I recently met a young founder of a company, and I was totally fawning over her bag — not only was it distinctive and interesting (and large and sturdy), but it’s part of her business model. After college she accepted a Princeton in Africa fellowship and worked with the International Rescue Committee, and upon her return to the States she realized some of the Kenyan sandals and bags that she had bought for herself and friends were getting rave reviews from friends and strangers. So, she reached out to some of the local artisans in Kenya to see if they would be interested in going into business. Now, her company RoHo works with Kenyan artists to ensure they earn fair and equitable wages, and work in a safe environment — and rewards employees with educational grants for their children, investing in education in the region. This cowhide tote looks incredibly sleek with an all-black outfit, and it’s always nice to know your purchase is supporting artists equitably. It’s available in both a short hair and long hair version (as well as other colors), all for $329. Tsavo Tote
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