I love the bright, vibrant colors of saris, and I love recycling and refashioning (remember the backdrop I made for my wedding with strips of recycled sari fabric?), so it comes as no surprise that I love brand- new ethical company Made With A Purpose!
Made With A Purposes’ inaugural collection, the “Rina” line (named after the founder’s mom, so sweet!) features zippered pouches and crossbody bags made from recycled vintage saris-some dating back to the 1970’s.
But this company isn’t just about beautiful bags- They are, indeed, made with a purpose. Though founder Reshma was born and raised in the United States, she grew up taking regular trips to India and as an adult sponsored the education of several young girls. Reshma knew that she had to develop a way to empower and educate women after she learned that it wasn’t uncommon for girls to be pressured to drop out of school to be married.
There are currently six women employed by Made With A Purpose, who are paid more than double their previous salary, exceeding most other workers in their field. And Made With A Purposes’ desire to empower women doesn’t stop there: A portion of all proceeds goes towards sponsoring primary and secondary education for girls who can't afford it, and the company offers internship opportunities for high school graduates interested in fashion and design as well.
I received both a large and a small sized bag to try. I love the structure of the zippered bags that allows them to sit upright when filled with items!
Though the bags are certainly beautiful enough to be carried as a clutch for an evening out, they’re perfect for traveling. The large bag fits my hairdryer, brush, and hair accessories with room to spare, and the small one was perfect for my minimal makeup stash.