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Here at LK Bennett, our focus is not simply on offering quality, timeless products with a signature feel. We want to put our names to products that offer more than that.

Which is why we are focusing more and more on how we can make our collections as sustainable and ethical as possible. A key collaboration to achieve this for our Spring/Summer ‘22 collection has been working with the fairtrade company Maison Bengal.

Who Are Maison Bengal

Maison Bengal is a fairtrade company that works closely with women and communities in some of the poorest areas of Bangladesh.

The director, Sheenagh Day, was inspired by the skills and traditional weaving methods she saw used by women who were living in poor conditions.

With her experience within the aid industry, she worked to develop design ideas and worked closely with fair trade partner organisations to create what would be known as Maison Bengal.

Maison Bengal works with women who use these traditional weaving and knotting skills to create artisanal fair trade produce. The production and sale of these products empower these women with a recognised trade and a steady income.

How They Support Women

Maison Bengal works with over 5000 women across Bangladesh yearly, helping to train them with weaving and hand-knotting techniques and supplying them with the ability to work, and do so in a fair and ethical environment.

These skills enable them to earn a wage, which in turn empowers them within their community. It ultimately gives them a form of independence, giving them control and confidence in their life.

95% of producers are women who have very limited access to education and jobs, so the opportunity to earn an income such as that provided by Maison Bengal transforms their life. They are able to ensure they can care for themselves, their family and educate their children for a better future.

Maison Bengal is not simply a supplier, they have close connections with all the women they work with, visiting Bangladesh frequently and have built a community around this organisation.

The LK Bennett X Maison Bengal Collection

The four bags within our collaboration are all 100% jute, macrame bags crafted in the South-West region of Bangladesh.

Macrame is a technique done by hand that uses knots to create products such as handbags, in this case using jute.

Jute is a strong and durable natural fibre that is extracted from the jute plant. This plant grows naturally in Bangladesh, and is one of the most sustainable plants on earth. It grows in abundance in Bangladesh due to their monsoon season, meaning it needs very little irrigation and can be grown organically.
The Tania, Fatema, Sadia and Sabina bags are all part of the collection, shop online and in-store now.