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6.26.2017

Ethical And Affordable Crossbody Bags For Your Summer Wish List

When I have quick errands to run, I stuff my mobile phone, wallet, keys and a reusable tote into a crossbody bag and I'm out of the apartment.

I've rounded up 10 of my favorite ethical and affordable options (the most expensive on the list is $158) on the market, sourced from all over the globe from Bali to Madagascar to right here in the USA. My picks range from classic structured designs to trend-of-the-moment straw bags and even one made out of washable paper. Consider your search for the perfect crossbody bag this summer over!


1. FashionABLE Mini Tirhas Saddlebag ($118.00) The mini version of the popular Tirhas Saddlebag is crafted from 100% distressed leather and comes fully lined with an interior slit pocket, and your purchase allows Ethiopian women to turn their skills into a sustainable income.
2. Swahili Modern Woven Sisal Cowgirl Handbag ($76.00) Handwoven in Kenya from the hardy sisal plant in earthy brown, black and cream colors with a zippered leather top, a portion of proceeds go to the Makindu Children's Program that cares for over 400 orphans.
3. Mar Y Sol Seashell Crossbody Bag ($110.00) This playful crocheted bag with sea-inspired scalloping and a flirty leather tassel enables families in Madagascar to gain economic independence, preserves traditional craft and promotes environmental conservation.
4. Nisolo Clara Crossbody Purse ($158.00) With its clean, structured lines and natural vachetta leather that will develop a beautiful patina over time, you will stand out with this purse ethically-made in Mexico. (First-time customers can get $25 off orders over $100 via this link!)
5. Joyn Leather Satchel Mustard Stripes ($70.00) The classic saddle bag gets up an update with hand blocked-printed textiles, and your purchase supports skilled Indian artisans who would otherwise lack access to international markets.
6. 31 Bits Woven Drum Bag ($84.00) Woven from wild grass foraged from the jungles of Bali, this unique design is lightweight and durable and grants ethical working conditions and fair and consistent incomes for the villagers.
7. Uashmama Tracolla Bag (€45.00 / $50.00) This minimalist paper handbag is light as a feather but just as strong and durable as leather, designed and made in Italy by the Marconi family.
8. BAGGU Crossbody Purse ($140.00) Elevate your casual style with this chic suede crossbody bag that is handmade in the USA by mother-and-daughter team Emily and Joan Sugihara.
9. Mercado Global Andrea Crossbody ($98.00) Empower indigenous Guatemalan women by choosing this gorgeous crossbody bag with leather detailing and a vibrant contrasting back so it can be worn both sides.
10. Matt & Nat Demi Vegan Leather Crossbody ($105.00 $49.97) Designed in Canada and responsibly produced in China, this vegan leather crossbody has been tested for strength and durability and features a lining made from recycled plastic bottles.
Psst... You can log on to Project JUST to find out just how responsible and ethical the brands you shop with are (or aren't)!

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