If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my recent post on NV London Calcutta, an ethical accessories company. I bought Tom a wallet by NV London Calcutta for Christmas and now I really want one of their bags to pop my new 2014 diary in, and generally help me get more (stylishly) organised for the new year. I’ve also been eyeing off some great ethical handbags by other brands:


NV London Calcutta Brigette Mini Overnighter for £75.00GBP.
I think this colourful bag is perfect for summer getaways.
Ethical credentials: Made with transparency in a fair trade arrangement in Calcutta. NV London Calcutta describe themselves as “dedicated to bridging the gap between high fashion and traditional ethical offerings”. Awesome.

aura que bag

Aura Que Fair Trade Leather Knitted Small Hand Bag (from Fashion-Conscience) for £101.25 (on sale from £135.00).
I’ve loved this bag for a while and featured it in this post.
Ethical credentials: Made with transparency in a fair trade arrangement

bess bagBess Bags Fairtrade Leather Square Cross Body Bag for £40.70GBP (on sale from £55.00GBP) from Fashion Conscience.
I am picturing taking this to music festivals and Sunday sessions at the pub.
Ethical credentials: Fashion Conscience rate Bess Bags as fair trade. I cannot verify this with my own research, as there is not much information available online for this brand. Read about Fashion Conscience’s ethical policy here.

lori colour block bag

Nisolo Shoes Lori Color Block Bag for $178.00USD.
A modern twist on a classic, versatile tote.
Ethical credentials:
 Made with transparency in a fair trade arrangement

What do you look for in a handbag?

Yours Fairly,




  1. January 11, 2014 / 5:42 AM

    Hurray for Nisolo! Their headquarters are in my hometown, and I have their shoes on my wishlist.

    • Ashlee
      January 16, 2014 / 12:07 PM

      WOW! You’re so lucky! I bought Nisolo shoes online for my boyfriend and I. He has been wearing his to death and they are so gorgeously made. Unfortunately, mine are half a size too small and I have to send them back but postage from here is oh so expensive! To have them in my town! I’d be there everyday haha.

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