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FREESET STOCK BAGS

2013

Our front door

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Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade. We make bags and tees, but our business is freedom! This catalog shares Freeset’s story and showcases the products hand-made by a remarkable group of women. We hope you will be inspired to join these women on their journey to freedom. Buy the products. Share the stories. Transform lives.

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“FREESET IS MORE ABOUT FREEDOM THAN JUST A JOB.”
- Menaka
Sewing a jute gift bag

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Laminated jute makes the Farmhouse bag extra strong.

SC002 FARMHOUSE BAG SARI TRIM Shopping

Recycled sari makes every bag unique! ECO FRIENDLY JUTE
You may know jute as hessian or burlap and associate it with sacks or rope but it is so much more than that! Often described as the “golden fiber”, jute is a biodegradable natural fiber that comes from a leafy reed-like plant. It grows easily in West Bengal and has only minimal need of fertilizers and pesticides which can harm the environment. Bottom line: Re-usable jute bags offer an ecofriendly and stylish alternative to plastic shopping bags.
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SC046 APOLLO BAG MOBY DICK PRINT Women’s

100% ORGANIC COTTON
The fabric used in our cotton products like this Apollo bag is 100% organic. Conventional cotton farming consumes massive quantities of toxic insecticides to control pests. These hazardous toxins pollute the environment and cause serious health problems for poorly protected Indian cotton laborers. By using natural pest control methods organic cotton farming removes the need for toxic chemicals. • You get great cotton. • Pollution is reduced. • Farm laborers live healthier lives. • Everyone wins.

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

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There she blows!

SC051 BONDHU BAG Women’s

RECYCLED SARI
The sari is a traditional wrap-around garment for women, worn with one end tossed over the shoulder. Every-day attire for rich and poor alike, saris have been a colorful mainstay of the Indian woman’s wardrobe for centuries. As no two saris are the same, every bag is unique. So if you want a one of kind bag (like this Bondhu bag) check out products featuring recycled cotton saris! (All saris are washed before being used in Freeset products.)

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

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Recycled sari makes every bag unique!

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SC026 AMITY BAG SILHOUETTE PRINT Women’s

• Updated print color! • 100% organic cotton sheeting

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SC048 HARMONY BAG PLIMSOLL PRINT Women’s

• New! • Unlaminated jute
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SC047 HORIZON BAG DAYBREAK PRINT Women’s

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

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SC020 HOPE BAG BRAIDED SARI Women’s

Recycled sari makes every bag unique! Unlaminated jute

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“FREESET IS OUR BUSINESS. IT IS MEANT FOR OUR FREEDOM.”
- Piyali
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Braiding sari handles

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“I COME TO WORK WITH MY HEAD HELD HIGH - WITH NO SHAME.”
- Ashoka

I am the eldest of 10 children and grew up in a rural village in Murshidabad. When I reached my teens there was a boy I quite fancied. I think I would have liked to marry him, but when I was 13 my mother married me off to an older man. It was only a few months after the wedding that my mother-in-law sent me out into a field near where we lived. When I got there I found a group of boys about my own age that I had grown up with. They told me that I had been sold to them and they all had their way with me. Soon after that I was sold to someone in Kolkata. I saw girls sitting around and was told they were enjoying the fresh air, but eventually I noticed there were a lot of men coming and going and realized what was happening. It was about that time I was “corrupted” and my time in the line (sex trade) began. When I met the man who is now my husband, he wanted me to leave the trade. I wanted to leave too, but he didn’t have a good job and we needed money to survive so I was forced to continue working in the line. When I came to Freeset 11 years ago I committed to leave the sex trade after the training period, when I received my first pay check. That’s exactly what I did and I’ve never looked back! I come to work with my head held high - with no shame. I’ve given up the line, I have freedom. I am now an advocate for Freeset, letting women in the sex trade know that there is the possibility of another life where they can be free from prostitution.

