Emi & Eve
Emi & Eve accessories are all about the colour of life. We roam remote and not so remote areas of Asia to find artisans who recycle, reclaim and create crafts that deserve to be seen, not only because of their beauty, but because of their stories. A Cambodian artisan family smelting bomb casings into beautiful shiny symbols of friendship and peace. A select group of illiterate and/or disabled women from China each with their own tale of transformation, who sew our clutches.
Meet the FounderCassandra Postema
Cassandra graduated from Central St Martins’ School of Art with a degree in fashion and printed textiles. She began her career by making clothes from fabrics collected from all over the world and upcycled vintage finds. Soon she brought her collections to high profile boutiques in London, even landing her the British Council’s New Generation sponsorship award. However she very quickly felt pressed into a certain mold within the industry and disliked compromising her designs and work methods. She then co-founded a social enterprise business in Hong Kong with a friend, working with micro enterprises and local disadvantaged people in Asia designing and producing handbags. During her time here she discovered more and more beautiful textiles and other artisans that inspired lots of new ideas.
Fair Trade - Dorcas Designs is a social enterprise benefiting recovered leprosy patients, handicapped workers and earthquake refugees in Guangzhou, China. Each person working at Dorcas has come from the kind of circumstances that can only happen among a staggering population of 1.3 billion, all struggling to survive among harsh politics, poverty, natural disasters and cross country migration. Production of Emi&Eve handbags at Dorcas enables more women to have a consistent income and provide necessities for their family and children.
Saori Welfare Centre - a community in coastal Thailand weaving a new hope and future into kaleidoscope tapestries after surviving a harrowing tsunami. The centre employs personnel from various destroyed hotels in Phuket Island and its surrounding province. Women who suffered great personal losses.
Recycling Ammunition - Emi & Eve recycle ammunition as found in Cambodia in the demining process. This not only makes the country safer but helps people with employment who would otherwise be struggling in a country that has no social welfare system, even for those recovering from war. By creating more jobs using this skill, we create more income but promote the recycling of bombs and bullets for a better world.