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Fait La Force

NY based designer Emma Allen has been volunteering in Haiti since she was a teen. On a trip to seek out production capabilities, in the hopes of using her design skills to foster job creation, she met Chandler Hamilton and her husband and Josh – who have been working with artisans in Haiti for the past 4 years. together Chandler and Emma founded Fait La Force, which aims to encourage creativity and economic development in the country.

We work hand in hand with artisans across Haiti to create thoughtfully designed products with local resources and a mix of modern and traditional techniques. Our products are made with care and integrity by artisans in our workshop in Port au Prince, as well as our artisan partners across the country. We strive to create an uplifting work environment fostering collaborations between our artisans and like-minded brands and designers.

they just launched their debut collection, available at their online shop. you can also follow their journey on Instagram – how great is this shot?!

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The Woven Bag

i have had an overwhelming response to the beautiful woven Kenyan bags that i posted about a while ago. the good news is that if all goes to plan i will hopefully start selling them in September! but in the meantime, if you’re into woven bags, here’s a nice round up for ya.

PS if you’re in Cape Town then check out Greenmarket Square and Design Afrika for woven bags. you can also find great vintage ones on Etsy & Kenyan ones at Hadithi.

The Woven Bag

1. Urban Outfitters // 2. Connected Goods // 3. Clare Vivier // 4. Matches // 5. J.Crew // 6. Mextli Artesenias // 7. My VietHome // 8. Fashion Zone// 9. Moos // 1. San Diego Hat Company // 11. Urban Outfitters // 12. Lucky Brand // 13. Sole Society // 14. Sensei Studio // 15. BCBG

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SUL

i really feel like my bag obsession is getting out of hand. sometimes i think i might to have to buy duplicate wallets and cosmetics and keys just so i can keep a set in each of my bags (don’t you hate transferring your stuff every time? yes i know that is the ultimate in laziness). SUL is a bag company from Portugal who make some seriously nice hand-crafted leather pieces. really into this one and this one. dig the embossing too.

Our bags are handmade, one by one, by artisans who spend all the time needed until they are perfect. They are manufactured in small editions and with leathers that inspire us. If we find a beautiful leather, which fits to one of our models, we take advantage of it, even if with it we can make a single and unique bag.

check out their beautiful lookbook here. photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo

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Toino Abel

Toino Abel was started by Nuno Henriques with the aim to preserve the tradition of Portuguese reed basket weaving. Nuno’s great-grandfather José began his basket-weaving business in the small Portuguese village of Castanheira, and today the business is still run by Nuno’s grand-aunt and employs 6 weavers who make the baskets by hand just as they have always been made.

My great-grandfather initiated this craft of weaving seemingly fragile materials into sturdy objects. The reed baskets became popular in the entire country and are now seen as part of our Portuguese heritage. Nevertheless, today the craft is at risk to come to an end. Once the last generation of remaining craftsmen and women pass away, the Portuguese tradition of reed basket making might die out with them. Toino Abel aims to preserve, cherish and share this beautiful craft with you. Each basket has been manufactured in the same technique throughout generations in a strictly handmade process. We aim to keep it that way and carry on the tradition.

you can buy them on Etsy.

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Thisispaper Shop II

around this time last year i blogged about the launch of Thisispaper Shop. they have just relaunched, with a brand new website and new products. i particularly love all their bags, which are all handmade in their studio in Warsaw. the detailing on the leather is lovely, and i dig that line – “what we save, saves us.”

Our bags and rucksacks are designed and hand made by a small but passionate team at our Warsaw studio. At every stage of the process we aim to minimise waste and our environmental footprint, and maximise support for local community and suppliers. We only use genuine vegetable­tanned leather and durable cotton and canvas. Instead of decoration, we go for simplicity, function and sustainability.

this is only a smidge of what is available, also check out their entire shop here.

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