Ileana Quinones - ARTISANS OF IQ

Finalist of the The Conscious Magazine Most Socially Responsible Handbag

United States

2018 Finalist Ileana Quinones ARTISANS OF IQ


What country are your bags manufactured?

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
My bags are socially responsible because we give solid work opportunity to 4 different groups of underserved women in Cambodia that where struggling to provide for their families until they started making handbags for us. We are committed to preserving the craftsmanship and trade growth of these women. Currently the artisans are being able to provide a better quality of life for their children and educating them selves as part of our profits are being invested into education and business opportunities for them.

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
Yes we work with talented women artisans in Cambodia that use ancient handcrafting techniques and indigenous materials to craft these exclusive handbags. We are very involved in the design process and often travel to Cambodia to train the women on how to craft new designs and beautiful silk tassels and pom poms that are used as trimming to decorate each bag.

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 visit the artisans homes and villages to make sure they work in a dignified work environment, no child labor and work within the fair and ethical principles of labor.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
I was introduced to Cambodia a few years ago after my father passed away, he was a Vietnam Veteran that spoke so much about the war and how this small Buddhist country and it's people suffered so much because of it. I decided to visit in his memory and fell in love with the magic of Cambodia and the pureness and heart of the Cambodian people. In my first visit I meet many women that where very resourceful making small handmade items to sell tourist in the streets, struggling everyday trying to make a living. I wanted to help them and give them a voice it was the driving force that motivated me too create ARTISANS OF IQ a ethical and sustainable luxury accessory brand dedicated to empowering and uplifting woman artisans.

Bag Description
ARTISANS OF IQ \Nolita Romani"made from Water Hyacinth decorated with 30 silk pom poms and natural seedsSR $490"""

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