SC074 ENVOY BAG RUBIX Unisex

• New! • Laminated jute

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SC052 TERRITORY BAG “ACT JUSTLY” PRINT Unisex

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

Print wraps around the flap

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SC057
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LOOP KEYCHAIN “FREESET” PRINT Home & Office

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

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Internal laptop pocket

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Recycled sari lining makes every key chain unique!

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SC052

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TERRITORY BAG “ACT JUSTLY” PRINT Unisex

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SC036 SATELLITE BAG DIGITAL PRINT Unisex

• 100% organic cotton canvas

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SC060 large UTILITY BAG TYPOGRAPHIC PRINT Home & Office

• Update print! • 100% Organic knitted cotton (soft) • Comes in 3 different sizes

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The printing department

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“I NEVER LOOK BACK TO THE LIFE I HAD BEFORE. I AM A FREE PERSON NOW.”
- Joyeeta
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“I AM DOING WELL IN MY LIFE NOW, I GET MORE RESPECT IN THIS SOCIETY - THA T IS MY BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT.”
- Trina

When I was 14, my father passed away and most of our family’s land was taken. I worked in the homes of villagers for a while, earning just enough money to feed my family. When I was 17 the local milkman suggested to my mother that I go with him to Kolkata. He said he had found a job for me there, but when I went with him he sold me for Rs.5000 (US$95) and I was forced to have sex with men. Years later, I got a job at Freeset. Now I am totally focused on my work at Freeset and my goal is to provide a decent life for my family. The literacy training I have received means I can now sign my name and write numbers, including my address. Now I can read bus routes and train destinations - before the training I was not at all confident to leave my house, but now I am very independent. I am doing well in my life now, I get more respect in this society - that is my biggest achievement.

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

SC072 I-PAD SLEEVE MOONSCAPE PRINT Home & Office
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SC070 LAPTOP SLEEVE MOONSCAPE PRINT Home & Office

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

Laptop Sleeve comes with a matching power cord bag.

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SC073 I-PAD SLEEVE BOTANIC PRINT Home & Office

External pocket

Printed lining!

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

SC071 LAPTOP SLEEVE BOTANIC PRINT Home & Office

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SC059 small MAKE-UP POUCH Home & Office

Recycled sari lining makes every pouch unique!

• New! • 100% organic cotton sheeting

• Braided sari tassles for a dash of color

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SC068 small PENCIL POD DAYBREAK PRINT Home & Office

• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

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SC067 large PENCIL POD PLIMSOLL PRINT Home & Office

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• New! • 100% organic cotton canvas

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• New! • Laminated jute makes inside of bag easy to clean.
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SC063 large SC064 medium
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HANDY BAG RUBIX Home & Office

• New! • Laminated jute

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1 2 3 3

SC063 large SC064 medium SC065 small
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HANDY BAG RUBIX Home & Office

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SC054

WINE BAG DIAMONDS PRINT Home & Office
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• New! • Laminated jute

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SC055 large

BARREL BAG JACQUARD PRINT Home & Office

JUCO
The fabric used in our juco products like this Barrel bag is a blended fabric made of jute and cotton.
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• New! • Juco

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The texture is lighter than jute but heavier than cotton canvas.

AF AIR TRADE BUSINESS OFFERING FREEDOM THROUGH EMPLOYMENT TO WOMEN TRAPPED IN INDIA’S SEX TRADE.
WE MAKE BAGS AND COTTON TEES, BUT OUR BUSINESS IS FREEDOM!

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Human trafficking and poverty feed India’s sex trade, where women and children forced into prostitution face a life without choices, marginalized by society. Freeset is a bag and apparel manufacturing business whose purpose is to provide these women with a way out of prostitution. Women are employed on the basis of their need for a job, not the skills they bring to it. They are trained, paid a good wage and signed up to a health insurance plan and pension fund. For many it is the first time they can be proud of the place they work. Best of all they begin their journey to freedom. When you buy a Freeset bag or TEE, you get a great, eco-friendly product and you contribute to women’s ongoing freedom from the sex trade in Kolkata, India. Join the journey and visit us at www.freesetglobal.com/stock-bags for more information about the business and to find where you can purchase Freeset product.

