This practical cobalt blue cross-body messenger bag has a stylish fern print and is made from a thick, cotton canvas. It features a woven canvas adjustable cross-body strap, full zip fastening and outer zip pocket. Fully-lined inside in a metallic satin fabric with interior zip pocket and elasticated pouch pocket.
Hand made by skilled artisans through a fair trade project in Vietnam.
Approximate size: 21.5cm wide x 23cm deep. Strap measures approximately 125cm when fully extended.
Lua visit their suppliers in Vietnam twice a year and therefore see themselves that they pay a full and fair price for their products. Prices are agreed in discussion with their Vietnamese partners who, in turn, ensure a fair wage and good working conditions for their workers. They are also confident that no young children are involved in the manufacture of their products. Lua have purposefully avoided a ‘designer’ image and price tag for their products and have always tried to balance a sustainable income for the workers with an affordably priced product for the retailer.
All Lua pieces are hand-made by women working in small villages either in small, clean, safe workshops or at home so that they can work according to their own and their families’ needs. Many workers come from rural rice farming communities where poverty is widespread. Working with Lua enables them to combine their farming obligations with a valuable additional source of income. The work is flexible so they are able to learn new tailoring skills and continue with their education if required and are also able to have time off for family commitments. Training is provided on the job in the workshop for the first two years to develop skills and experience. Higher rates are paid to the women who progress to more skilled work such as pattern cutting and embroidery. 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 for all the workers and their families. The regular work provided enables women from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their families’ living conditions and to send their children to higher education.
Since 2010, Lua are proud to have given a proportion of their income to the work of 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 sponsors the education and daily care of Ouy, a 12 year boy with Cerebral Palsy who attends the Dien Ban Day Centre. Ouy is now able to spend time with his friends there, is talking more clearly and his confidence is growing. For more information, please visit www.kianh.org.uk.
Lua is a family-run business in Warwickshire working in partnership with young entrepreneurs in Vietnam. Lua products are designed in the UK and then brought to life through the talents and resourcefulness of Vietnamese artisans with an emphasis on beautiful fabrics - silks, hemps, plush velvets and funky printed cottons in spots and florals.