We’ve featured a few bags by Mad Imports, and they have done it again with this awesome Mad Imports Tusk Nairobi Handbag. Mad Imports is a one-of-a-kind handbag brand; they collaborate with artisans in Madagascar and Kenya, making handbags from only renewable materials. Furthermore, founder Laurel Brandstetter helps promote economic independence in poverty-stricken families by doing so.
This bag is so unique. It’s not like many organic items, which are carefully branded in order to emulate “the real thing,” or the un-organic product. No, this bag has a rough edge, but that roughness makes it interesting and noticeable. The bag is made of wool and sisal, an agave that yields a fibrous yarn, which meshes nicely with the white bone beads on the suede strap. The whole effect is utterly special, informal and chic at once. I’m personally really into organic things, but I’ve never brought that interest into clothing and handbags: maybe it’s about time I did. Buy through Shopbop for $100.