Bags and Purses
Brands that provide Bags and Purses that have been produced ethically.
Featured Bags and Purses Brands
Designs by Bottletop are a work of art for the craftsman and consumer alike. Blending design with technique across cultures, Bottletop creates collections that celebrate true craftsmanship. A timeless ‘created by hand’ aesthetic. The creation of Bottletop products not only enhance the techniques of some of the most highly skilled artisans from around the world but our training programs enable others to join them, supporting themselves and their families in the process.
The Bottletop Foundation (100% funded by Bottletop) empowers disadvantaged young people to take control of their lives through health education and vocational training projects; in turn supporting their wider communities. We tackle sensitive issues including the prevention of HIV/AIDS, unplanned teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, gender inequality, low self-esteem and vocational skills deficits. Our vision is for all young people worldwide to be equipped with the necessary health education, transferable skills and self-confidence necessary to make healthy, informed choices and achieve their full potential.
Founded in Australia in 1995, Thought, (formerly Braintree Clothing) launched in the UK in 2002.
Their thoughtful clothing collections borrow from nature and the world around us. Both in the fabrics they use and their design inspiration. From seed to stitch, every unique piece has been carefully crafted. Always using sustainable, natural fabrics. And always designed so they're effortless to wear.
Think. Discover. Roam. Do it all at wearethought.com.
Mayamiko is a women's wear and life style brand, producing clothes, accessories and homeware, lovingly made in Malawi. Mayamiko’s collections are cross-seasonal and are inspired by artisanal traditions, with ethical trading and sustainability at the core. Alongside statement African textiles, Mayamiko took its commitment to sustainable materials forwards by introducing GOTS certified organic cotton pieces and upcycled textiles. Mayamiko also collaborates with artisans all over the globe such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Kenya and Italy on bespoke collections. Mayamiko’s profits are re-invested in the community through the work of the Mayamiko Trust, a charity that provides knowledge and skills disadvantaged women need to grow their own businesses and improve their communities.
Tiger Lily is an independent retailer specialising in providing a mix of ethical clothing and fashion brands, vegan leather ethical handbags and wallets, funky accessories and gifts to shoppers throughout the UK. We also stock a beautiful and contemporary range of costume, gemstone and silver jewellery. We a have two stores located in Bristol and Ludlow, Shropshire and in case you can't get to those we have a webiste through which you can order the same great quality items.
A stylish collection of British-made bags, scarves, belts and accessories inspired by Britain’s creative and cultural heritage, made using natural raw materials such as English vegetable tanned leather, Scottish wool tweed, solid brass and pewter.
Matt & Nat
A stylish collection bags for men and women made without using animal products or animal by-products. Each item contains at least one recycled element, the linings are made from 21 recycled plastic bottles.
Fairly traded handbags, scarves and jewellery all made in Africa. After a visit to her native South West Uganda Ida Horner quit her job in London and set by ethnic supplies, to support women in Eastern Africa.
100% Vegan collection including; shoes, bags, belt and accessories all of which are hand made in the UK.
Beautifully handmade shoes crafted using leather, eco tan leather using toxin-free colours and animal friendly Lorica. They also make belts, bags and bracelets. All materials are sourced in the UK.
NV London – Calcutta
NV London Calcutta has a selection of beautiful bags made from canvas, leather and silk that are designed in the UK and produced in India. Workers are paid a fair wage and work in a healthy environment.
Eco friendly bags and outdoor accessories which have been designed to meet your travelling needs, whether it be a rucksack to take on the plane, or a daypack for hiking over the moors. Each bag is made using eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester.
Embellished Truth Handbags
Each handbag is made using the finest eco-friendly leather which has been vegetable tanned in Europe. The tanning process is free from chrome and other heavy metals and uses vegetable substances which are harvested in a sustainable way. The end result is beautifully soft, breathable and biodegradable leather.
Fashion ComPassion is an online ethical fashion retailer working with socially conscious, luxury fashion brands from the developing world. Our mission is to create social change through fashion and give a voice and platform to brands and products created by skilled women artisans.
ll’s Fair is run by Joanna Pollard. Joanna has been working in fair trade since setting up the business in 2005 during a trip to Mexico, and has been an active campaigner in local fair trade groups as well as serving on the Board of BAFTS – The UK Fair Trade Network from 2011 to 2017. In April 2021 Joanna was appointed as Chair of the National Fairtrade Campaigner Committee.
AURA QUE products are individually hand-crafted in Nepal using local materials such as buffalo leather, banana yarn and hand-woven cotton. Each design is brought to life in a Nepalese factory that employs local people, according to fair trade principles.
From The Source
From The Source fair trade and ethical fashion accessories – exclusive and high quality products brought to you directly from the producers. Products that provide skilled work and livelihoods for women and marginalised communities in some of the poorest countries in the world.
The designers featured on this site create beautiful products and responsible companies. They’ve invested time and resources in being as planet- and people-friendly as possible. Some of the commitments they’ve made? Sourcing ecologically responsible materials, developing sustainable production processes, treating their workers well, and giving to charity.
Our mission: To make a positive, long term, sustainable change to the communities that produce our products and the children that receive our school kits. One Elephant…One Idea. Bags, purses, wallets, ipad holders and more….
