For their latest collab with the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton have released a 3 piece accessory collection. The graphic, beaded bags are mega cute and verrrry Sass & Bide (the phrase “that’s so Sass & Bide” is uttered at least twice a day in my office). The clutch is a particular favourite and would look mighty nice all wrapped up under my x-mas tree, me thinks.
Care Factor: So while Sass & Bide are not an ethical manufacturer (and with the news that Myer has bought out the remaining shares of the business, this is unlikely to change), any partnership with the Ethical Fashion Initiative gets a big ol’ tick in my books. In short, it’s a super excellent program that teams top tier fashion brands (think Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood) with artisans in some of the poorest areas in the world including Kibera, Kenya (the largest urban slum in Africa). I really think it’s one of the smartest, coolest and most worthwhile programs going around. It makes sense right? High end designers need skilled artisans. You know who has skilled artisans? Africa, that’s who. Creating beautiful, desirable products while empowering poor communities – that’s what fashion should be doing.
Shop it here and watch the warm and fuzzy video of the designers’ last trip to Nairobi here.