Spencer Devine - Brooklyn

When it comes to finding the perfect handbag, it’s important to choose something that won’t feel like an extra weight on your shoulders. It’s the reason why we love finding brands that make you feel great inside, knowing that you are supporting individuals around the world. And it’s what drives Spencer Devine, an ethical brand that collaborates with women artisans in Assam, India.

Designer Kristine Gottilla founded the Brooklyn-based brand after wanting “a versatile staple bag that would meet the needs of the way we truly live in day to day life.” But instead of just simply making stylish handbags, she wanted to do something that made a difference in people’s lives.

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All of Spencer Devine's leather work is done in their Brooklyn studio in partnership with women artisans in Assam, India who weave custom cotton linings and sew recycled plastic frames for the Assam Capsule Project. And thanks to the Assam Capsule Project, Spencer Devine is able to support women from the other side of the world.

Through this project, a portion of sales goes towards purchasing sewing machines for women below the poverty line in rural Assam, India. But this project is so more than just a donation – it’s an opportunity to help these become self-sufficient for life. These women workers are taught how best to utilize their sewing machines, and are then given an opportunity to earn capital and gain work experience through the Spencer Devine collaboration.

With multiple women collaborating on each bag, it’s no wonder why they are exquisite. From browns and blacks, to blue and camel tones, each bag is perfectly tailored to match any outfit. Plus, their minimalist style is both a functional and fashionable statement accessory.

The best part about ethical fashion brands is that they make it easy to make a difference in people’s lives. We might not have the time to travel to other countries and help others, but supporting brands that do is an easy step. So next time you’re looking for the perfect bag, you can be happy knowing that Spencer Devine is changing lives for good.