KAYU handcrafted handbags, clutches, and totes
Handcrafted clutches, bags, and totes. KAYU, meaning “wood” in Malay, is an ode to our commitment to using natural materials like straw, wood, and shell.
KAYU products are handmade using indigenous techniques that have been passed down through the generations. KAYU eschews the mass-produced and instead work with cooperatives and artisans, many of whom learned to weave and sew from their mothers. Each of KAYU bags takes many days to make and each bears the mark of the individual artist.
ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE
KAYU works with cooperatives and artisans and pays them a fair, living wage. We are committed to ensuring they have a safe, comfortable and clean working environment.
KAYU products are handmade curtailing the use of machinery and energy consumption. We use locally-sourced and eco-friendly materials including natural straw, sustainably sourced shell and recycled wood. KAYU handbags are made mostly from materials that are 100% biodegradable – the exclusion being our hardware and lining. KAYU lining is made from fabrics that are AZO free.
At KAYU, they are an all-woman team which is why KAYU is so passionate about ensuring that every woman has the right to develop to her fullest potential and earn a living wage. KAYU’s bags are made by women and mothers, and weaving allows them to work from home, look after their children and also provides them with a source of income.
KAYU monogramming is performed by new immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area. The initiative provides these women with practical training and an alternative source of income.