The courtyard at Freeset. End of the day, time to go home!

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Product Appendix

Product Appendix

SHOPPING
Updated Every bag is unique! New!

FARMHOUSE BAG
Sari trim
Laminated jute

SIMPLICITY BAG
Eco-affable print
Unlaminated jute

examples of sari diversity

NA EB LL SC002 Bag: 14.2h x 15.7w x 7.1d (in) Handle: 1.4w x 23.6 loop (in) • Natural (NA) • Earth Brown (EB) • Lilac (LL) SC044 Bag: 13.4h x 14.2w x 5.9d (in) Handle: 1w x 22 loop (in) • Natural (NA) internal pouch and pockets print

• Recycled sari trim on bag exterior (both sides) • Matching sari-lined jute handles • Internal pouch with velcro closure • 2 internal side pockets (1 each side)

• Natural jute strapping handles • 1-color ‘Eco-affable’ print (one side)

FREEDOM BAG
Tree print
Laminated jute

PM SC006

internal pouch GY Handle: 1w x 14.2 loop (in) • Parchment/Olive (PM) • Gray/Black (GY)

Bag: 13.8h x 11.8w x 3.9d (in)

• Cotton strapping shoulder strap • Cotton strapping handles • Internal pouch with velcro closure • 1-color ‘Tree’ print (both sides)

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WOMEN’S
Every bag is unique! New! 100% organic cotton

HOPE BAG
Braided Sari
Unlaminated jute
SB

APOLLO BAG
Moby Dick print
Organic cotton canvas

braided recycled sari handles detail

RD zipped pocket in charcoalcolored lining detail Handle: 0.8w x 25.6 loop (in) • Parchment (PM) • Sky Blue (SB) • Black (BK) • Red (RD) SC046 BKC print detail

PM SC020

BK Bag: 14.2h x 14.2w x 3.9d (in)

Bag in: 11h x 14.2w x 4.7d (in)

Handle: 1.4w x 23.6 loop (in) • Black Canvas (BKC)

• Sari trim on exterior of bag (both sides) • Braided recycled sari handles • Zipped pocket in lining • Charcoal-colored cotton lining • Magnetic button closure

• Folded canvas handles • Zipped pocket in lining • Charcoal-colored organic cotton lining • Magnetic button closure • 2-color ‘Moby Dick’ print (both sides)

New!

New!

100% organic cotton

HARMONY BAG
Plimsoll print
Unlaminated jute

HORIZON BAG
Daybreak print
Organic cotton canvas

zipped pocket in charcoalcolored lining SC048 Bag: 11h x 14.2w x 4.7d (in) Handle: 1.4w x 23.6 loop (in) • Natural (NA) SC047 Bag: 12.6h x 16.5w x 5.9d (in)

print detail

Handle: 1.6w x 25.6 loop (in) • Natural Canvas (NAC)

• Jute handles lined with regular charcoal cotton • Zipped pocket in lining • Charcoal-colored regular cotton lining • Magnetic button closure • 2-color ‘Plimsoll’ print (both sides)

• Folded canvas handles • Zipped pocket in lining • Charcoal-colored organic cotton lining • Magnetic button closure • 3-color ‘Daybreak’ print (both sides)

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Product Appendix

WOMEN’S
100% organic cotton Updated 100% organic cotton

AMITY BAG
Autumn print

Organic cotton sheeting

AMITY BAG
Silhouette print

Organic cotton sheeting

print and handles detail

print and handles detail

SC029

Bag: 13.8h x 15.4w x 4.7d (in)

Handle: 2w x 23.6 loop (in) • Natural Cotton (NC)

SC026

Bag: 13.8h x 15.4w x 4.7d (in)

Handle: 2w x 23.6 loop (in) • Natural Cotton (NCOG)

• Folded cotton handles • 2-color ‘Autumn’ print (both sides)

• Folded cotton handles • 2-color ‘Silhouette’ print (both sides)

New!

