Named after founders Angela and Roi Lee, Angela & Roi offer classic style handbags made of vegan leather. Available in a range of colours, each one represents a different charitable cause. Angela & Roi’s Donate By Colour program sees $5 from the sale of each handbag go to that particular charity. Says Angela & Roi “We believe that business can use their resources to positively impact the greater community. We’ve specifically liked different causes to our various handbag colours because we feel that colour adds life and beauty to the world around us."
Aspiga was founded by Lucy Macnamara after a holiday in Kenya where she fell in love with the country and its colourful handmade products. Aspiga belts and clutches are all made in Kenya by individual suppliers with small local work forces (not large factories). Lucy says, “I am especially proud that Aspiga, is not only selling some fabulous accessories, but is also helping to fight poverty through trade."
NYC-based bluma project design contemporary jewellery collections made by women’s producer groups in East and West Africa, Peru and the Philippines. Bluma project founder Beth Schaeffer has travelled extensively to source design, and specifically to Rwanda, Ghana, and Peru to train women in advanced jewelry making skills. The result is intricate, bold, beautiful jewelry; inspired by travel, with a modern fashion aesthetic. Says bluma project: "Having our pieces produced around the globe brings authenticity to the work and helps to build sustainable income for artisans practicing their craft."
Dirty Librarian Chains
Founded by designer Susan Domelsmith on a zero waste design model, Dirty Librarian Chains jewellry is made from materials dating from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Each piece incorporates bold retro-futuristic structures with a distinct eye-catching playfulness. Domelsmith also promotes sustainable design by offering workshops where students can learn jewelry making and create new pieces from their own meaningful treasures and heirlooms. Says Dirty Librarian Chains: "For nearly a decade, her work has been at the forefront of the sustainable fashion jewelry movement and has offered alternatives to inspire others to also think about the issue of wasteful fast fashion manufacturing."
Matt & Nat
Canadian brand Matt & Nat (Material & Nature) produce timeless and durable handbags made of vegan leather and other sustainable and/or recycled materials. The company motto is “Live Beautifully” – take care of our planet as it takes care of us. Says Matt & Nat “We love the environment and aim to work with it to offer you sustainable, ecological and highly fashionable accessories.”
Chloe Abadi started Miss Mochila after seeing the vibrant textiles produced by the Wayuu Tribe in South America. Bags are hand made by this Tribe where weaving skills are passed down through generations and families work together to produce each item. Chole says “The purchase of a Miss Mochila item helps the economy of these lovely and hardworking peoples.”
Prymal Panama Hats are 100% handmade in Ecuador by local artisans. Committed to sustainability throughout the entire design and production process, Prymal use natural materials to make the hats; upcycle where possible; and employ green marketing practices. Prymal says: “We noticed a need for people to start making smart choices in their everyday lives, including shopping. So we created Prymal, mixing sustainability with luxurious design! Prymal is our way to help hard-working artisans, the environment and the planet.”
Raven + Lily
Founded by friends Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin, jewellery label Raven + Lily was created as a platform to utilise their shared passion for ethical fashion and to help alleviate poverty among women. Raven + Lily currently employs marginalised women in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, and the USA at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care and education. Raven + Lily says: “We are committed to providing products that are made by hand, follow fair trade standards, and honor our eco-friendly commitment.”
Soko is an online fashion hub that sources and promotes handcrafted jewellery created by artisans in emerging economies, using natural and upcycled materials. By providing artisans with computer and technology solutions, Soko helps designers manage their production, sell to global shoppers, and get paid directly. Soko says: “This market access and training, supported by technology, expands economic opportunity for artisans, the majority of whom are women, in underserved communities, creating real, immediate impact and disrupting the traditional export supply chain.”
American designer Shana Aldrich Ready started The Ropes after being inspired by her coastal surroundings in Maine. The Ropes bracelets are practical, colorful and highly durable, with each piece hand made from authentic nautical ropes and hardware. Shana’s philosophy is to create beautiful things from every day materials.
Launched in 2000, Thomaspaul produce handcrafted textile homewares and fashion accessories. Products are high-quality and small batch, made using traditional processes. Thomaspaul's striking printed scarves are made in India by local artisans using time-honored weaving and printing traditions. Founder Thomas Paul says: “My vision for the thomaspaul brand has always been about combining classic design motifs from different periods in textile design. Incorporating anything from an 18th century Damask pattern to a camouflage print. I am always looking to vintage fabrics and motifs for inspiration and new ideas, but always try to update these to look good for today."
Based in Uganda, Sseko provides the opportunities for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society through employment. Sseko provides employment during the 9 month gap between high school and university where high potential young women are able to earn and save enough money to pay for college tuition. 50% of their salary each month goes into a savings account that is not accessible until tuition is due. This ensures that their income goes towards education. At the end of each term, Sseko Designs grants university scholarships that match up to 100% of the savings each woman has made during her 9 month session with Sseko. In addition, Sseko also employs women who have aged out of the education system and have no other form of income generation, including young women who have recently come out of the commercial sex industry. By creating an environment of dignity, honor and dedication, Sseko believes that every woman has the capacity to end the cycle of poverty and that it can be done in a way that is fair, sustainable, honoring and life-giving.
Banago was founded in 2011 by Renee Patron to support and expand the livelihoods of artisan communities in the Philippines, where her family is from. After 15 years in the mainstream fashion industry, Paton has transplanted her fashion acumen to support sustainable production and preserve the ailing arts & crafts micro-industry in the Philippines. By designing with the artisans, Banago encourages their love of the unique handicrafts of their home villages. In 2013 Banago’s entire production infrastructure and the homes of its artisans were completely destroyed by the biggest typhoon ever recorded in history – Typhoon Haiyan. Since then, it has been Banago’s mission to restore the homes and lives of the Banago network and their families: from the farmer of the grasses to the women who make the products, Banago is helping communities to rebuild.
Sunday Tracker’s own line of conscious accessories brings together all the elements that we love the most about statement fashion. We create accessories with colour, movement and individuality, and marry these with ethical and sustainable production methods to make statement fashion pieces that exude casual, summer style. Each collection is a collaboration between craftspeople and our own flights-of-fancy design, embodying the Sunday Tracker spirit of ethical, everyday luxury.
Moeloco founder, Kathy Wong, has a burning passion to make a meaningful difference in the world. Moeloco – a name that literally translates as “dream crazy”, harnesses social entrepreneurship to make a positive difference to some of the poorest people on the planet. Kathy’s ‘Dream Crazy’ is to make it easy for people to make a difference to the welfare of children in extreme poverty, simply by choosing where they shop. Moeloco gives one-for-one, that means that with every pair of thongs sold a pair of closed-in canvas shoes are given to a child, enabling them attend school and avoid injury and health issues caused by lack of footwear. By going to school the children have an improved chance of leaving poverty behind.