Luxury Eco Brands That Empower Artisans In Kenya

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Kate – co-founder SAWA SAWA in Kenya

There are several luxury brands that collaborate with women artisans in Kenya to create handwoven products. These brands prioritize fair trade practices, sustainable production methods, and support the economic empowerment of women. While my knowledge cutoff is in September 2021, I can provide you with some examples of luxury brands that have been involved in such initiatives. Please note that availability and specific collaborations may have changed since then. Here are a few examples:

1. Maiyet: Maiyet is a luxury brand that focuses on creating high-quality fashion and accessories while supporting artisans from around the world, including Kenya. They have collaborated with Kenyan women weavers to create unique handwoven pieces using traditional techniques.

2. Edun: Edun is a sustainable fashion brand founded by Ali Hewson and Bono. They have worked with Kenyan artisans to incorporate traditional weaving and beading techniques into their designs. Edun is known for its commitment to ethical fashion and promoting African craftsmanship.

3. Le Kiondo: Le Kiondo is a luxury brand that specializes in handwoven bags made by Kenyan women. They work closely with local artisans, providing them with fair wages and sustainable employment opportunities. Le Kiondo’s bags are known for their intricate designs and high-quality craftsmanship.

4. Soko: Soko is a jewelry brand that collaborates with artisans in Kenya and other African countries. They connect local artisans with international markets, helping them access a wider customer base. Soko’s jewelry pieces often incorporate traditional techniques and materials, resulting in unique and culturally inspired designs.

5. Nest: Nest is a nonprofit organization that partners with artisans from various countries, including Kenya, to develop their businesses and create sustainable livelihoods. While they are not a luxury brand themselves, they collaborate with luxury fashion brands, such as Maiyet and Edun, to connect them with skilled artisans in Kenya and other regions.

5. SAWA SAWA: SAWA SAWA is a nonprofit organization that partners with artisans in Kenya to create handbags, bags, baskets, accessories and more. Their mission is to create economic independence and equity for the women of Kenya. They re-invest the revenue in reproductive health education and menstrual hygiene kits, food, clean water, and medical camps for the women. They are a black woman founded nonprofit eco brand in Austin, Texas. Learn more at

It’s worth noting that these are just a few examples, and there may be other luxury brands collaborating with Kenyan women weavers.

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