100% organic cotton

Every bag is unique!

CLUSTER BAG
Andrea Moore print
Laminated jute

BONDHU BAG
Sari contour
Organic cotton canvas

internal side pocket

TE PK SC007 TA

magnetic button BKC-BL Handle: 1.4w x 23.6 loop (in) • Parchment/Choc. Brown (TE) • Parchment/Choc. Brown (PK) • Taupe/Black (TA) SC051 BKC-GR BKC-RD

sari detail

Bag: 11.8h x 13.8w x 5.9d (in)

Bag: 13.4h x 13.4w x 3.1d (in)

• Jute handles lined with black poly-cotton • Internal pouch with velcro closure • Internal side pocket • Magnetic button closure • 1-color ‘Andrea Moore’ print (both sides)

Strap: 4w x 35 loop - fully extended (in) • Black Canvas - blue sari shades (BKC-BL) • Black Canvas - green sari shades (BKC-GR) • Black Canvas - red sari shades (BKC-RD)

• Recycled sari outer layer for cross-body straps • Straps tie into adjustable knot • 3 sari shade ranges available (red, blue and green) • Wooden button with braided sari loop

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Product Appendix

WOMEN’S
Updated New! 100% organic cotton New! 100% organic cotton

LUNAR BAG
Baroque print
Organic cotton canvas

LUNAR BAG
“Act Justly” print
Organic cotton canvas

strap and adjuster detail

print detail

print detail

SC049

Bag: 10.6h x 16.5w x 3.9d (at base) (in)

Strap: 1.4w x 53 loop - fully extended (in) • Black Canvas (BKC)

SC050

Bag: 10.6h x 16.5w x 3.9d (at base) (in)

Strap: 1.4w x 53 loop - fully extended (in) • Navy Blue Canvas (NBC)

• Folded canvas shoulder strap with metal adjustor • Zipped pocket in lining • Charcoal-colored organic cotton lining • Premium zip closure • 1-color ‘Baroque’ print (one side only)

• Folded canvas shoulder strap with metal adjustor • Zipped pocket in lining • Charcoal-colored organic cotton lining • Premium zip closure • 1-color ‘Act Justly’ print (both sides, text one side only)

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Product Appendix

UNISEX
New! 100% organic cotton New!

TERRITORY BAG
“Act Justly” print
Organic cotton canvas

DUFFEL BAG
Story print
Unlaminated jute

strap with metal adjuster

print on open flap SC052 Bag: 11.8h x 15.7w x 3.9d (in) Strap: 2w x 53 loop - fully extended (in) • Navy Blue Canvas (NBC) SC053 Bag: 17.7h x 13.8w x 8.7Ø (in)

black rope draw string with slider Strap: 2w x 53 loop - fully extended (in) • Gray (GY)

• Premium cotton shoulder strap with metal adjustor • Zipped pocket on back of bag • External side pockets (both sides) • Internal laptop pocket • Velcro flap closure • Laminated jute base • 1-color ‘Act Justly’ print (flap & front)

• Premium cotton shoulder strap with metal adjustor • Jute/cotton canvas construction • Circular base • Black rope draw string • Chrome eyelets • 1-color ‘Story’ print

100% organic cotton

New!

