2015 FINALIST

Eileen Garcia - Eileen Garcia

Finalist of the The FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT Most Socially Responsible Handbag



Mexico



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Eileen Garcia FINALIST'S PROFILE

What country are your bags manufactured?
Mexico

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
For these bags we worked with a village called Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo. There, they have their own local designs called Tenangos, which are handmade embroidery. We help them preserve this tradition. We make sure they are paid fairly and we reinvest part of the profits in more projects for them so that they can have consistent work. Our aim is to urge them to save money for their children's education.

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
Yes. We visit the village everytime we start a project and design together at workshops we organize with all the participants. It is somewhat difficult because some of them do not speak spanish, they have their local dialect, so we explain with drawings and mockups to make sure everybody understands and gets involved in the project. We also recommend other designers to work with them.

Working Conditions. (Are the manufacturers/artisans that are being employed being treated humanely, of age, and working in safe and acceptable conditions? Please explain)
Yes, we do not work at factories. All the artisans work at home and they organize their time. We make an agreement on due dates and encourage them to be as formal as possible.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
I chose this country because I am Mexican and I am very proud of our traditions and techniques. I want to be part of the preservation of our cultural heritage. I decided to give back because it is the way I want to help my country grow and have better conditions.

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