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O MY BAG 

« O MY BAG BRINGS SUSTAINABILITY AND FASHION LOVERS TOGETHER, BECAUSE THE CHOICES WE MAKE AS SHOPPERS, CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.»
- O My Bag

O My Bag is a brand that uses durable materials like leather without the use of harmful chrome dyes. Chromium is known to have various health consequences. When it is a compound in leather products, it can cause allergic reactions, such as rashes. But also for the workers respiratory problems, alteration of the genetic material, Lung cancer...

At Klow, we love O My Bag, this is an eco brand that has also a great social impact. Their team have a close relationship with the craftmens in India. They supports the Brickfield Schools to prepare the children from the village for a better education. A lot of workers and craftmens can't afford to send their childs to school and O My Bag is helping them. 

Made from a unique kind of eco-leather and in ethical way in the area of Kolkata, India, an O My Bag is a piece that you can flaunt without guilt. A cleaner & safer tanning process that reduce the carbon footprint.

Evert single piece of O My Bag is created with love in a safe and positive atmosphere: fair wages are paid, benefits are provided for, education and training are offered, and women and minorities are given equal-work opportunities.  

«As our organization grows, we will be delighted to see our suppliers, tanners, and manufacturers’ organizations grow with us. » 

By choosing to work with these carefully selected producers in India, O My Bag contributes to global issues like fighting poverty and encouraging the empowerment of women.


"By making well made and eco friendly leather bags and accessories available to consumers, we provide small communities in India with a sustainable livelihood. We’ve concluded that supporting conscious trade is the best way to alleviate poverty, and it’s what we get up for in the mornings." - O My Bag

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Let’s face it, everybody loves a great bag! 
The only frustrating thing about a great bag is finding one! Yet, what actually constitutes a great bag? Is it the fact that it carries all your essentials?
 
That it can be matched with every outfit in your closet? That both form and function standards are met?
Mid-2010, with these questions in mind, Paulien Wesselink travelled to India to visit leather manufacturers. 
Leather is one of India’s biggest export products, so she met with dozens of diverse producers.
Paulien wanted to set up a social enterprise that would not only become profitable, but also give back by approaching business in a fair, sustainable manner.
 
This was not going to be your ordinary bag, and a responsible approach was key. They are proud to work with their friends in India.
 
As their organization grows, O My Bag will be delighted to see their suppliers, tanners, and manufacturers’ organizations grow with them
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By choosing to work with these carefully selected producers in India, O My Bag contributes to global issues like fighting poverty and encouraging the empowerment of women.

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FAIRLY MADE ECO FRIENDLY

SOCIAL

By offering small communities, access to the global market, they provide them with a sustainable livelihood.



FAIR

Fair wages and safe work environment are provided. O My Bag supports local projects that encourage education or women empowerment.


SUSTAINABLE

They aspire to be pionneers in the leather industry. Heavy chemicals are avoided. During the tanning process, effluent water is purified and reused. They use certified organic canvas.


AWERENESS

They give the customer insight into the production process and show them that they, by buying a great bag, can help tackle important global problems.



CONSCIOUS FASHION


Eco-friendly is only a label for how their products are made, but shouldn’t set a precedent for how they look and how they’ll feel. We don’t sacrifice quality and style for principle, because to them, they’re one and the same.

They produce not your ordinary bags. They believe that consumers have the ability to change the world we live in.

. We as consumers have the ability to create a worldwide demand for products made with respect for not only the environment, but also the people that make them. By providing their producers with access to the global market, they connect them with customers that love a great bag!
We believe in trade, not aid
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They believe vintage can be modern, classic can be edgy, minimalism can still use a pop of color, and eco-friendly is fashionable. They believe we can change the world, one bag at a time. 
 


" We are eco-friendly ánd fashionable. We prove that it’s possible to be both! The bags also make perfect everyday bags for work, school or party time. " - O My Bag

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

To minimize environnemental impact, all their garments are made of certified organic cotton, eco friendly leather without the use of harmful chrome dyes.   

Organic Cotton

 Their Canva Collection is made from GOTS certified cotton.  O My Bag only use organic cotton for the canva  that is grown & produced without using any toxic substances. No pesticides, no chemical fertilizer, no chemical madness. Their cotton is organically farmed. That means, only natural fertilizer like cow dung is used for pest control. And of course - genetically modified seeds are
completely banned.


