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Vivienne Westwood's Ethical Africa Collection Defines "Fashion Karma"

April 4, 2012 by Avery Spofford
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Vivienne Westwood is one hip, hip lady, man.

The kooky Brit best known for her punk-influenced styles and devoted love of the motherland (she even has a diffusion line named “Anglomania”) has stepped way, way out of her comfort zone, delivering a line of bags with nary a safety pin or patch of plaid in sight.

For the second time, Westwood has partnered with the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Program of the United Nations to provide jobs and income to rural African villages through the production of her Ethical Fashion Africa collection. The clutches, totes, and caryalls are handmade by impoverished women in Kenya, all of whom are “empowered by the pride they take in their work and new skills learnt” (per Westwood’s site), benefiting both the women themselves and their communities at large. The line uses recycled materials and organic cotton canvas, which we think makes them a perfectly apropos purchase this Earth Month (that’s this month, litterbug).

Browse the bags in the slideshow above, or head to Westwood’s site to view the whole collection (prices are between $150 for the Bark Flower Clutch and $435 for the Chaos Weekender).

For more eco-fashion news, check out FEED bags’ past partnership with Gap and their Halloween collex.

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