Nothing says revolution like safety pins, plaid and punk. However, the fiery 70-year-old designer Vivienne Westwood, most famously known for her role in outfitting rambunctious punks such as the Sex Pistols , is tackling change in a whole new way today. After a recent visit to Nairobi, Kenya, Westwood decided to expand her eco-friendly line of tote bags to include other accessories such as iPad and laptop cases.
THE GOOD DEED“I am traumatized by the problem of climate change,” said Westwood in a video covering her trip to Kenya. “In fact, I think that everybody’s outlook on the world is completely different once this idea ever gets in their head.” As if we weren’t already feeling all warm and fuzzy about the collection for its use of completely recycled materials such as old advertising banners and tents, Westwood has all the items produced by Nairobi women, giving them employment and financial empowerment. Her work is part of the Ethical Fashion Africa Project, a joint project of the UN and World Trade Organization which has brought jobs to over 7,000 women. Sweet deal, Ms. Westwood!
THE GOODSWestwood’s first collection for the Ethical Fashion Africa Project back in January 2010 had us running to the farmer’s market to fill our totes. It included three tote bags, each with a pop of color and a handmade vibe. The designer’s additions retain that lovely hand-crafted feel, but now with some awesome hardware attached such as recycled brass buckles and glam emblems. Westwood added new silhouettes including a cross-body mini-bag and some sweet satchels. One of our favorites is a white satchel crocheted entirely out of recycled plastic bags! Its rigid structure will contrast perfectly with our flow-y flirty sundresses this summer and it’s right in line with the crochet trend. But you Westwood punks need not worry – her signature plaid pops up throughout the collection in some adorable key chains and in the lining of every bag!
The entire collection is available now on yoox.com and is bound to make some beautiful changes in our closets and the world! As Westwood said, “It’s quite incredible to think that we might save the world through fashion.”
Main image from Afripopmag.com