It’s verging on ridiculous that I haven’t yet written about one of my favorite ethical fashion labels, Sseko Designs. Not only does this Ugandan based brand create staples that compliment any wardrobe, but they’re also paving the way for young women to gain a higher education. That’s what I call bad-ass feminist fashion. See, Sseko employs Ugandan women during an integral time in their lives—the nine month gap between high school and college. During this time frame, 50% of the girls’ savings goes directly towards a secure college fund that isn’t accessible until tuition is due, thus ensuring that their income goes towards education. At the end of each term, Sseko grants university scholarships that match 100% of what they’ve earned. Sseko has enabled 47 women to make it to university so far. Their mission is to empower young African women to break the cycle of poverty that inhibits them from pursuing their dreams.
Sseko specializes in creating handcrafted products, ranging from sandals and straps to bags and bangles. In addition to the items crafted in their Ugandan workshop, they’ve partnered with skillful artisan groups in East Africa. The team behind Sseko is passionate about producing exquisite, one-of-a-kind pieces. and they’ve certainly succeeded in doing so. Take a closer look into the Sseko story and see some of my personal favorites below.
“This chunky, hand woven scarf features a modern twist on a traditional Ethiopian tibeb pattern.”
“The Lalibella Loafer is crafted in Ethiopia from subtley-distressed, vintage gold leather that will add an effortlessly chic polish to any look.”
“The Sseko leather tote is handcrafted in Kenya by an artisan organization that aims to cultivate the indigenous handcrafting skills of local artisans.”