Bags for a cause: The Kiondo Bag

Jul 21, 2013


On this weekend day, I'm thinking about all the people in the world who are not able to take a day of rest.  I am acutely aware that having this unquenchable love of handbags falls squarely in the "first world problems" category.  So today, let's start a new tradition.  Every weekend I'll feature a bag with a cause.  We'll start with a personal favorite.

The Kiondo Bag: Made in the Streets


Are you ready to stand out from the crowd?  I have the bag for you.

The Kiondo is an eye catching bucket bag in stunning colors.  Handmade by former street kids and local artisans in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kiondo is made sustainably from dried sisal plants.  With all the work that goes this handmade bag, I can't believe its low $50 price tag.  I love this for the farmers market, the airport, school, really it could go anywhere.  Here in LA the Kiondo is perfect for nights at the Hollywood Bowl or Cinespia cemetary screenings; throw in some finger foods and a bottle of wine and you're set.  Pair with a maxi dress and some global jewelry for a beautiful overall look.  I'm thinking the Red Rafiki bracelet would do just the trick.

The Kiondo holds a special place in my heart.  In 2012 I had the privilege of spending two weeks in Nairobi, Kenya with a wonderful organization called Made in the Streets.  MITS helps children who've been living on the streets in the slums of Nairobi.  They provide education, vocational training, room and board, and so much more.  I was lucky to spend some time with Olive, a teacher (and former street kid herself) who made this beauty for me.

Want to do more for Made in the Streets?  There are so many ways to get involved, from writing a letter to sponsoring a student.  The best option, of course, would be to visit in person.  Trust me, it will change your life.  Learn how to get involved, or contact me directly and I'd be happy to make a personal introduction.

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