Support your local and international artisans! Quality craftsmanship and long-term durability is hard to find in most consumer products today because of the increased availability of inexpensive, cheap materials. These bags are all unique in their design; incorporating natural materials, repurposed fabrics and handcrafted elements that will last a life time. Check out my post on Buying Eco-Friendly Clothing for helpful tips on how to shop with a eco-conscious mindset!
All of the brands listed below are sourced from Etsy, a e-commerce website where artisans sell handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. It is a great place to support these talented companies and individuals!
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My Cotton House has proven to be a brand that offers the best of both worlds: luxury and environmental-consciousness. Their handmade bags are made of cotton fabrics, exclusive Harris Tweed wool from Scotland and Portuguese cork.
Made in Bali, Infinity Wears generates high quality, handmade leather wallets, fanny packs and bags in the ever-popular Boho style. Accentuated with detailed designs on both sides of the wallet, Infinity Wears’ wallets are practical art pieces that will last a lifetime.
Inspired by cinematic musicals such as, The Sound of Music, Max Carpetbag Works creates regal purses and bags that look as though they jumped right out of a Mary Poppins set. These elegant chenille carpet purses feature genuine leather handles and heavy cotton canvas lining… This is purse that is practically perfect in every way.
Inspired by family traditions, Terry Lischka designs one-of-a-kind, up-cycled bags bursting at the seams with character. SMS incorporates functionality with a purpose, creating unique bags using various fabrics and patterns with origins stemming from recycled wool suit coats and skirts.
5. Qisa Bags
Kato Ramishvili, a student and designer located in Tbilisi, Georgia, creates handcrafted suede and leather bags inspired by the country’s traditions. For over ten centuries, the “Qisa” has been the traditional pouch of Georgian culture and history. Ramishvili carries on this tradition, crafting a variety of stylish, high-quality bags and pouches.
Handmade in Bali, the Nomad NextDoor works directly with local artisans, who have made straw bags for generations, each bag purchased supporting them and their families. The popular Rattan, a round bag, is made from native Ata grass and lined with traditional Balinese Batik fabric, making this the ultimate beach-goer accessory.