Designed for Good: The Upcycled Tote Bag

As part of our sustainable collection, Designed for Good, we’ve partnered with the women at the Radico Welfare Centre in New Delhi, India to create a new range of hand-crafted tote bags, made from recycled materials. Here, we meet Lalita, one of our talented artisans, to find out more about how each bag was made, as well as how she’s benefitted from the projects run through the centre.

The Upcycled Totes


Hand-crafted by artisans, our upcycled tote bags combine natural jute with patterned fabric braids that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. Sturdy and spacious, these eco-friendly designs are available in navy and pink, and come with a rounded base and two handles for added practicality.

Meet the Artisan


Lalita is one of the artisans and beneficiaries of the Radico Welfare Centre. Keen to help support her family’s low income, Lalita enrolled in one of the centre’s charitable projects where she is learning how to sew on a training course. Along with the other women at the centre, she’s used some of her new-found skills to help make hand-crafted and upcycled tote bags exclusively for Accessorize, using waste fabric which has been braided to create beautiful, unique patterns.  Upon receiving her first set of wages, Lalita felt emotional. She told us, “I have never held an amount this big in my own hands – I can’t believe it is for real”. She now hopes to start a small business with her husband.


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