A couple of years ago we started the A to Z Initiative where we upcycle fabric into new products. The idea is to make use of fabric that is still in good condition in products in the Urbanknit store. We then donate part of the proceeds from the sale of these items to particular charities that are close to our hearts.
For this particular tote, the Aso-oke fabric for the outer fabric as well as the Ankara lining where both donated. Thank you Laitan and Mrs S! The Tommy tote makes a great beach bag and also serves as a great alternative to plastic bags when you go grocery shipping at the supermarket. It also makes a great weekend bag.
The Tommy tote is roomy and comfortable to carry due to the wide straps. It also has 3 large inner pockets to store smaller items for easier retrieval.
You can check out the Red Tommy Tote here: www.urbanknit.com/shop/red-black-tommy-tote/
You can also have a look at other products that are part of the initiative here: The A to Z Initiative Thanks for browsing! Looking forward to those orders!in Our Products
The A to Z initiative started just over a year ago and we are pushing for even more support this year.
In Nigeria, the tradition for special occasions is that friends and family often wear attire that is of the same fabric as the celebrant’s. This is called ‘Aso-ebi‘. It is a way of showing solidarity, support, oneness. It used to be that people would say ‘Please wear Alaari to my daughter’s wedding’ for example. (Alaari is a type of Aso-oke, a hand-woven fabric which often ranges between deep red and magenta in colour). So if you had one like it, which you probably would, you’d just wear it.
In more recent times people often buy brand new fabric or have a large quantity custom-made and sent out to friends and family to have made into their own individual outfits. So on the day, there is an array of dresses, tops, blouses, shirts and what not all in the same fabric. It makes for very interesting viewing!
After my long ramble I get to the point! A lot of people end up with a lot of Aso-ebi that they no longer wear and as a way of doing a little bit to help, I have taken donations of such fabric. These will be used to make part of or an entire new accessory.
The A to Z is an Urbanknit initiative which will donate proceeds from sales of bags, totes, clutches made from these upcycled, repurposed, recycled fabrics to assist orphanages and local schools in Lagos State, Nigeria. Our own way of making a (creative) contribution. Every product that is part of the initiative will have the orange label. The full range available can be found with the A to Z Initiative tag.
We will have periodic updates as to what we are able to accomplish with our contributions. We would love to know what you think!