Where were you on December 26 2004? I was in New York City on my way to Argentina. I had no idea at the time that one of the deadliest disasters in history had killed hundreds of thousands of people. It’s still difficult to think about it but here’s a story to show the strength of people and their dedication to making a difference.
Soon after the tsunami, a couple from America, Roy and Louise Broekhuizen (who are both from Indonesian decent), visited Banda Aceh and decided they had to find a way to help the community. They developed the Laga Handbags Program, Bio Laga Handbags, which are handmade by women who survived the tsunami in Indonesia. The founders do not take a salary and all proceeds go to the surviving women and their sales team.
Their product line includes purses, totes, wallets, backpacks and travel bags in a variety of colours to match every outfit. Beautifully designed, they are embroidered with hand-guided patterns that have been passed through the generations and are indigenous to the area. Each handbag is a unique piece of historical art. These will not be lost at the airport luggage carousel!
“We formed Laga Designs to provide income for those who lost their livelihood, but what transpired is much, much more: we developed a personal relationship with the people of Aceh…and we left our hearts in their homes.” Roy & Louise
We are proud to have partnered with Laga Designs to bring these bags to Australia. Please select the image to go direct to the shop page to purchase.
Meaningful bags for a meaningful cause.