I've written about the company several times in the last few months. You guys are probably well aware of the fact that I think the JOYN products they carry are just about the cutest thing around. But, I thought it important to share the biggest reason that I have such a respect for the company.
As a style blogger, it may seem strange for me to admit that I detest America's consumerism culture. By and large, the money that people work so hard for is spent frivolously to support large corporations that benefit no one but the few in power. The poor are being marginalized and the environment shattered so that a very small number of people can remain powerful and wealthily (the "1%" as it were). With every Starbucks coffee and every H&M tshirt purchase, we contribute to a system and an attitude of greed and indifference. I am certainly not the least guilty.
Often, this evil has weighed heavily on my mind. Then, I discovered Purse & Clutch. I had no idea that there were organizations that got ahead of problems like poverty and unemployment by creating products and jobs instead of reliance on donated money and support. Here was an opportunity to spend money in a way that benefited me as a consumer (did I mention how cute these purses are?) as well as the people actually creating the product. I think that is a beautiful, worthy thing.
This statement from their website says it all:
"The mission of Purse & Clutch is to partner with reputable organizations who employ artisans from developing economies to create reliable, dignified, living wage jobs for those in need. Our vision is to connect consumers with sustainable alternatives to their current purchases in order to create a new normal of fair compensation - especially for those with otherwise limited opportunities to work."
So, if you're in the market for a new bag, check out their selection.
I'm currently pretty obsessed over the grey Floral Classic Clutch myself. :)