Need a slouchy bag to help you schlep your stuff in style? Looking for a cute cover to keep your laptop from getting crushed on the train? Let's talk about Della, a line of affordable bags that skip sweatshop in favor of socially conscious practices.
This LA-based company works directly with craftspeople and seamstresses in West Africa to make hobo bags, tablet and laptop covers, and, thanks to a collaborations with Vans and Urban Outfitters, even sneakers and clothes—all with a gorgeous Ghanaian twist.
But what we really love about this company is how Della doesn’t treat their employees like they're interchangable. Seamstresses and team leaders are featured on their website along with quotes from each individual. We learn that a good lookin’ guy named Nii Addotey runs a porridge company out of his grandmother’s kitchen. And the team leader listens to Rhianna while she’s working to keep focused (thus proving that a badass playlist is essential in every workplace).
Della provides literary classes for their employees, weekly money-management training, a volleyball league, and childcare. Employees are also encouraged to work at the Happy Kids orphanage to teach the next generation their skills.
And while some do-good brands can get a little pricey, Della keeps our shopping habits manageable. Hobo bags are just $42 and MacBook cases are $42. Intrigued? Browse the collection online here.