Where Fashion Minded Meets Mindful

If you share our love for fashion as well as empowering women and communities; if you want to pay tribute to culture and heritage and carry a unique item, you’ve come to the right place!
Our story begins in 2015 in Sumatra. Here we began our work of not only reviving a dying art of traditional embroidery, but we married it with fresh, modern designs. The result? The stunning, ethically-fashionable bag collection called Banda Bags was born.

Our Values

Our Values

EMPOWERING
WOMEN

When women are empowered, communities thrive! We support girls who want to learn a trade...women who don’t want to settle for an arranged marriage...moms who want to be able to work from home…retirees who don’t want to labor outdoors anymore…aspiring fashion designers who want to showcase their talent to the world.

EMPOWERING
WOMEN

When women are empowered, communities thrive! We support girls who want to learn a trade...women who don’t want to settle for an arranged marriage...moms who want to be able to work from home…retirees who don’t want to labor outdoors anymore…aspiring fashion designers who want to showcase their talent to the world.

FAIR TRADE
FAIR PAY

In today’s fashionable world, fast and cheap seems to dominate. But have you considered the people who make the bags? What do you think they earn if you are paying so little for an item? That is not the narrative here at Banda Bags. Everyone deserves the right for fair pay, fair trade and fair labor practices.

FAIR TRADE
FAIR PAY

In today’s fashionable world, fast and cheap seems to dominate. But have you considered the people who make the bags? What do you think they earn if you are paying so little for an item? That is not the narrative here at Banda Bags. Everyone deserves the right for fair pay, fair trade and fair labor practices.

SUSTAINABILITY

We feel it is our duty to leave the lightest footprint possible. We are committed to sourcing more sustainable materials in our production process. Currently we use a recycled nylon (RPET) material for the outer material. Our goal is to use waste-plastic thread for the embroidery with organic cotton, hemp or canvas for the interior lining.

SUSTAINABILITY

We feel it is our duty to leave the lightest footprint possible. We are committed to sourcing more sustainable materials in our production process. Currently we use a recycled nylon (RPET) material for the outer material. Our goal is to use waste-plastic thread for the embroidery with organic cotton, hemp or canvas for the interior lining.

Artisans

Artisans

All of these women have a story. All of these women want to live a
better life. We all deserve that right. It is my mission to support
these wonderful women and your support helps!
Thank you.

“This is Gita, our youngest artisan, yet don’t let her age fool you, she is incredibly talented! She has been watching her grandma sew since a child and fashion runs in her blood. She is helping design bags while also lending herself to the embroidery aspect.”

“Meeting with the team at Rini, one of our artisan’s, home. Here we discussed the future of production, increasing the purchase of sewing machines and offering more training programs for women.”

“This is one of the bubbliest artisans working for Banda Bags! Almitra is always a joy to be around, she is full of so much light and positivity. She was a victim of the 2004 tsunami and lost many family members. Despite the tragedies in her life, she inspires us to live a life a happiness regardless of circumstances.”

“Meet Rini! She is one of our head producers. She helps to manage a group of 10 artisans. She started out just as embroidery specialist, but has since become the head of operations for the training program. She is as beautiful as she is talented!.”

“This is Putri. She joined Banda Bags in 2016. She has fine-tuned her craft and has been putting away money for her future wedding, which traditionally her family is supposed to pay for, but they could not afford. Fortunately, she is now able to have the wedding of her dreams!.”

“This is Banda Bags. A group of hard-working women who want to have a better future for themselves and their family! We pride ourselves on creating a work atmosphere that allows flexibility to raise your children and be able to make an income at the same time!.”

Hear from our artisans how Banda Bags has affected their lives.