The Selam Tote
Have you ever found a leather tote you adored but realized that it was too big to carry everyday or too small to fit your laptop? What about when your water bottle takes a nasty spill... in the bottom of your bag? I'm a sucker for a good leather tote yet ridiculously hard on them, which is why I created The Selam Tote. Bold yet minimal, this tote is made of two classic leather tones with a black base, both for style and spill protection. All seams are reinforced for durability with space in the top for your laptop and any other essentials.
The Selam hails from Ethiopia, known for its high quality leather. All totes are made of vegetable tanned leather and produced by our partner Sabegn, employing a staff of women with living wages. Sabegn was founded by two sisters determined to use exporting to create opportunity in Ethiopia. If you were to happen into their workspace, you'd find a coffee shop opening up to a whitewashed room filled with women engaging in conversations and leather production. As you move throughout their workspace it's hard to imagine the space used for any purpose, yet before Sabegn moved in, the office rooms were used for the exploitation of women in the sex trafficking industry.
In the mostly rural nation of Ethiopia, adults and children are sent from the impoverished countryside to find work in the capital, Addis Ababa. Yet with high national unemployment, many of these vulnerable women and children are trafficked or beg to make ends meet.
Businesses like Sabegn are crucial in changing that landscape by providing jobs, safe workplaces, and sustainable wages. We support them in their work by connecting them to shoppers like you to allow Sabegn to keep hiring, Interwoven to keep forging partnerships, and for you to have peace of mind that your purchase supports human dignity.
Mallory Ann, Founder