Interview with Sarah’s Bag founder

We have posted about this incredible brand before and were over the moon when Sarah’s Bag founder Sarah Beydoun shared some insight into her story with us. Beydoun is a passionate entrepreneur and leader, with a brand dedicated to empowering women. Have a look at what she had to say about her incredible brand below…

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Ethical accessory spotlight: Sarah’s Bag

Sarah’s Bag is a Lebanese fashion house and social enterprise that creating one-of-a- kind luxury hand crafted bags and accessories which empower both the women who make them and the women who wear them.

Born and raised in Beirut, Founder and creative director Sarah Beydoun designs handbags and accessories that are known for incredibly intricate craftsmanship, attention to detail and vibrant, high-spirited appeal.

Launched 18 years ago Sarah’s Bag brings together the founders love of fashion and design with the mission to empower underprivileged women. Read more…

Oscars 2018 Ethical Style

For Oscars Sunday, I wore a jumpsuit by Fame and Partners, a gorgeous clutch from Sarah’s Bag and beautiful jewellery by Twila True. The fine jewellery line celebrates the beauty of the mind, heart, soul and body, inspired by the wealth of cultural influences, bold colours, and precious native resources of the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation.

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STYLE FILE: Maison De Mode Honours Suzy Amis Cameron Event, Los Angeles

My gorgeous dress for tonight is from NYC brand AMUR! The brands name stands for Mindful Use of Resources (AMUR) and was born from the concept that great style does not have to come at the expense of our environment. In the words of creative director Sofia Shannon “Nature is the ultimate luxury…” and the interplay between creativity and the environment is essential to her worldview. AMUR believes that design can strike a balance between beauty and good intentions. 

Dress – Amur | Hand bagSarah’s Bag | Ring  – ADORN | Photo credit – Brandon Hickman

Materials are such a huge part of the sustainable conversation, and with AMUR all materials are sourced with an eye toward environmental good, whether organic and natural fabrics, reclaimed fibers that conserve material resources or trims made by artisan collectives in the developing world.The brands’ commitment to sustainability goes down to the fiber itself.

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Cotton series part 1: ASOS Eco Edit and Better Cotton Initiative

Cotton. It is one of the world’s largest and most valuable crops. As one of the most commonly used fibres – nearly everyone on earth comes into contact with cotton in some form every single day  – cotton has long been under the critical spotlight when it comes to assessing its true sustainability in the face of scarce resources. With around 300 million people worldwide depending on it for their livelihoods when managed properly, it is a flexible, renewal natural resource used for food, packaging, medical supplies and – of course – the textile industry.

However, right now, it doesn’t have the best reputation. After all conventional cotton makes up only 3% of the world’s total agriculture production but consumes 25% of the world’s insecticides and 10% of the world’s pesticides, and it takes 2700 litres of water to produce a conventional cotton t-shirt. A resource-intensive natural material and the most commonly used fibre it’s no wonder that ASOS decided that it was time to pledge to reach 80% more sustainable cotton by 2020 and 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.

Part of the Eco Edit – Cos caring for the planet is cool’ – these ASOS WHITE Dungarees fall within their collaboration with the ‘Better Cotton Initiative, a non-profit working to improve cotton farming globally and battle the negative impacts of mainstream cotton production. Cotton is currently considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides, so what does this phrase ‘Better Cotton’ even mean?

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Ethical causes you can support this Valentine’s Day

Ways to pay it forward this Valentine’s Day?

From bags which support humanitarian causes to shoes providing treats to school kids in need, make this Valentine’s Day about someone around the world who deserves love! Here is a list of organisatons and brands spreading the love and inviting you to do the same…

Sézane Demain

Following the success of its La Femme t-shirt last year (which saw 150,000€ raised for UN Women – working to protect women’s rights since 2010), and to mark its 5th anniversary, fashion brand Sézane has launched Demain. The charity initiative will help Sézane raise funds of over 1 million Euros in 2018, to go towards concrete projects that will improve access to education, culture, and equal opportunities for children around the world.

On the 21st of each month, a new design will be introduced, the profits from which will go directly to the partner charities for DEMAIN. In addition, 10% of sales that day will be donated to the projects supported by DEMAIN. From worn and loved Sézane pieces to prototypes and samples: everything will be sold in the new charity boutique to support our DEMAIN projects. You can ‘donate’ by ordering a t-shirt here.

Charity Retail Association

If each UK household donated one extra black bin bag of clothing, we could save 25 million bags from landfill and raise over £740 million for charity. Clothes which cannot be sold in-store can be sold to textile merchants to raise money for good causes. Donate to a local charity shop here.

Environmental Justice Foundation

By providing film and advocacy training to partners in the global south EJF protects the natural environment and the people and wildlife that depend upon it by empowering local communities to investigate, expose and peacefully resolve abuses.

EJF campaigns internationally on the issues our grassroots partners work locally to solve including cotton production, pirate fishing, shrimp farming, pesticides, wildlife and climate refugees. EJF’s campaigns have brought about crackdowns on modern slavery, human trafficking & pesticides. Could there be a more relevant cause right now? Donate here.

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