At ESPEROS, we deeply care how things are made (look inside our operations). And we hope, after reading each Friendly Friday post, you have started to care about how your products are made and who your products are made by as well. Maybe even, some of you have dreamt of a world where only responsibly made products existed. What if we told you that this dream of yours (and ours) is becoming a reality?
No longer do you have to look extensively into a company’s supply chain to see if their products are made ethically—not for purses or accessories at least. Today’s Friendly Friday is proud to feature Purse & Clutch!
Purse & Clutch is a Fair Trade Handbag Boutique that carefully selects its products based on ethical principles, craft, and quality. Purse & Clutch partners with artisans around the world who make a living off of the bags they design, create and sell. *Note--these partnerships aren't like any partnership. Purse & Clutch operates off of a set of ethical principles, so you can be sure that these artisans are treated with dignity, respect, and are paid fairly for their region. On average, every $200 spent in their shop employs an artisan full time for a MONTH!
Not only are these handbags made responsibly, they are extremely affordable and adorable too.
Every bag in the Purse & Clutch shop is under $100 and, if we are being honest, just as fashionable (if not more) than anything you’ll find in the average Austin-boutique.
Ladies, who’s with me when I say that it’s hard enough to find an affordable handbag. It’s like the whole world decided it would be funny to make every cute handbag extremely unaffordable. Purse & Clutch has somehow managed to not only find affordable and cute handbags (a deal breaker in itself) — but they
are socially responsible too. A dream come true for those who care where their products are made!!
Purse & Clutch was officially born in 2011 after Jen Lewis realized the need for sustainable job opportunities around the world. From building orphanages in Bolivia, to experiencing socially responsible business models with Fair Trade Bolivian Coffee Sales, to teaching in Honduras, to volunteering with Manos Extendidas Honduras, Jen has a heart for people and an itch to transform lives. She’s the read deal!
What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time business and Jen hasn't stopped moving forward since. Jen is incredibly passionate about transforming lives and empowering artisans around the globe—its so encouraging to see her devotion towards ethical fashion. Check out Purse & Clutch's blog here, and their website here. Happy (Ethical) Shopping!!
*all photos from www.purseandclutch.com
Written by Grace Mueller
Spring 2015 Intern