Sustainably Chic

'Carry a Cause' & Fight Human Trafficking with Cambodian-Made Accessories

FashionNatalie Kay

Malia Designs

A socially responsible Fair Trade brand, Malia Designs offers conscious consumers handbags and accessories lovingly made in Cambodia. Every purchase you make of their creations helps to fight human trafficking. According to the Polaris Project there are over 20.9 million victims, and it is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry! With distractions {like the US election & funny youtube videos}, these serious issues aren't spoken enough of, and I love finding a brand who makes the fight an integral part of what they do. With their partner, Stop Traffick, they have donated over $100,000 to anti-trafficking organizations in both Cambodia & Chicago. Not only is Malia Designs supporting the end to human trafficking, they are also creating sustainable jobs and increasing economic opportunity for women in Cambodia through introducing their fairly-made products to Western markets. Check out the illustration below to see how Malia Designs makes a strong impact in so many lives. 

Just one of their lovely products, the Convertible Gold Leaf Clutch is fit for fall & the changing leaves. Great for when you want to travel light, this clutch comes with a detachable wristlet & a long adjustable strap to wear as a cross body. It comes in three different colors: Gold {pictured}, Magenta & Silver. I'm a sucker for any accessory mimicking nature! The gold leaf print is like wearing a tiny piece of fall, and the silver reminds me of snow, which will be perfect for winter.

The same leaf print, which is a part of their Khmer Collection, can also be found on shoulder bags, cross bodys, messengers, wallets & cosmetic cases!  

I'm, also, a fan of anything elephants so I put together a little gallery of all my favorite elephant accessories from Malia Designs! above from left to right:  The Cement Bag Messenger is made from recycled {you guessed it} cement bags, and are lined with cotton to carry all those daily essentials - there is even a cell phone pocket along with several other zipper pockets for easy organization. The 'brick' colored Long Wallet is screen printed with compartments for your ID, cards and cash. & let's not forget about the guys.. The Men's Square Wallet is, also, made from recycled cement bags! 

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I'd, also, like to note October is Fair Trade Month!!! What better way to celebrate than supporting the brands who make Fair Trade possible :) Shop all of Malia Designs online & be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram. 


 took the clutch on a little walk, too! {sweatshirt by  Saltura  / necklace in top photos by  Meridian Lee } 

took the clutch on a little walk, too! {sweatshirt by Saltura / necklace in top photos by Meridian Lee