sass & bide was selected by the International Trade Centre (ITC), a United Nations body, to join a line-up including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Fendi in The Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) in 2012. ITC’s Ethical Fashion Initiative partners with the Kenya based Artisan.Fashion to engage artisans and micro-producers from areas across sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to empower women through trade, ownership and commerce.

sass & bide’s involvement is not a one season-only project, it’s a long-term commitment to collaborate with African talent while also helping to make fashion more fair.

By purchasing from the sass & bide collection we help make a difference to these artisan communities and for us that makes good business sense.Our brand has always been about heart and the love and appreciation that exists for beautifully designed pieces and we’re excited to launch our latest Ethical Fashion Limited Edition collection.



sass & bide have launched its 5th limited edition ethical fashion range produced by Artisan.Fashion. This social enterprise is the first African production company to successfully combine artisan creativity and production capability with a careful consideration for social impact.
 
This season's limited edition sass & bide Shopper, Travel Bag & Clutches are created from various locally sourced products including loomstate cotton canvas: 100% East African farmed cotton weaved in Nairobi, full grain Kenyan cow leather, tassel tops (made in the artisan community from recycled brass, car engine parts, taps and padlocks), ceramic beads (the clay comes from the foothills of Mount Kenya and is then processed in Nairobi where each bead is meticulously hand-rolled, sun dried and hand painted/glazed).
 



 

"Historically, much of the social value in our industry has been in the actual production process. However, as we know, recently much of this value has been eroded by less-than-fair labour environments in heavily mechanised factories grinding out fast fashion commodities. Now, with the support of friends such as sass & bide, we are putting some positive social impact back into our industry’s value chain. Together, we are proud to be creating market access for thousands of Africa’s talented artisans.”




sass & bide was selected by the International Trade Centre (ITC), a United Nations body, to join a line-up including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Ilaria Venturini Fendi in The Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) in 2012. ITC’s Ethical Fashion Initiative partners with the Kenya based Artisan.Fashion to engage artisans and micro-producers from areas across sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to empower women through trade, ownership and commerce.

sass & bide is committed to a continued collaboration with Africa’s talented artisans through Artisan.Fashion, a member of the Fair Labor Association dedicated to protecting workers’ rights.

As early pioneers of ethical fashion, sass & bide has created numerous sustainable pieces with African communities stretching from the Maasai Mara to Laikipia. We collaborate with Artisan.Fashion to produce travel bags, shoppers, clutches and keyrings.

sass & bide also prides themselves on working with ethically approved suppliers across ALL categories of the business eg. Gallery, Ready to Wear, Denim, Knits, Tees & Accoutrement.