Sustainable designs made by women – supported by you

NEW YORK, NY (March 2013) – A.bernadette launches its brand and first collection of sustainable fashion and accessories inspired by women in Uganda.

Sisters, Andrea and Amberle, created A.bernadette after working with fair trade producer groups in Jinja, Uganda. There they met over 100 women who inspired them to start a sustainable fashion and accessories brand handcrafted from recycled materials.

The first collection consists of bracelets, headbands, strap bags, and Cookin’ Bags, which are named after the women who inspired them.

Lagulu’s Kibu Bracelet is a handcrafted cuff made from papyrus grown along the Nile River. It is wrapped with recycled Plarn (Plastic Yarn) from sugar sack bags. These brightly colored bracelets come in blue and green and can be worn loose on the wrist or pushed up around the forearm.

Jja-Jja’s Mukeka Headband is made from Mukeka, dyed palm fronds. This material is traditionally used for mat weaving and is one of the oldest forms of tribal hand weaving. The headbands come in an array of eye-catching colors and are combined with back elastic and lining for a comfortable and secure fit.

Achiro’s Strap Bag is made from recycled packaging straps. This lightweight reusable tote comes in red, turquoise, and blue and is perfect for everything from picnics to grocery shopping.

Agnes’s Cookin’ Bag is a slow cooker, cooler, and hot plate all in one. Made from printed batik fabric, recycled Styrofoam, and interfacing, this bag works as a heat-retaining bag. Once food is cooked, it can be placed in the bag for up to 8 hours of insulation. It is the perfect solution for carrying food to a party, keeping drinks cold on the beach, or keeping dinner warm for your family.

A.bernadette is committed to sustainable practices and craftsmanship that revolve around the inspiring women of Uganda. A.bernadette’s mission is to create products that achieve the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.


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