VESTI - Janjan Clutch 2

VESTI JanJan Clutch
This gorgeous clutch is made from natural banana fibres sustainably harvested in the Philippines and handwoven by the indigenous tribes in Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao Island. Its unique fuchsia and coral pink look comes from the natural dyes used, with the bark of local trees and flowers created by weavers. Hibanol weave is embellished with denim fabric and gold studs, giving a modern style to an indigenous tradition, this clutch also comes with 1 zip closure on top and 1 internal zip closure.

Cambio Market
Jerome Gagnon-Voyer and Gelaine Santiago are the socially conscious entrepreneurs who founded Cambio Market, collectively traveling to more than 25 countries and witnessing firsthand inequalities and social challenges in various countries had a huge impact on their future career. Both embarked on jobs in the corporate world did very well. After a few years and a series of promotions they both knew this was not their true calling so decided to launch an online directory for people to learn about social enterprises in the Philippines. This went so well they were inundated with requests to buy products listed, as a result they decided to launch Cambio Market which would help organisations grow their social impact by increasing their market reach.

One of the organisations Cambio Market works with is VESTI, a filipino social enterprise that combines indigenous fabrics and textiles from Mindanao with high-end modern fashion. Fabrics are woven by hand from natural fibres by skilled artisans which often take days or weeks to produce (some of which are so fragile they can only be woven at night!). VESTI products are wearable pieces of art incorporating centuries old traditions, perfect for ethically conscious fashionista of today. Each VESTI bag purchase helps to sustain the livelihood of local artisan weavers and promotes the beauty of a misunderstood region like Mindanao.

Another of the organisations Cambio Market works with is the Filipino lifestyle brand AKABA, which is committed to preserving and promoting indigenous culture in the Philippines. They work with the local weaving cooperatives to provide a sustainable livelihood to artisans in impoverished communities. In line with AKABA’s fair trade principles only ethical and responsibly sourced raw materials are used and every purchase provides a steady income to artisans in addition to supporting livelihood projects in partner communities.

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