Introducing Made Jewelry & Handbags: Sustainably Sourced & Produced in Kenya

Line & Label has started carrying pieces by Made, a UK based company that creates beautiful products using traditional, time-honoured skills, and sustainable production in Kenya. Made believes in transparency and integrity in all that they do. By working in synergy with the people and communities, they aim to create positive change through the production of beautiful and unique jewelry and accessories.
Each unique piece in the Made collection is hand crafted by highly skilled, dedicated artisans. Traditional craftsmanship is infused into all their products and every item in their collection echoes the love and skill of the hands that made it. Using techniques handed down through the generations, their jewelry and bags not only look great but also tell a story of lives changed through safe, sustainable employment, training and education.
Their workshop in Kenya was founded in 2005 to harness the talent and skills of artisans in Kenya, along with providing a safe working environment, long-term job security and training. Since then they have grown to employ over 60 men and women. From highly skilled craftsmen and women to novices eager to learn, their goal is to create sustainable jobs, teach new skills and empower developing communities in Kenya through the production of beautiful, unique and highly covetable accessories. Made believes that by investing in their team they are acting responsibly and are also able to create the best product possible.
Made has a long history of working with some of the fashion and design industry’s most established names such as Edun, Feed, Tommy Hilfiger and Louis Vuitton, retailers such as John Lewis, Whistles, ASOS and Topshop, and designers including Pippa Small, Laura Bailey, Imogen Belfield and many more.  Working with such a diverse and experienced range of brands and individuals has not only inspired them but has taught them invaluable design and production skills which have in turn helped them develop as they continue to grow.

Made is dedicated to using the most environmentally sound materials possible. Their signature style comes from their extensive use of reclaimed brass in the production of their products. The reasons for this are two-fold: Firstly; they believe that by sourcing materials locally further supports the community within the vicinity of the workshop, including Kibera, one of the world’s largest slums. They buy raw materials from local individuals, at a fair price, which helps to both strengthen the local economy and empower small businesses. Secondly; Made believes that by using recycled materials where they can, they are responsible and ethical while also producing a product that looks great and is a pleasure to wear.

Source: http://www.made.uk.com/aboutmade/
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