If you haven’t already heard we’ve brought back our monogram shop. It’s amazing how adding one’s initials to a bag can make it that much more special. But just when you thought your tote couldn’t get any more personal here’s a little read on how your monogrammed tote is extra meaningful.
Here at Kayu we value and believe that every woman has the right to develop to her fullest potential and earn a living wage. Most of our bags are made by women in the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. These women are mothers and weaving allows them to work from home, look after their children and also provides them with a source of income. I’ve been wanting to take some of our production local for a while now, and am so happy to say that we’ve teamed up with the San Francisco YMCA to offer monogramming on our straw totes. The women we work with are new immigrants who do not speak English and as a result have difficulty finding jobs. Unfortunately this means that they are often underpaid and work menial jobs like dishwashing and mowing lawns. Our initiative provides them with practical training and an alternative source of income.
We recently offered a series of trainings on the art of embroidery and also had the privilege to learn more about the women and their personal stories.
We worked with Annalee who trained at the Royal School of Needlework in the UK. Here she demonstrates a sewing technique to the women.
Coco and Kit Ling working together on their first project. Coco enjoys crafting projects and has a 6 year old daughter. Kit Ling moved to San Francisco less than a year ago. She has some experience machine sewing in Hong Kong and is excited to learn hand embroidery.
Mother and daughter, Jing Jing and Ting, practice embroidering the alphabet together. Jing Jing, the mother, recently moved to San Francisco to spend more time with her grandkids. She previously worked in a restaurant but was abused by her co-workers. Ting decided to be a part of this initiative so she can be by her mother’s side and also earn extra income.
One of the greatest things about the program is seeing how quickly the women picked up the skill of embroidery and the looks of satisfaction on their faces at perfecting the alphabet! We’ve started by only offering monogramming on one tote but as the women learn more techniques hope to expand the service to other pieces in our collection.
From now until November 29th eceive free monogramming on any St. Tropez tote purchase here.