Grazia Daily

British designer Vivienne Westwood recently took her quirky fashion eye to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya for her latest design inspiration.

With support from the UN International Trade Center’s Ethical Fashion Program, the designer created a colorful range of handbags made of recycled canvas, plastic, and clothing fabric, and hand constructed by women living in marginalized Kenya communities.

As part of the Ethical Fashion Program, more than 7,000 Kenya women (including single mothers, widows, HIV and AIDS victims and those living in extreme poverty) earned income and acquired work skills that will help improve their lives and allow them to take advantage of job opportunities. Westwood’s line has helped some of the participants increase their income by three to six dollars a day.

The appropriately labeled Ethical Fashion Africa Collection features 12 bags and is a part of  Westwood’s Autumn/Winter 2011-12 line. The bags are available on the Vivienne Westwood website and on