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The drawstring leather backpack by Bembien is handwoven in India feels like it was plucked from a vintage photograph. With the charm of a bucket bag, a circular base to sit upright, and two braided shoulder straps for function, this beauty evokes the style of a sun-drenched European beach holiday, yet it's polished enough for year-round versatility. Throw in your essentials and hit the road. 100% handwoven leather with cotton lining, inner pocket and drawstring closure. 11" x 13".
It was a glimpse of a woman in a white linen dress crossing a cobblestone street in New York that started it all. On her shoulder swung a perfect, woven basket bag and it stopped Bembien founder Yi-Mei Truxes in her tracks. There was something about her that was so effortless—she looked as though she had stepped out of 1970s coastal France. It was then that Yi-Mei (then a marketer at Vogue) was inspired to create a line of bags evoking that same nostalgia and perennial style. She eventually found a small village of artisan weavers in Bali and thus, Bembien was born. At the forefront of the Bembien brand is the support of these precious weaving communities. 10% of all Bembien proceeds go back into the local communities in partnership with the nonprofit Nest.
Beyond being stylish, versatile and seasonless, what we love most about the Bembien brand is their commitment to supporting the precious weaving communities who bring their beautiful pieces to life. Click here to learn more about their nonprofit partner Nest, a nonprofit building a new handworker economy to increase global workforce inclusivity, improve women’s wellbeing beyond factories, and preserve important cultural traditions around the world.