Fashion Compassion is delighted to announce that Sarah’s Bag is now available from our online shop. Sarah's Bag is an intimate line of hand crafted, custom-made women's fashion accessories which are stylishly aware and socially responsible. Described as feminine, fresh and fashionable, this brand aims to be distinctive, vivacious, and elegant with a hint of retro glamour and street-wise sensibility.
Sarah’s Bag was founded in 2000 by Beirut-based designer Sarah Beydoun who wanted to combine her interest in bettering underprivileged women’s lives with her love for fashion. Sarah belonged to a generation of Lebanese designers who came of age during the country’s seventeen-year civil war and who now contribute to rebuilding the city’s cultural life through their work in various creative industries and businesses.
Sarah decided to set up her social enterprise as part of a rehabilitation program, allowing women at risk from economic deprivation or the stigma of having served time in prison to learn valuable skills in return for a reliable income and a stable source of pride, dignity, and empowerment. In the process, these women would be helping to bring the centuries’ old traditions of artisans and textile makers in the Middle East into the world of contemporary fashion.
Over the past nine years, Sarah’s bag has expanded to a wide variety of products, including beach totes, evening bags, clutches, and satchels. Each piece makes a unique statement, requiring 10 to 15 days of meticulous embroidering, beading, crocheting, and hand stitching to produce.
Sarah’s Bag has featured in many exhibitions around the Arab world including Dubai, Kuwait, Jeddah and Riyadh. In February 2008, the British Council chose Sarah Beydoun to represent Lebanon in the “INTERNATIONAL YOUNG FASHION ENTREPRENEUR” competition. Later that year, l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris invited Sarah’s Bag, among other Arab artists and designers, to showcase work inspired by the Egyptian musical icon, Umm Kalthoum, as a part of a retrospective exhibition of the artist. Since 2009, Sarah’s Bag has been attending the Tranoi’s seasonal fashion trade show in Paris, an artistic platform for the best designers to meet the most influential fashion ambassadors.
Sarah’s bag acknowledges that every woman is unique and responds by creating designs that are equally innovative and original. Every woman who wears, makes, supports and contributes to the success story of Sarah’s bag helps prove, once and for all, that social businesses can be fashionable, vibrant and glamorous.
You can find Sarah's bag products in the Fashion ComPassion store here.