Vivienne Westwood launches Ethical Africa bags

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  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2014

BRITISH designer Vivienne Westwood (pic) has revealed a new line of ethical bags made in Africa from recycled materials.

Fashion has been experiencing a boom in all things African, from the recent Guinness adverts starring Congolese “sapeurs” (members of Congolese Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant Persons

or SAPE) to Diesel and Edun’s African denim-based capsule collection manufactured entirely in Africa with the finest Ugandan CCI cotton.

Now, the 72-year-old Westwood, never one to miss out on either a trend or an opportunity to help push forward ethical fashion, has designed a new range of recycled bags which has been handmade in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Available in different styles from unisex rucksacks to totes and zipped clutches, the bags are manufactured from recycled canvas, reused roadside banners, and leather off-cuts and were carefully constructed by communities of women affected by extreme poverty.

Set to launch this week via ASOS with prices starting at a rather reasonable £58 (about RM300), they’re an affordable and ethical way to shop the Africa trend. – AFP Relaxnews

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