While I try to focus my shopping purchases on products that are ethically and sustainably sourced, I still admire and secretly covet the traditional designers out there. Rebecca Minkoff has long been a favorite of mine, with her line of handbags being my secret obsession. When I found out that Rebecca Minkoff had teamed up with the Piece & Co. I almost fainted from the pure excitement. Is this real life?
Piece & Co. is a non-profit group founded by Kathleen Wright in 2011, which works to bring artisan produced materials to designer brands. The female artisans working for Piece & Co. design raw materials and textiles that are then sourced to brands such as Nordstrom, J. Crew, and (now) Rebecca Minkoff. Through this partnership with Piece & Co., female artisans are given sustainable employment at fair wages, allowing them to escape the restraints of poverty and support themselves and their families.
These incredible new designs by Rebecca Minkoff and Piece & Co. are not only eye-catching, but supports female empowerment around the world. This is a handbag you can wear with pride, and I am so excited to see more brands working with this amazing non-profit. Small steps like these from big name designers are a message to the rest of the fashion industry that people care about how their products were made, and who made them! It is inspiring to see these kinds of collaborations between non-profits and for-profit groups, and hopefully it is partnerships like these that can bridge the gap between these two very different business practices. Maybe, just maybe, we can show the world that to make a profit, we do not have to sacrifice our compassion and ethics!