Gbemisola Johnson - O'Eclat Designs

Finalist of the The FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT Most Socially Responsible Handbag


2015 Finalist Gbemisola Johnson O'Eclat Designs

Gbemisola Johnson FINALIST'S PROFILE

What country are your bags manufactured?

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
O'Eclat employs young skilled artisans and local weavers within the country who are unemployed and unable to set up their workshop due to inadequate funds by providing work-friendly workshop and pay them wages to ensure they are financially stable and also attract other artisans to the industry. This has helped us work closely with all members of our team and also keep to the brand philosophy of producing in very limited quantities to allow for a perfect individuality and style with key attention to details.

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
Yes. We work directly with local artisans so as guide them through the process and also bring our designs to life.

Working Conditions. (Are the manufacturers/artisans that are being employed being treated humanely, of age, and working in safe and acceptable conditions? Please explain)
We own a small factory in Lagos Nigeria, where we manufacture all of our handbags, we work directly with our staff to allow for a more personal relationship with each and everyone. Apart from their weekly wages, all of our staff is entitled to monthly housing and health allowance.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
Nigeria is my home country and it is full of great and amazing talents and opportunities. According to World Bank, 60% of the Nigerian population live below 140% of the poverty line, which is close to two dollars per day. So we help alleviate poverty in our own little way by employing young skilled artisans who might have been on the streets jobless and paying them to help sustain themselves and their families.

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