It couldn’t make us happier to see so many amazing ethically minded fashion brands coming into their own. Rather than a trend, it’s a new reality. Osei-Duro is a unique label that we’ve recently fallen in love with after learning about their company on Kickstarter. The design duo originally went to Ghana in 2009 to create two collections, but soon found themselves wholeheartedly inspired by the local garment industry. They now work out of both Los Angeles and Accra, Ghana, with a mission to keep the region’s handmade fabrics alive in new ways and support the legacy of these makers and cultural traditions.
With the growing popularity of Western fashion in Ghana, Osei-Duro saw that the handmade fabric traditions of the region were starting to disappear, so they are working with local artisans to incorporate handmade fabrics and crafts into contemporary designs. Osei-Duru is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to further their mission to work with artisan batikers, wood carvers, tie-dyers, weavers, brass casters, crocheters, seamstresses and tailors in Ghana and beyond — helping locals create, design and market their work in the modern world.
If you’d like to contribute to the Kickstarter, there are some pretty amazing pledge thank-you gifts up for grabs, including glass bead necklaces, hand-batiked linen pouches, wax-printed tanks, mineral and plant-dyed tote bags and more. WANT.
What other ethical fashion brands are you wearing these days? Let us know in the comments.