Navy Velvet Juliet Purse
Navy Velvet Juliet Purse
Navy Velvet Juliet Purse
Navy Velvet Juliet Purse

Navy Velvet Juliet Purse

Regular price£10.00

This botanical printed cotton velvet purse is generously sized and features an outer zipped pocket and satin fabric lining.

Handmade by skilled artisans through a fair trade project in Vietnam, providing vital income for many disadvantaged families.

Size approximately 16cm wide x 11cm deep.

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This navy Juliet purse is made in a plush cotton velvet and features a vibrant tropical floral print.

Key features include:-

Large enough to accommodate a standard size phone
Coloured zip fastening with metal tab and ribbon detail
Woven canvas piping
Outer zip pocket with ribbon detail
Satin fabric lining

Size approximately 16cm wide x 11cm deep.

Designed in the UK and handmade in Northern Vietnam by a fair trade certified organisation. Earth Squared has been working closely with this organisation since 2002. All employees are over 18 years old; are paid 4 times the national minimum wage and all working conditions abide by fair trade criteria.

Almost all of the artisans who make the products were originally rice farmers earning a subsistent, irregular and inconsistent wage. The rice farmers in Vietnam are very dependent on the weather and other environmental factors out of their control. Working from dawn until dusk the farmers are still unable to earn enough money to feed their families and send their children to school.

Working as a seamstress or in quality control, for example, a person can earn a good standard of living and also send their children to school and on to higher education. In addition producers pay national insurance for each staff member that covers medical costs and provides a pension for retirement all of which is above the national legal requirements.

All of the women working are trained on the job at a workshop in Hanoi. Each person is encouraged to progress and learn new skills so that they can be promoted. The working conditions at the workshops are clean and safe and the staff have regular breaks and days off work. There is flexibility for mothers who breastfeed as well as a system in place for women who are unable to come to work due to a child being ill and off school for example.

Earth Squared have also worked with partners to create a workshop for women with minor disabilities (and who might otherwise find limited opportunities for work) where all of their purses are made. The company gives disadvantaged women the opportunity and support to improve their lives through secure work, training and a healthy working life giving them financial security and self confidence.

Earth Squared is a registered member of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS).

About the Brand

The idea for Earth Squared came after founder, Alison Henderson, returned from two years’ volunteering in social projects in Guatemala. Passionate about social justice and with a head for business, Alison wanted to start a fair trade business with an emphasis very much on blending modern design with traditional weaving and embroidery skills. The result is a range of ethically made fashion accessories that appeal to all ages.

All Earth Squared products are designed at their offices in the market town of Haddington near Edinburgh, and produced through a fair trade project in Northern Vietnam.

The Company is a registered member of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS).

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