ECO FRIENDLY LEATHER 


Their bags are made from luxurious, vegetable-tanned leather. Their leathers are tanned without the use of harmful chemicals like chromium. This makes their leather biodegradable.
They use local cow hides from Kolkata, India and Italy. The hides are a waste product from the meat industry and therefore not raised for the fashion industry.  

CERTIFICATIONS

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*AT KLOW WE MAKE SURE TO SIMPLIFY YOUR RESEARCH AND GIVE YOU ACCESS TO THE PRODUCT THAT PERFECTLY MATCH YOUR PERSONAL VALUES, 
OUR TEAM TAG EACH PRODUCTS FROM EACH BRAND WITH THE RIGHT LEGEND & LABELS. 
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THE DESCRIPTION ON OUR PRODUCT PAGES FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EACH CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES.

TRANSPARENCY


" We use the power of business to create social change " - O My Bag

O My Bag was founded to support people in developing countries and creating fairly paid job opportunities. Creating a positive impact in the world is a one of our core values and is rooted in everything they do.

They believe that everyone has the power to create change. With every purchase they make, they can contribute to a better world with fairly-paid jobs, safe working environments, equal opportunities, women empowerment and bring better living opportunities to everyone.

With these values in mind, they work together with different manufacturers in Kolkata, India which rely on the same principles. Over the years they have build strong relationships in which they are able to work together with respect and honesty. They talk to their producers on a weekly, but often on a daily basis. This helps us to keep direct insights into, and control over, our supply chain.

All our factories have SA 8000 certification standards to ensure that all operate under fair conditions. The EMA (Equitable Marketing Association) factory, with which they have been working from the very beginning, has a World Fair Trade Certification.

They seek the best factories to make our products and every factory has a story..

FAIR WORK CONDITION 




They  cooperate with two tanneries. The Sheong Shi Tannery in Kolkata, India, is with us from the very beginning. With their help they were able to co-create high quality eco-friendly leathers and work on innovations in the leather industry. Together with this tannery they have developed their beloved Hunter Leather used in their Signature Collection, the soft Midnight Leather used in our Midnight Collection and the first Classic Leathers.

The second tannery is located in Tuscany, Italy. They started to work with them in 2016. Reason for this was a lack of high quality hides in India which are a need for vegetable-tanned leather. Luckily they found Conceria Nuova Grenoble. A consortium of 22 tanneries with the same passion for vegetable-tanned leather and with the same production standards with respect for nature. All tanneries use purification systems and have a waste management system that recovers, reuses and recycles the production substances.
 

Where is made my bag?

Stc Factory

 They started working with STC in 2015. They were the ones to produce their very first business line: The Suit-Up Collection. Now they are responsible for the production of a big part of the Classic Collection.

It is a smoothly run family business and has 480 employees, 75 of them are women. Ipshita, daughter of one of the founders, stepped into her father’s business around 7 years ago and is now managing the complete bag department.



Ema factory 

They  have been working with the Equitable Marketing Association (EMA) Factory right from the very beginning! EMA, run by the lovely woman Swapna Das, was established in 1977 and is recognized as a fair trade company by the World Fair Trade Organization.
The workers at EMA comprise of artisans, farmers, craftsmen and weavers who enjoy decent living by producing various types of fair-trade products including the O My Bags you know and love.
As the brand is growing and evolving, they are delighted to see EMA and all its employees evolve with them!

Springfield Factory

 Springfield Factory is a partner since 2014. The company was established in 2002 by J.S. Sawhney, who is a real connoisseur, since producing handbags has been a family vocation since 1957!

Mr Sawhney always knew that there was a high demand for leather bags, but wanted to focus on not only have astounding quality, but also producing in a clean, organized, and fair manner.


The loyal workshop 

Since 2015, O My Bag is teaming up with the Loyal Workshop. The Loyal Workshop was founded to provide an opportunity for freedom. Modern-day slavery is a phenomenon that we are not prepared to be apathetic about.
The founders of the Loyal Workshop believe that another world is possible; a world where sex slavery is relegated to the history books. At the office of O My Bag they totally agree with this and Klow as well!

Freeset Global

Every woman who finds freedom through Freeset, not only brings freedom to themselves, but also to their family. They find hope for a brighter future and the means to make it a reality. As the business has grown, a positive community has emerged calling itself the “Freeset family. This family not only supports its own members, but impacts on the wider community. The common understanding is “we’re in this together”.

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