Sass & Bide is set to launch its fifth ethical fashion range this month.
After a brief hiatus, the brand has partnered with Kenya based Artisan.Fashion for the latest venture.
Artisan.Fashion, a member of the Fair Labor Association, engages artisans and micro-producers from areas across sub-Saharan Africa.
Sass & Bide has previously collaborated with communities stretching from Maasai Mara to Laikipia.
The fifth limited-edition venture will include travel bags, shoppers, clutches and key rings.
Bags start from $195 and peak at $395 and will be available from boutiques, online and select Myer concessions.
The accessories are created from various locally sourced products including:
- 100% East African farmed cotton weaved in Nairobi.
- Full grain Kenyan cow leather, tassel tops. These are made in the artisan community from recycled brass, car engine parts, taps and padlocks.
- Ceramic beads. The for these clay comes from the foothills of Mount Kenya and then processed in Nairobi where each bead is hand-rolled, sun dried and hand painted/glazed.
Kazuri Beads' Leonida Okelo said the work is important to her community.
"I am a 43-year-old widowed mother of three.
"All my children depend on me to provide food, shelter, clothes, education and other essential needs.
"We received the Sass & Bide order from Artisan.Fashion, which gave us hope for continued work.
"I used my income to pay rent and to save for future use.”