SATELLITE BAG
Digital print
Organic cotton canvas

ENVOY BAG
Rubix
Laminated jute

OL zipped pocket on back of bag SC036 Bag: 9.8h x 13w x 3.9d (in) Strap: 2w x 53 loop - fully extended (in) • Black Canvas (BKC) SC074 internal side pocket RD Bag: 11.8h x 11.8w x 4.7d (in) Strap: 2w x 53 loop - fully extended (in) • Olive/Navy Blue (OL) • Red/Indigo (RD)

• Premium cotton shoulder strap with metal adjustor • Zipped pocket on back of bag • External side pocket • Velcro flap closure • 1-color ‘Digital’ print (flap)

• Adjustable nylon shoulder strap • Internal pouch with velcro closure • Internal side pocket • Plastic clip - 3.8cm / 1.5 inches wide • Multi-colored design (no print)

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New! 100% organic cotton New! 100% organic cotton

LAPTOP SLEEVE
Botanic print
Organic cotton canvas

LAPTOP SLEEVE
Moonscape print
Organic cotton canvas

printed lining

power cord bag print detail

lime green lining

SC071

Sleeve: 10.4h x 14.2w (in) • Navy Blue Canvas (NBC)

SC070

Sleeve: 10.4h x 14.2w (in) • Black Canvas (BKC)

• Fits 13” Macbook Air • Natural cotton draw string bag for power cord • External pocket • Printed natural organic cotton lining • Wooden button with elastic loop • 1 color Botanic print on external pocket

• Fits 13” Macbook Air • Lime green cotton draw string bag for power cord • Lime green organic cotton lining • Wooden button with elastic loop • 1 color Moonscape print (wraps on both sides)

New!

100% organic cotton

New!

100% organic cotton

I-PAD SLEEVE
Botanic print
Organic cotton canvas

I-PAD SLEEVE
Moonscape print
Organic cotton canvas

lining

lime green lining

wooden button with elastic loop SC073 Sleeve: 8.7h x 11.2w (in) • Navy Blue Canvas (NBC) SC072 Sleeve: 8.7h x 11.2w (in)

wooden button with elastic loop

• Fits i-pad 2 • Natural organic cotton lining • Wooden button with elastic loop • 1 color Botanic print (wraps on both sides)

• Fits i-pad 2 • Lime green organic cotton lining • Wooden button with elastic loop • 1 color Moonscape print (wraps on both sides)

• Black Canvas (BKC)

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Product Appendix

HOME & OFFICE
Updated New! 100% organic cotton Updated

UTILITY BAG
Typographic print
sizes available
SC060 SC061 SC062

100% Organic knitted cotton (soft) colors available
NBK MGK BKK RDK

WINE BAG
Poppy print
Laminated jute

print detail large SC060 medium SC061 small SC062

Bag: 7.3h x 3.5w (in) Bag: 5.1h x 3w (in) Bag: 4.1h x 2.4w (in)

Great for sunglasses! Fits an i-phone Fits a regular mobile phone • Navy Blue Cotton (NBK) • Melange Gray Cotton (MGK) • Black Cotton (BKK)

SC014

Bag: 13.8h x 4.7w x 3.9d (in)

Handle: 0.4w x 7.9 loop (in) • Parchment (PM)

• Cane loop handles • 5-color ‘Poppy’ print (only one side)

• Black cotton cord draw string • 1-color ‘Typographic’ print (wraps around both sides)

Updated New!

Updated New!

BARREL BAG
Jacquard print
Unlaminated juco
SC055

WINE BAG
Diamonds print
Laminated jute

SC056

draw string detail large SC055 small SC056

handles and print detail

Bag: 13.8h x 4.7w x 4.7 Ø (in) Bag: 6.3h x 4.7w x 4.7 Ø (in) • Natural (NJC)

SC054

Bag: 13.8h x 4.7w x 3.9d (in)

Handle: 0.4w x 7.9 loop (in) • Navy Blue (NB)

• Circular base • Braided jute draw string • 1-color ‘Jacquard’ print

• Cane loop handles • 1-color ‘Diamonds’ print (both sides)

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Product Appendix

HOME & OFFICE
Updated Every bag is unique! Updated Every bag is unique!

