While we here at VG are always on the lookout for fresh fashion, it sweetens the deal even more when we discover a brand that’s not only beautiful, but also gives back. Laga Handbags was started by Roy van Broekhuizen and his wife, Louise, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis that affected the Aceh province of Indonesia in 2004. Both of Indonesian decent, Roy and Louise came to the conclusion that it was their duty and calling to help those who survived the tragedy following a recent trip to the dismal remnants of their homeland. Shortly thereafter, Laga Designs was formed and now provides able income and employment to over 300 women whose lives and livelihoods were once literally washed away. The beautifully embroidered bags, which take roughly one day to construct, feature indigenous Acehnese designs atop contemporary, yet bohemian, shapes. The amount of detail is simply stunning and even carries onto the straps and bottoms of the pieces.
If you love these bags (and their charitable baggage) as much as we do, then head on over to Laga Design’s website to view the full line. If you’re not in the market for a new bag (although, when aren’t we?), Laga also offers up some sweet little wallets and travels bags in any color to suit your mood. Also, did we mention these would pair up picture-perfectly with a breezy maxi for that jaunt to St. Barth‘s you’ve got marked on your calendar?
And, lastly, we’ve also got to throw in that these babies were featured on a little program affectionately called Oprah—maybe you’ve heard of it. So now that you’ve got Lady O’s approval, go do some good, soak up those rays, and feel all warm and fuzzy–both inside and out.