To create our bags we work with two brothers in India called Pinu and Manish who we visit every year. Pinu and Manish share responsibility such as sourcing materials, distributing the work between the communities, paying tailors and managing production.
Our Carnival Collection is made from recycled leather and cotton that has been wasted by factories within a 140km radius of where the bags are made. If not collected, this leather could otherwise end up in landfill. The brothers travel around making arrangements with the owners, offering to pay for the wasted scraps and end of roll material. Most of them are wealthy, busy business owners and it is a great challenge reaching them in order to make any arrangements.
We have 60 families (just over 100 tailors) producing the bags for us. They live in small communities within a 60km radius of the brothers home. Many of the tailors are ex shoe makers that lost their jobs in the trade shift to China. All tailors are paid a fair commission, with living wage realistically achievable within normal working hours, they work from home and have complete working flexibility. Flexible work is great for them as it means they can work around other commitments such as university or parenting.
The machinery, tools and electricity (when used) is all supplied to them by Pinu and Manish.
We do not use any child, elderly or forced labour. Workers set their own deadlines for what they can produce, meaning no pressure is put on them to meet our deadlines. We also keep work availability consistent by building up stock during quiet times.
Choto is the master tailor for this operation, he trains fellow tailors, creates our templates and turn our designs into reality. Chotu has had a life long career as a tailor.