BOX BAG
Sari trim
Laminated jute
SG NA LL

BOX BAG

Freedom Paisley print

Laminated jute

handles and sari detail

RD

FG

handles and print detail

SC010

Bag: 5.9h x 5.9w x 3.9d (in)

Handle: 0.8w x 11.8 loop (in) • Sea Green (SG) • Natural (NA) • Lilac (LL)

SC031

Bag: 5.9h x 5.9w x 3.9d (in)

Handle: 0.8w x 11.8 loop (in) • Red (RD) • Forest Green (FG)

• External sari trim (both sides) • Jute handles • Recycled sari lining

• Jute handles • Recycled sari lining • 1-color metallic ‘Freedom Paisley’ print (both sides)

Updated

Every bag is unique!

Updated New!

100% organic cotton

Every pouch is unique!

BOX BAG

Braided handle

MAKE-UP POUCH
Laminated jute

Organic cotton sheeting

sari lining

SC058 SC059 braided sari handles detail large SC058 small SC059 side detail

SC027

Bag: 5.9h x 5.9w x 3.9d (in)

Handle: 0.6w x 11.8 loop (in) • Natural (NA)

Pouch: 5.5h x 8.3w x 2.4d (in) Pouch: 4.3h x 6.7w x 2d (in) • Charcoal gray (CC)

• External sari trim (both sides) • Braided sari handles • Recycled sari lining

• Braided sari puller attachment • Recycled sari lining • Zip closure

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HOME & OFFICE
Updated New! Updated New!

HANDY BAG
Rubix
Laminated jute

HANDY BAG
Rubix
Laminated jute

SC064-IN SC063-IN SC063-IN

SC064-OL

SC065-IN loop detail large SC063 medium SC064 small SC065 large SC063 medium SC064 small SC065

SC065-OL loop detail

Bag: 7.1h x 11w x 3.9d (in) Bag: 5.5h x 8.3w x 2.4d (in) Bag: 3.9h x 6.7w x 2d (in)

Handle: 0.8w x 7.9 loop (in) Handle: 0.8w x 6.7 loop (in) Handle: 0.8w x 5.9 loop (in) • Indigo/Burnt Orange jute (IN)

Bag: 7.1h x 11w x 3.9d (in) Bag: 5.5h x 8.3w x 2.4d (in) Bag: 3.9h x 6.7w x 2d (in)

Handle: 30.8w x 7.9 loop (in) Handle: 0.8w x 6.7 loop (in) Handle: 0.8w x 5.9 loop (in) • Olive/Navy Blue jute (OL)

• Folded jute carry handle • Zip closure

• Folded jute carry handle • Zip closure

New! Updated

100% organic cotton

New! Updated

100% organic cotton

PENCIL POD
Daybreak print
Organic cotton canvas

PENCIL POD
Plimsoll print
Organic cotton canvas

SC069 SC068 zipper and print detail

SC067 SC066 zipper and print detail

large SC069 small SC068 • Zip closure

Pod: 3.1h x 7.9w x 1.6d (in) Pod: 2.4h x 7.9w x 2.4d (in) • Black Canvas (BKC)

large SC067 small SC066 • Zip closure

Pod: 3.1h x 7.9w x 1.6d (in) Pod: 2.4h x 7.9w x 2.4d (in) • Natural Canvas (NAC)

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HOME & OFFICE
Updated New! 100% organic cotton Every key chain is unique! Updated New! Every bangle is unique!

LOOP KEYCHAIN
“Freeset” print
Organic cotton canvas

BANGLE
Braided Sari
Recycled sari
SRD

SGR

sari and ring detail

SYO

SBL

sari detail

SC057

Keychain: 4.1h x 1.4w (in) • Black Canvas (BKC)

SC043

Bangle diameter: 3.5 Ø (in) • Yellow/orange sari shades (SYO) • Red sari shades (SRD) • Green sari shades (SGR) • Blue sari shades (SBL)

• Recycled sari lining • Chrome eyelet & keyring • 1-color ‘Freeset’ print

• Braided sari on metal bangle • Available in four shade ranges

Updated

Updated

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