We felt it was only right, for International Women’s Day, to introduce our luscious accessory brand, Lua!
With the majority made from luxurious silk-velvet, and in the most eye-catching colours, we adore these little bags and purses for their versatility as well as their suitability for gifting.
Lua work very closely with a local small business in Vietnam that they formed ties with 17 years ago, having noticed the quality and vibrancy of items being sold whilst the founders were holidaying there.
Most of the items are designed in the UK and then made in Vietnam, paying the suppliers a fair price, which in turn is passed to the artisan workers and ensures good working conditions.
Most of the products are hand-made by women working either in a small, light workshop on the outskirts of Hanoi or at home so that they can work around family commitments.
Workers are paid sick leave and, health insurance is provided for older workers.
Bonuses are paid after each season and, in summer, a holiday to the beach is organised by their main partner for all the workers and their families.
This regular work provided enables women from largely rice farming rural areas to improve their families’ living conditions and to send their children to school and possibly even higher education.
Independent businesses like Lua are some of our favourites to work with, and we love both their company and their stunning silk velvet items, which make the most gorgeous little gifts.