The Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Initiative Bags are “Handmade with love” in Nairobi, and are produced in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint body of the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), supporting the work of thousands of women micro-producers from marginalized African communities. The ITC empowers informal manufacturers and craftspeople to enter the international value chain, providing an income for some of the poorest people in the world. This promotes the growth of sustainable business in place of aid dependency and creates stability among these impoverished communities. This is not charity, this is work.
Hand-made by the Maasai community, variations in their appearance is down to the artisan nature of these pieces and should be seen for its craftsmanship rather than a defect.