Handbags. Bags in Bloom. 4 Spring Bags Under $100

March 28, 2008 • Accessories


The Grass is Greener, from Greenheart


From Greenheart


Heather Clutches, from Greenheart


Tweet, from Greenheart

Gotta love Greenheart. They’re offering great bags (under $100) and also support a great cause: supporting artisan women from around the world. The popular River North shop is the first and only fair trade and eco-friendly gift and home accessory shop in Chicago.Each handbag is a socially and environmentally responsible bag handmade by women in Madagascar. Using renewable raw materials, the women create vivid and original clutches, totes and shoulder bags. The sale of the bags enables families to gain economic independence and promotes environmental conservation.

"These bags are gorgeous – the saturated colors are vibrant and really stand out," says Katherine Bissell Cordova, Greenheart’s store manager. "The embroidery work on the clutches is a wonderful detail and the shapes of the bags are very much in style right now. It is the perfect bag for a mother who wants to add some punch to her wardrobe."

Greenheart features several styles and colors of the handbags including a structured baguette clutch and totes made from raffia and lined with cotton. Retail prices range from $56-$89. Greenheart features gifts and home accent pieces from artists and artisans from over 30 countries including Vietnam and Ghana.  Products include jewelry, bowls, stationery, bath and body, kitchen accessories and home accents.  More importantly, each product allows the artisan to send their children to school, build a home, or buy a new cow for their family.

Additionally, creating these items helps preserve traditional craft techniques and provides critical economic empowerment to the artisans, their families, and their communities.

Greenheart is located at 746 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago and open Monday – Saturday from 11:00 – 7:00 p.m. Visitors can call (312) 264-1625 to reach the shop during business hours or visit Greenheartshop.org for more information. Greenheart is a proud member of Chicago Fair Trade.

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