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 brand also guarantees minimal environmental impact by sourcing sustainable materials and recycling production waste, while using energy-efficient machinery in its factory. Behno has also partnered with the National Down Syndrome Society. More recently, Punjya designed a capsule collection that benefits NDSS with items like a bag named the Nini inspired by her sister, who has Down syndrome.
This handbag brand was founded in 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She employs women artists and social impact is at the heart of the brand, working in conjunction with the Lidia Hope Center, a non-profit organization that supports more than 400 families living in the slums of Dhaka, offers embroidery training. women and educate their children.
Specializing in bags around the waist, HFS Collective manufactures its bags in a small family-run factory a few miles from its Los Angeles office. This brand is committed to sourcing innovative materials that respect animals and the earth.
AAKS was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi with the aim of creating sustainable jobs in Africa and showcasing his favorite weaving technique performed by women in Ghana. All bags are handcrafted in Ghana and the durable and vibrant designs of these are unique and beautiful. Authenticity, competence, and ethics are all key elements of the brand.
The Kayu brand uses quality and natural materials such as harvested, pickled, and hand-dyed straw to make their bags and hats. Most of the straw is made of plastic but Kayu's will fade over time giving it a unique look and eventually the straw will biodegrade on its own. The brand also uses vegetable leather to make its sandals, which are made only from natural and organic tannins without chemicals. Factory waste is also recycled into small accessories and some are donated for use as fertilizer. These high-quality, timeless pieces are made to last year after year.
Edun is led by a creative collective in New York that works with different partners across Africa, including Lulea and Ibaba, a cooperative that aims for the empowerment and economic support of women in Rwanda. The brand sells stunning pieces with "leather" made from pineapple fibers and carved recycled wood handles.