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Scotch & Soda partners with Studio 189 on bags – WWD


Scotch & Soda feels the love.

The Amsterdam-based fashion label is teaming up with Studio 189, a lifestyle fashion brand co-founded in 2013 by actress Rosario Dawson and luxury executive Abrima Erwiah, on a line of bags.

Studio 189 promotes and organizes African and African-inspired fashion by supporting community projects, primarily in West Africa. The bags are designed in the Studio 189 product development center in Accra and handmade in Bolgatanga by a community of weavers led by ASIGE (Advocacy for Social Inclusion and Girls’ Education), a non-governmental organization focused on empowering women through work and education. .

Only 100 pieces of the colorful raffia bags, called “Born to Love”, are produced. The capsule, which features the word “Love” in capital letters woven into the design on the front, is meant to celebrate unity and togetherness.

The bags were created by African artisans.

The color palette is inspired by the flowers, plants and herbs of Ghana, and the bags were created using traditional basket weaving techniques unique to the Upper East region of Bolgatanga. They were made from locally sourced palmyra leaf fibers, also known as raffia, and dyed using vegetable pigments created from hibiscus, millet husk and plants.

The process takes three to four weeks to prepare the materials before the actual weaving, which then takes another week. The bags are packaged in a limited-edition dust bag made from leftover Studio 189 textiles. They will retail for $179 and will be sold on Scotch & Soda’s website as well as select stores.

All proceeds from the sale of the bags will be donated to The Hunger Project, to support the organization’s initiatives in countries like Ghana.