Bags of personality: Why vintage and fair trade bags are practical and stylish

Fashion isn’t always about capitalising on what’s new. While some trends come and go, there are plenty of timeless fair trade bags and accessories that are here to stay – and here’s why!

If you’re browsing around for an eye-catching accessory to complete your next outfit, look no further than a vintage classic or fair trade original. With bags of personality on offer, here are four reasons why vintage and fair trade bags are both practical and stylish.

 

Find unique pieces that are full of character

Walking down your local high street, it’s clear just how uninspired chain stores can really be – but shopping for your next favourite bag should be fun!

Vintage and fair trade options have been extremely popular in the last few years, likely as a reaction to the uniformity of high street brands. Let’s face it, when you’re out shopping, nobody wants to look through rails full of identical garments. Shoppers want something that is right for them.

Thankfully, vintage and fair trade bags offer that in abundance. You only have to look at the varied designs, unique patterns and striking styles that can be pulled together with vintage.

These unique pieces allow you to be truly individual. You won’t have to worry about walking into a room only to see someone in an entirely matching outfit staring back at you. Sure, it can take some nerve to stand out, but who wants to blend into a crowd?

Remember, you don’t have to go full vintage. Sometimes, all it takes is a unique accessory or an extra special bag to complete the look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match!

 

Find hidden gem for great value

When you shop somewhere that offers unique items, you never know what you’ll find next. Rather than having dozens of bags in similar styles, shopping for vintage and fair trade items can be a fashion treasure trove.

If you don’t find something you like, keep an eye out for the next shipment. Unlike other shops, vintage and fair trade are all about character, so find something entirely different next time!

These items tend to come at great value, given the ethically-minded approach to how they are crafted and sourced, but finding a hidden gem can be priceless…

If there’s one thing you can guarantee with choosing vintage and fair trade over high street fashion, you won’t be seeing anyone wearing the same outfit – even if they want to!

And if you’re worried you’re getting looks for the wrong reasons, try using your next hidden gem to complement a more modern outfit. It only takes a fair trade bag to turn your look into something truly original.

 

Get sturdy and long-lasting quality

If you’re anything like us, you’ll find it frustrating how poorly pieced together some modern bags can be. It may be down to machinery that focuses on speed over quality or even shoddy working conditions, but modern bags are often made for a quick turnaround rather than lovingly crafted.

Unlike mass-produced items, these clothes aren’t made to be fleeting; they’re made to last. After all, vintage clothes have already lasted for generations, and fair trade items are crafted to do just that.

As well as a sturdier feeling of quality, this means you get more wear for your money – making already great-value items even more of a bargain.

If you live somewhere that isn’t blessed with vintage or fair trade options, then check out online stores – here’s one to get you started!

Of course, fair trade products have also  been ethically sourced. Here, we ensure that each original item we offer has been made by local craftsmen who are fairly paid and work in the right conditions.

 

Help great causes and make a difference

Whether you’re shopping in a charity shop or through a fair trade supplier, one of the greatest things you can do is make an impact to someone’s life.

By showing support to some incredible charities or helping ethically-minded retailers, your next shopping trip could make a real difference.

For UK charity shops, 2016 was the toughest year for a long time – with volunteering hours dropping and profits declining by 12%. However, these shops are victims of circumstance, as people spend less in charity shops when they have more to spend on expensive alternatives.

We’re not saying you shouldn’t splash out, but next time, consider the benefits to yourself and those who you could be supporting further afield.

Our ethos is that we sell fashionable, western-style accessories that are fairly traded, ethically sourced and made from natural, sustainable materials.

Thinking about vintage and fair trade can make a huge difference. If you want to look good and make a positive impact, this is a fantastic alternative to ‘fast fashion’.

Have a question about our fair trade bags? Get in touch today!

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