You may have spotted the brightly woven bags we have featured in our AW18 ‘Out In Space’ look-book and been drawn by their beauty and grace. We know we were the first time we saw them and so we couldn’t resist reaching out to the radical team from Among Equals to partner up with them to complete our AW18 ranging. We are so proud to be the first Melbourne stockist of this radical brand and so to celebrate we share 3 good reasons why you need a Highlands Bilum Bag this winter;
1. You will genuinely be supporting the work of a female weaving artist from Papua New Guinea. 100% of the income from the sale of these bags helps the women send their daughters to school (where previously only the boys would go). The income also pays for essential healthcare and puts food on the table for families who have limited access to resources.
2. You will be wearing a truely unique one-of-a-kind product. No chance of spotting your bag on the back of someone else. Asides from the brilliant bespoke palette and pattern detail, every bag tells it’s own story through the shapes it makes - from the patterns of mountains to fertility symbols. The best part is each bag has its detailed story labelled on the tag so you know the journey you are carrying with you.
3. They make winter dressing easy. Add an all black outfit to your woven Bilum bag and you can’t help but notice the transformative power of these bags. We love to twist the eclectic influence with a modern take keeping the rest of the outfit super sharp as seen in our winter shoot. And with their incredibly durable, expandable weave (they are often used to carry babies in them in PNG), they will pack a carrying punch worthy of a pack horse - something that’s every wonder womens best friend.
We are so proud to be the first Melbourne stockist of this amazing initiative from Among Equals. The bags are available now in The Fitting Salon and also online here.
Want to know more? Read more about the empowering work Among Equals are doing here.