2017 FINALIST

Gbemsola Johnson - O'Eclat Designs

Finalist of the The Trickle Up Most Socially Responsible Handbag



Nigeria



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2017 Finalist Gbemsola Johnson O'Eclat Designs

Gbemsola Johnson FINALIST'S PROFILE

What country are your bags manufactured?
Nigeria

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
We are socially responsible because we work with unemployed indigenous skilled artisans who are unable to set up their workshop due to inadequate funds. We provide a friendly workshop and pay them fair wages to ensure they are financially stable which in turn also attracts other artisans to the industry. We also use locally sourced materials to support local businesses within the country.

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
Yes, we work directly with local artisans. We guide them through the process and they bring our designs to life.

Working Conditions. (Are the manufacturers/artisans that are being employed being treated humanely, of age, and working in safe and acceptable conditions? Please explain)
We work directly with our artisans from our small factory in Lagos Nigeria, where we manufacture all of our handbags to allow for a more personal relationship with each and everyone and to ensure they are treated fairly. All of our artisans are adults and apart from their weekly wages, all of our staff is entitled to housing and health allowance.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
I choose to produce all of my handbag designs from my home country because Nigeria is full of great and amazing talents and opportunities and I am very proud of my culture and heritage. I want to be able to change the narrative by preserving our traditional techniques and heritage and also give back by employing young skilled artisans who might have been on the streets jobless and paying them to help sustain themselves and their families.

Bag Description
MILA CLUTCH Mila Clutch features leather frame, closes with magnetic snap button and comes with a inner zipped compartment Fully lined with print fabric. Dust bag inclusive Approx. measurement 13"W, 10"H 4"D inch $60

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