2014 FINALIST

Aase Marie Hole - HAA

Finalist of the The FEED Most Socially Responsible Handbag



Norway



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2014 Finalist Aase Marie Hole HAA

Aase Marie Hole FINALIST'S PROFILE

What country are your bags manufactured?
Indonesia

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
We hire local craftspeople to build our product and our pay structure enables our employees to provide their families with a good quality of life. This Includes health care and education for the entire family. HAA the brand promotes and encourages socially responsible working hours by controlling production in a sustainable way. We believe in educating our crafters to be socially aware when sourcing and developing our pieces. Our crafts people are trained to be considerate to the global, humanitarian and environmental implications of producing each item. Through personal development and in-house training the people we work with are educated in commercial design, product development, and small business management. We donate 10 US dollars from every bag sold to a local educational program, http://www.rolefoundation.org/fashion-industry-skills-job-and-business-course/.

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
Yes. Every artisan that works for HAA is native. While I am the designer of the bags, we hire a local woman to carry out the small-scale production in a manner that is best for both the bag and the conditions for the employees. Our plan is to grow the local workforce as HAA develops.

Working Conditions - Are the manufacturers/artisans that are being employed being treated humanely, of age, and working in safe and acceptable conditions? Please explain.
Our pay structure enables our employees to provide their families with a good quality of life. This Includes health care and education for the entire family. HAA promotes and encourages socially responsible working hours by controlling production in a sustainable way.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
During my exploration of Indonesia in 2009 I realized that the country had great wealth of high quality craftsmanship and uniqueness in the leathers they produced. I saw that within this developing country there was a great opportunity to make a continued difference by investing in their talents, skills and the materials they produced. I am determined that it is possible to create an international fashion label with ethically sourced products and good working conditions for its staff. As HAA grows so does our ability to empower, educate and give back to the people we work with.

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