Our stunning fashion conscious bags and accessories are handmade under fair trade principles by a company called ‘Lua’ in Vietnam.
In their own words…
‘The majority of our products are designed in the UK and come to life using the talents of local craftspeople in Vietnam.
We are an independent family-run business and most of our products are produced in partnership with local small business in Vietnam. Our ties with Vietnam have grown stronger over the last 17 years of trading and we visit regularly, sometimes with our children who share our love of travelling and making new friends. We continue to visit our suppliers at least twice a year and:
- Pay a fair price for our products as agreed with our suppliers which ensures the workers themselves are paid a fair wage and enjoy good working conditions.
- Many of our products are hand-made by women working either in a small, light workshop on the outskirts of Hanoi or at home so that they can work around family commitments. The workers are paid sick leave and, health insurance is provided for older workers. Bonuses are paid after each season and, in summer, a holiday to the beach is organised by our main partner for all the workers and their families. The regular work provided enables women from largely rice farming rural areas to improve their families’ living conditions and to send their children to school and possibly even higher education.
- Our main technicians have worked with Lua for 17 years and provide excellent training and mentoring to new workers as well as tremendous experience and craftsmanship in developing new products.
Since 2010, we have provided sponsorship to children supported by the Kianh Foundation, a small grass-roots charity based in the UK which addresses the drastic need for improved health and education services for disabled children and adults living in the Quang Nam province of Central Vietnam – an area heavily bombed during the war. Lua currently sponsors the education and daily care of Nho, a shy 11 year boy with developmental delays who attends the Dien Ban Day Centre. Nho, who came to the Centre having never spoken his entire life and at first unresponsive, is now growing in confidence and showing himself to be a charming, happy little boy who is now beginning to speak in whole sentences. For more information, please visit www.kianh.org.uk