In episode 40 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Jen Lewis, founder and executive director of Purse & Clutch about ending the cycle of poverty through slow fashion.
Jen believes good fashion is as much about the maker as it is about the finished product. It’s about art, about connection & about sustainability. By working directly with artisans in Guatemala, Mexico & Ethiopia, Purse & Clutch provides thoughtfully designed & ethically made handbags to help end the cycle of poverty – to be a part of changing the fashion industry for good.
At Purse & Clutch, every purchase contributes to the mission of supporting long-term employment for men & women in developing countries with limited opportunities. These handbags are one of kind, slowly handcrafted by dedicated artisans.
When the connection between maker & customer is made, the brand is able to participate in the celebration of fashion as art. From Gloria in Chiapas, Mexico who hand makes each & every pom pom in the collection to Higemengist in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who is the mastermind behind the sewing machine & sews in such a perfectly straight line you’d think it impossible not to.
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Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 200 countries. Grant has personally interviewed over 600 impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.