Jamila Hubbard - Mad Imports

Finalist of the The Most Socially Responsible Handbag

United States

2008 Finalist Jamila Hubbard Mad Imports


What country are your bags manufactured?

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
Currently, Mad Imports funds the education of the children of our weaver partners, provides educational materials for orphans, offers product design and market readiness workshops. We are also a member of the Fair Trade Federation and are working on 100% sustainability for our raw materials.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
Mad Imports was started as and outgrowth of a Madagascar-based development project. In the past I have struggled with my love of fashion and my socially conscious philosophies. Through Mad Imports I am able to combine them.

How have your bags impacted this community?
Many families and individuals have benefited from our workshops and the educational materials we provide for the orphanage. We have also provided work, in a time and place where work is scarce, for hundreds of farmers, dyers, weavers, and sewers.

What is your design philosophy?
I want women to embrace our power and beauty. Looking our best and feeling great about where and how our clothes and accessories were produced is a big step.

See other finalists from the 2008 handbag awards