Most bags are purely for our own pleasure, but when we find those select few that are both beautiful and meaningful, we take even more pride in carrying them. That’s exactly how I feel about sass & bide’s latest offering. Designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton teamed up with the Ethical Fashion Initiative to create a line of free-trade accessories that are handmade by Kenyan artisans. Beautifully hand-embroidered canvas bags like these are perfect for resort. They would make truly thoughtful gifts this holiday season and come in at just the right price for the job! Gifting one is spreading this word about this incredible project, a symbiotic relationship that produces gorgeous accessories while empowering women through work. Check out the video below of Sarah-Jane and Heidi’s trip to Kenya for a closer look at how these special pieces are made. The First Chapter tote ($270), the Back Seat clutch ($220), and the Oh Yeah purse ($150) at Sass & Bide.