Mid-2010, with these questions in mind, Paulien Wesselink travelled to India to visit leather manufacturers. Leather is one of India’s biggest export products, so she met with dozens of diverse producers. Paulien wanted to set up a social enterprise that would not only become profitable, but also give back by approaching business in a fair, sustainable manner. This was not going to be your ordinary bag, and a responsible approach was key.
Hold my bag,
while I change the world.
Made from a unique kind of eco-leather, an O My Bag is a piece that you can flaunt without guilt. This is due to a cleaner and safer tanning process, a reduced carbon footprint, and leather that is made with respect for the environment. It is also a bag that gives people the opportunity to establish a better life for themselves.
“Dutch female founder challenges the leather industry with her growing brand.” Forbes Magazine
In the area of Kolkata, India, every O My Bag is created with love in a safe and positive atmosphere: fair wages are paid, benefits are provided for, education and training are offered, and women and minorities are given equal-work opportunities. We are proud to work with our friends in India.
As our organization grows, we are delighted to see our suppliers, tanners, and manufacturers organizations grow with us. By choosing to work with these carefully selected producers in India, O My Bag contributes to global issues like fighting poverty and encouraging the empowerment of women.