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.
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
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.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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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.