Vivienne Westwood launches upcycled Ethical Africa bags
Vivienne Westwood Ethical Africa line. IMAGE: ASOS

Vivienne Westwood has revealed a new line of ethical bags made on the continent from recycled materials.

Fashion has been experiencing a boom in all things African, from the recent Guinness adverts starring Congolese “sapeurs” (a subculture of stylish, brightly dressed men) to Diesel and Edun’s African denim-based capsule collection manufactured entirely in Africa with the finest Ugandan CCI cotton.

Now, Vivienne Westwood, never one to miss out on either a trend or an opportunity to help push forward ethical fashion, has designed a new range of recycled bags which have been handmade in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Vivienne Westwood launches upcycled Ethical Africa bags
Vivienne Westwood Ethical Africa line. IMAGES: ASOS

Available in a range of styles from unisex rucksacks to totes and zipped clutches, the bags are manufactured from recycled canvas, reused roadside banners, and leather off-cuts and were carefully constructed by communities of women affected by extreme poverty.

Available on ASOS with prices starting at a rather reasonable £58 (approximately S$123), they’re an affordable, and ethical way to shop the Africa-inspired trend. — AFP RELAXNEWS

Shop the collection on ASOS, set to launch on January 24, 2014.