Sass & Bide has been working with the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative since 2012. The purpose of this movement is to engage artisans and micro-producers from areas across sub-Saharan Africa.

Artisan.Fashion is an African production company that combines artisan creativity and production with careful consideration for social impact. It aims to empower women through trade, ownership and commerce.

Other renowned international labels that have partnered with the Kenya-based Artisan.Fashion include Karen Walker, Mimco and Stella McCartney.

“Historically, much of the social value in our industry has been in the actual production process,” says Robin MacAndrew, Artisan.Fashion Managing Director. “However, as we know, recently much of this value has been eroded by less-than-fair labour environments in heavily mechanised factories grinding out fast fashion commodities.”

“Now, with the support of friends such as Sass & Bide, we are putting some positive social impact back into our industry’s value chain. Together, we are proud to be creating market access for thousands of Africa’s talented artisans.”

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Sass & Bide and the Ethical Fashion Initiative first collaborated in 2013, when Sass & Bide creators Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton (who have since left the label) travelled to Kenya in to meet the artisans who are part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative.

This video gives a little more insight into the inspiration behind the design and the way these beautiful products are produced.

As demonstrated, Sass & Bide remains committed to working with ethically-approved suppliers.

On March 14, the beloved Australian label launched its fifth limited-edition Ethical Fashion range, which includes travel bags, shoppers, clutches and keyrings created from various products sourced in Africa. What’s not to love?

The colourful and embellished accessories are the perfect way to brighten up any outfit. There’s definitely space in your wardrobe for one of these clutches!

The Made with Love, Made in Africa collection is now available for purchase online and in stores across Australia.

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