, an impact that can be felt through generations. Lula has taken it upon herself to empower the women of these communities to continue to have positive impacts on their own futures as well as those of their families.
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LOKAH/CO is a conscious line of luxury, artisanal and mindful wears that blends style, intention and purpose. They choose their partners, materials and methods carefully. Their stunning debut collection is hand-woven by skilled artisans in Central India, where their work supports women’s empowerment, poverty alleviation and sustainability. Each piece is crafted using a blend of organic, hand-spun cotton and mulberry silk, and then infused with intention. LOKAH/CO brings the healing power of yoga to those in need, and its flowing simplicity to our wardrobes. The hand-made nature of the product leads to natural variations, which means you are getting a totally unique product; a piece of wearable art.
Majavia creates sustainable accessories made from premium recycled leather – in other words – leather remnants from manufactories that would normally be tossed without further use. At the moment, their product range consists of laptop and iPhone cases, cosmetic pouches, luggage tags and passport holders in various colors. You can also personalize your item with up to three initials, making them your perfect travel buddy. Majavia is based in Vienna and the simple yet stylish products are sustainably made with close attention to details and without using any artificial additives.
If you think bags can’t be made by pineapples, think again: Christina Bussmann designs handcrafted bags and accessories in her studio in the heart of Palma de Mallorca. Originally, her timeless pieces were all made of vegetable-tanned leathers but she recently presents a vegan collection made of the innovative alternative to leather called Piñatex. This sustainable textile uses pineapple leaves, which are the natural by-product of existing pineapple fruit harvesting: free of petroleum, fertilizers or pesticides. Piñatex is water and tear resistant, strong, versatile, breathable, soft, light and flexible. Plus: each item is made under fair conditions and with love!
Make the world a little bit better by owning a bag. A sustainable leather bag from Moimoi. Founders Raquel and Kalle chose to work with leather because it is a durable, natural product. The leather they use comes from France and is vegetable tanned, which makes them more eco-friendly. Each bag can practically be worn by anyone; with their clean and modern lines, they are totally timeless and look good at any occasion. Moimoi believes in local craftsmanship and supporting small businesses. All their bags are designed in Helsinki produced in Spain and Finland.
Inspired by the Colombian flora and fauna and the country’s rich ethnic variety, Najash’s handmade bags have the very special aim to unite different indigenous cultures – WAYUU, EMBERI CHAMI, KAMSA and WOMEN OF SANDONA. Handcrafted by the women of the community, the shapes and designs of each piece by the WAYUU tradition represent spiritual myths and beliefs which bestow divine protection on the person who owns it. Members of the EMBERI CHAMI community weave fabric designs that are inspired by their God Karavi and are supposed to bring abundance, peace and love to the person who made and the one who uses it.
Panda Sunglasses is the original bamboo sunglasses brand, meaning they were the first to produce their sunglasses from eco-friendly bamboo. This material is one of the most sustainable and diverse natural resources on the planet. Bamboo is one of the fast renewable plants which has a small ecological footprint plus produces more oxygen than usual tree farms. Panda supports numerous initiatives such as the Gift Of Vision: for every pair sold, another pair goes to someone in need through their partnership with Optometry Giving Sight. Panda also offers bamboo watches from recycled metal, cork, and vegan leather.
pinqponq offers the most practical backpacks in different sizes, styles, and colors that are entirely made out of recycled PET bottles aka recycled polyester, a light, and resistant and PFC free material. The backpacks are all designed by a team in Cologne, Germany and then handcrafted in a social factory in Vietnam where controlled working hours, regular breaks and a canteen belong to the daily routine. pinqponq is in direct contact with the producers to follow the process and hence guarantee the best quality products. The brand is a bluesign® system partner and a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).
Plastic bags can be of fashionable use: Reform Studio makes their luxurious fashion and home accessories as well as the furniture from Plastex which is a new eco-friendly fabric made out of recycled & upcycled plastic bags and cotton threads. All products are produced and designed in Egypt where the brand revives the local weaving industry and gives underprivileged women new opportunities to work. Reform partners with Ikea to design their first ever African collection which will be launched next year. We are excited!
SANDER VON RHEIN
From now on, you only need one bag in your everyday working life. Sander von Rhein creates laptop bags in different sizes and styles for contemporary professionals by combining functionality, elegance, and longevity. Whether in the office, in the airport lounge, on the way to the next meeting or an after-work drink – Sander von Rhein bags accompany you everywhere, around the clock. And make you look damn good: the minimalist, clean lines in classy and retro colors are both professional and hip. Each bag is carefully handcrafted from premium calf leather in Portugal, under fair conditions. Carry all technical devices from 5″ to 15.6″ with you!
Who made your jewelry? On a trip to Indonesia, Sarah and Tobias fell in love with the country’s culture, its people, spirit and nature. It didn’t take long and the two founded Santi Santi in order to create beautiful fashion accessories for wild and caring women and at the same time give back to locals and nature. They met countless wonderful people who are now friends, production partners and suppliers. Santi Santi’s unique jewellery, hand-woven rattan bags and super sexy bikinis from crocheted cotton are of high quality so they can be by your side for a long time. Each Santi Santi piece is individually designed and handmade with love in small, family-run manufactories on Bali, Indonesia.
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Highly unique, Saya creates a different kind of jewelry – the kind meant for your hair. A love of nature and an excitement around sustainability drove the founder, Victoria, to begin Saya Designs. Recycled root wood is recovered from old Indonesian plantations to use for the handcrafted hair sticks. Although Indonesia’s rainforest is one of the most diverse in the world, it has one of the highest deforestation rates. The Indonesian forest cover is in a significant state of decline, as it has been since the 1960s. Saya uses the root wood, which was once a waste material, to create sculptural hair pieces. To replenish the earth’s source of wood, with every hair stick purchased, Saya will plant up to ten endangered or endemic species of trees into local community gardens in Indonesia.
Up-fuse is based in Cairo, Egypt and focuses on designing and creating eco-friendly and socially responsible accessories. They work together with a local NGO and artisans to design unique and sustainable bags and accessories while providing meaningful employment in local communities. Up-fuse removes plastic bags from the waste stream and upcycles them into new, fashionable accessories. Rather than recycling and downgrading the plastic, the material is being improved via upcycling and turned into sustainable products. Their tote bags, backpacks, and other small accessories are all unique in their own way due to the nature of the material. Each and every piece will always be slightly different than the next and uniquely beautiful.
ZAMT is a young lifestyle brand that designs minimalist bags and accessories from premium Italian vegetable tanned leather. ZAMT’s first collection “CLASS OF 2017/18” is inspired by Parisian everyday life: when getting a croissant at your favorite boulangerie, stopping by an art gallery in the Marais and reading a book on the crowded metro – your bag becomes your fashionable companion. It is during these days, when your bag develops a unique patina, making it look even nicer, wear after wear. The two founders Zisan Buga and Max Reinhardt’s work with selected manufacturers that ethically create each accessory by hand in Europe. Tip: As the vegetable tanned leather is completely natural, use an impregnator spray to make it waterproof and long-lasting!