Handbags for Change

IMG_8192-187x300Looking for a new bag in the finest Italian leather? Whitby has you covered. And with a line dedicated to the abolishment of modern-day slavery and human trafficking, you’ll want to get your hands on one ASAP.

Whitby, an Atlanta-based company, believes that education is the single most powerful prevention of this form of injustice, which is why it partners with nonprofit organizations in Iraq, Haiti, Peru and Thailand in order to educate underprivileged young women. Many girls are forced into the sex trade, being pulled out of school at an early age.

Certain bags in the Codet collection have been reduced in price—$820 will purchase the satchel style in a lovely butter color…and will cover one child’s tuition for a year, including supplies and uniforms.

Founder Brittni Adams has high hopes that her purses will not only start conversations, but also provide a new entry point for various donors around the globe. She believes that the fashion industry is a blank canvas and the girls suffering in these countries have stories to tell. That’s why she uses the creative minds of the children to help design the custom inner linings of the bags. These little ones not only benefit from the sale, but the individual “artist’s” photo and mini-bio is included with each bag, to truly personalize the purchase.

Sales from the Maryamana Clutch, the latest addition to the line that will be available in Spring 2017, will go toward reconstruction of an Iraqi school building destroyed by ISIS. The interior lining of the bag is printed with the words of a poem in Arabic written by a woman named Abeer. The lives of her three daughters have been positively affected by the program. The words translate as follows:

                 Fear will not win in our lives.

                My daughters will go on to tell the world a different story.

                A story of hope and truth and peace.

                Their education makes it possible.

 

Visit whitbyhandbags.com to browse the full collection.

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