Behno is known for its positive initiatives, such as the Garment Worker Project, which aims to reveal the less visible facets of fashion by crediting those behind each design. The label also ensures minimal environmental impact by sourcing sustainable materials and recycling any production waste while using energy-saving machinery in its factory. Behno also partnered with the National Down Syndrome Society. Most recently, Punjya designed a capsule collection that benefits the NDSS with items like a tote dubbed the Nini inspired by his sister, who has Down syndrome.
This handbag brand was founded in 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It employs women artists, and social impact is at the heart of the brand, working closely with the Lidia Hope Centre, a non-profit supporting over 400 families living in Dhaka slums, offering embroidery training to women, and providing schooling to their children.
Specializing in belt bags, HFS Collective makes their bags in a small, family-run factory a few miles from their office in Los Angeles. They are committed to sourcing innovative, animal and earth-friendly materials.
A A K S
A A K S was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi with the goal of creating sustainable jobs within Africa and introducing her favourite weaving technique done by women of Ghana. All bags are handcrafted in Ghana, and the durable and vibrant designs of these are unique and beautiful. Authenticity, skill and ethics are all critical components of the brand.
The brand Kayu uses quality and natural materials such as straw that have been harvested, stripped and dyed by hand to make their bags and hats. Most straw is made with plastic, but Kayu’s fades with time giving it a unique look, and eventually, the straw biodegrades on its own. They also use vegetable leather to make their sandals, which is made using only natural and organic tannins with no chemicals. Factory scraps are also upcycled into small accessories, and some are donated to use as fertilizer. These high qualities, timeless pieces are made to last year after year.
Edun is led by a creative collective in New York and works with different partners throughout Africa, including Lulea and Ibaba, a cooperative that aims for women's empowerment and economic support in Rwanda. They sell stunning pieces with ‘leather’ made from pineapple fibres and handles made from carved recycled wood.