Handmade in Kenya, this bag is made from recycled materials by marginalized communities of women, with the support of the International Trade Center's Ethical Fashion Program of the United Nations. The Ethical Fashion Program supports the work of over 7000 women who live in conditions of extreme poverty but who have a strong desire to improve their lives. Through the programme's extensive network, some of the poorest people in the world now have access to a job and income that subsequently benefits the entire community. All women involved in Vivienne Westwood's Ethical Fashion Africa collection are empowered by the pride they take in their work and new skills learnt.
The Africa Weekender Bag created for our Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection is made of recycled/ offcuts of canvas with a zipped fastening and buckle, to create more space when expanded. The bag comes lined in a patchwork of recycled clothing fabric, finished with webbing handles, an artisan golden metal orb and golden orb engraved studs. The Handle length is 60cm. Due to the nature of the recycled fabrics used in the making of this bag they will have some marks, from their former life, and slight variations in colour from the image shown.