Doodle Bag is an online shop and design tool, through which you can create, upload or modify artwork to be printed onto your very own eco-bag. We stock all kinds of bags, t-shirts, baby clothes, and even underwear, all fair-trade and ethically sourced. You think it and we print it!
All Bobelle’s handbags are made in England using the finest leathers and hardware available. Recognising that women want durability and value from their accessories without compromising on style, BoBelle London’s collection strives to work around these ideals, with crisp designs and chic detailing.
We are a fashion accessories brand, which creates beautiful, hand-made jewellery and leather goods in our Kenyan workshop. We operate under ethical and fair trade principles.
Girl With Beads
The girlwithbeads range includes unique handmade bags from flat caps, suit jackets and vintage fabrics. T-shirts & hoodies customised with vintage ties and braces that are available for men, women and children. Plus, fun accessories like giant button brooches, bow tie hair clips and bunting necklaces.
Unique bags, handwoven in Mexico to the highest quality.
Bags, clutches, ipad covers and more. If we are able to save, promote and make these treasures available to a wider public, we will also help to revive traditional skills, promote self-sufficiency and encourage education.
Threads of Peru
Threads of Peru is a non-profit organization that connects the world to handmade Peruvian textiles; helping to preserve ancient craft techniques and empower indigenous artisans.
DUBARUBA is a platform for the finest contemporary African and Africa-inspired products. Most of the products are unique handmade items that come from small producers. Some have already attained a modicum of renown in their respective countries or internationally, while others are new or have not yet been discovered internationally but are ready to be discovered
Issara is the brainchild of Rosh, an avid traveller and corporate escapee. Like many others, she experienced the near impossibility of finding a good looking, well-made and functional leather bag that didn’t cost a fortune. Years later during a serendipitous foray into a small Javanese leather workshop, her back-of-napkin sketches were brought to life by skilled craftsmen using traditional methods.
So Just Shop
So Just Shop brings together and supports small, creative, women-led artisan businesses from throughout the world, enabling you to browse and shop for high quality and unique products all in one place and to discover the stories behind the product.
Global Good Partners
Catherine and Joan were inspired to found Global Goods Partners to create effective income-generation opportunities for women and their communities through access to the consumer market for handmade, fair trade products.
SAHEL began in the desert of Burkina Faso where Charlie lived for seven years among the Fulani. Horse lovers by tradition, Fulani horse harnesses have strong braided straps which are hand woven by highly skilled leather workers. All SAHEL bags and accessories employ this unique Fulani skill, evoking equine elegance and strength. SAHEL is committed to the preservation of traditional skills and revival of artisanal livelihoods. We adhere to Fair Trade principles and invest in our West African artisans’ communities, providing better access to health care, clean water and primary education.
Paga Bags is an Eco-Fashion Social Company that produces and markets handbags, accessories and jewellery made of recycled and organic materials in collaboration with local women associations and artisans in Burkina Faso.
Our products are made from reclaimed plastic drinking water and ice-cream sachets which we do not reprocess in any way apart from cleaning. This has the benefit that very little energy is used in order to add value to material that would otherwise be dumped or burned. In addition, by incorporating the original and complete sachets into our products, it demonstrates in a very visible way that it is possible to increase the life span of plastic packaging and so help to tackle the very serious problem of environmental pollution in Africa and elsewhere.
TO THE MARKET
TTM showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. By assisting local partners around the world in bringing these goods “to the market,” we take an active role in equipping the survivors they employ with economic independence, while raising awareness of the challenges that they face.
Here you will find accessories, clothing and more sent directly from the best independent designers and ethical businesses in the UK. We’re very strict about which sellers and products we list ensuring that our sellers adhere to our ethical standards knowing you’ll always find something you love, without having to sacrifice style or design.
We love to make recycled, ethical clothing out of pre-loved cashmere knitwear. Our original Turtle Doves recycled gloves are still our best-seller but we are always busy creating new designs and seeking out new fabrics to recycle.
We are one of the first 100% vegan and sustainable -minded men’s bag store. We reach out to all men who are modern, masculine and independent.
Each of our bag has a story to tell. A story on how it is made, what materials have been used for it, who has made it and how the price of the bag is built up.
A love affair with India has evolved into Mata Traders – a design driven, fair trade brand helping to end global poverty and inspire ethical companies and consumers to change the fashion industry.
A wide selection of stylish fashion clothing for all occasions including: dresses, tops, knitwear, skirts, eveningwear, coats, suits, jackets and more. Styles to suit a variety of tastes from classic to vintage and more in between: recycled and upcycled. This is sustainable ethical fashion at it's best.Women's Ethical Clothing
If you're looking for something eco or ethical to wear for dress down friday, a casual weekend or holiday, you'll find it here. Tops, t-shirts, jeans, trousers from mainly fairtrade and organic cotton.Men's Ethical Fashion
Green fashion for kids is fun and made mainly from natural fibres including organic cotton and Fairtrade cotton. From baby to early teens, there's something to make all kids happy. Bright colours, animals, fun shapes that children can wear all year round.Kids Green Clothing
A treasure trove of accessories from around the world can be found here. A vast selection of jewellery including necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings to shoes, hats, bags, handbags and scarves. Whatever your style, these items will complete any outfit.Eco-Friendly Accessories
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