Sustainably Chic

Bringing Color & Traditional Craftsmanship to Ethical Fashion with Hand Made Bags from Rural Thailand

Fashion, Fashion Pt. 4Natalie Kay

Samui Bags

Something I've noticed during my 7 years of exploring conscious fashion is a lack of several colors mixed with patterns. You typically have very subdued palettes with a consistent pattern which flows along nicely with the minimalistic lifestyle. While I'm a lover of earth tones, and this more 'simple' aesthetic in my own wardrobe, I've always enjoyed having my accessories do the talking for me. It's fun to have a few pieces that bring a smile to your face because of all the color! Samui Bags is one of those brands that can easily brighten up the room {or your local beach/pool}. 

Why I Love Samui Bags

1. Supporting Artisan Entrepreneurs. Samui Bag’s overall mission is to support entrepreneurs in rural Thailand through the purchasing and selling of handmade, certified fair trade goods. You know one of my first loves in sustainable fashion are goods that support the makers and their crafts. Since the Thai government outlawed slash and burn farming {because of environmental and public health issues}, many villagers who once relied on this type of work are now shifting their focus back to their handmade products. 

2. Fair Trade Manufacturing. They employ artisans who use traditional weaving techniques for ceremonial clothing, which brings more authentic goods to the market {lucky us!}.  All artisans work under ethical conditions and earn fair wages. The bags are produced in the beautiful island of Koh Samui - one of the biggest islands in the country full of love and community-oriented residents. The island is a symbol of Togetherness, Equality, Kindness, Adventure, Exploration and Beauty - what Samui is all about!

3. Colors, Patterns & Great Quality. Like I said before, I love when my bags mix color and patterns, especially when I head out to my own little slice of paradise here in Florida. What I think is really important to note is their combination of affordability and quality. One of the biggest deterrents in the sustainable fashion industry is price. I’m incredibly happy when a brand is accessible to a wider range of economic backgrounds while still being well made!

What I'm Using

Ocean Breeze Weekender Bag : I don't think a product can get more practical for someone who almost lives their life at the beach. I spend quite a good amount of time at my grandparent's place which is literally a few steps from the ocean. I always pack a bag for the day, and this particular weekender is now my official go-to. I mean, look at how much space I have in this thing! There is even a pocket on the inside to separate the smaller items you pack {& you can throw in a little pouch, of course!}. 

Ocean Breeze Pouch: The sister of the weekender bag, it's nice to have a little something extra to help keep you more organized! Items like your sun block, phone, lip gloss... you know.. those essentials.. fit perfectly into this little pouch. I've been using it as a makeup bag in other totes, as well. 

Where to Purchase

Find all Samui Bags online - here - & don't forget to stay up-to-date with everything new & colorful on Instagram


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