Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who’s become known for her outspoken expressions and philanthropic humanitarianism, has designed a collection of bags in support of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI).
The Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Initiative Bags are “Handmade with love” in Nairobi. Produced in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) of the International Trade Centre – a joint body of the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) – that currently supports the work of thousands of women micro-producers from marginalized African communities.
The EFI empowers informal manufacturers and craftspeople to enter the international value chain – providing an income for some of the poorest people in the world helping to promote the growth of sustainable businesses in places of aid dependency and creates stability among these impoverished communities. This Is Not Charity, This Is Work.
All styles have been created using recycled canvas, reused roadside banners, unused leather off-cuts, and recycled brass, produced in Kibera slum (Nairobi’s biggest), where discarded metal like padlocks and car pieces are collected then melted down.
The collections include a range of bag styles for men and women, including unisex rucksacks, totes, patchwork drawstring bags and Maasai hand beaded clutches and key rings and are inspired by the African fabrics and surroundings they are produced in.
The Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Initiative Bags are available at all Vivienne Westwood stores as well as online at www.viviennewestwood.com www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/w/news/this-is-not-charity-this-is-work
For more information on the Ethical Fashion Initiative please visit www.intracen.org/exporters/ethical-fashion