For this collection the leather comes from abattoirs where the animals have come from small scale and community farming. These bags do not use any chemical tanning as this process has drastic effects on local water supplies and workers health. Our bags are tanned naturally in sunlight and oiled with vegetable oils.
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 the tailors.
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.
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.
This year we have decided to support Stand for Trees an organisation aimed at saving the worlds forest and preventing carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Click here for more information.