Vivienne Westwood may be the reigning queen of British punk fashion but she charitably lent her creative vision to a group of African women through the Ethical Fashion Africa Project. The project is backed by the International Trade Center, a joint effort of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization and through it, Westwood traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to teach the women how to use locally-sourced, recycled materials to create a line of accessories. The resulting Ethical Fashion Africa collection is a line of handbags, handmade in Nairobi from 100% recycled materials like roadside ad banners and safari tents, and some feature a distinctive brass logo on the front. The collection is exclusively available at YOOX.COM. The bags are lovely but even better are the sustainable skills Westwood taught the women.
The designer teamed up with YOOXYGEN and the International Trade Centre to spread her message of women’s empowerment via a series of short films shot by reknowned photographer Juergen Teller. You can view the video here, and see some of the Vivienne Westwood for Africa bags and accessories below: