Kenyan artisan working on a Vivienne Westwood Africa bag. © Louis Nderi & ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative


Vivienne Westwood is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.

Vivienne Westwood is one of the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s first partners, with whom she developed her “Handmade with love” collection. All styles are created using recycled canvas, reused roadside banners, unused leather off-cuts, and recycled brass and produced in Kibera slum (Nairobi’s biggest slum). The collections include a range of bag styles for men and women, including unisex rucksacks, totes, patchwork drawstring bags and Maasai hand beaded clutches and key rings. These are inspired by the African fabrics and surroundings they are produced in

Since 2013, Vivienne Westwood also works with artisans in Burkina Faso, who produce hand-woven fabrics for her womenswear lines