Mentawai Handwoven Bamboo Vegan Medium Tote Bag | Natural
This vegan bamboo tote bag is a contemporary take on a summer favourite. Robust and lightweight in equal measure, it is handcrafted using traditional Lombokian weaving skills, offset with contemporary jacquard straps. Sling the bag over your shoulder for trips to the market and beach alike.
Bamboo is indigenous to Indonesia and has been used for centuries to weave daily utilitarian objects such as baskets and mats. It grows easily and quickly, regenerates itself and is highly durable. The bamboo Stelar uses is grown organically and harvested by their artisan communities, then dried naturally in the sun before it is ‘split’ into different thicknesses and woven into panels.
This tote bag also comes with its own unique code, that connects you to the artisan who handcrafted it for you.
- Dimensions: Length 40cm x Depth 32cm x Width 12cm
- Shoulder Straps 30cm from top of bag
- Contemporary jacquard straps in hot orange
Hand-woven by evacuees from Mount Agung volcano in Bali.
Founded by Lorna Watson, a trained goldsmith and designer, with 25 years expertise in the luxury goods industry. STELAR is the realisation of a vision to restore age-old artisanal techniques and bring them to the forefront of today's international marketplace.
Working directly with artisans in Bali to create unique, hand-woven and hand-crafted accessories that have history and meaning, STELAR is re-imagining indigenous skills that have been passed down from generation to generation to create long-term positive impact and sustainable livelihoods within the communities that most rely upon them.
Vegan and cruelty-free.
Luxury accessory brand STELAR reflects a new generation of social entrepreneurs, driven by a mission to re-define the concept of luxury while balancing the priorities of people, purpose and profit. The company collaborates directly with artisan communities in Bali using age-old indigenous techniques to create unique, hand-woven and hand-crafted luxury accessories.
Lorna Watson has spent twenty-five years in the luxury goods industry. A visionary who has built her career directing the creative vision and development of iconic collections for numerous international brands including Dior, De Beers, Burberry and Astley Clarke, her expertise and insight has contributed to making STELAR a brand to watch.
Having witnessed the phenomenal environmental and ethical impact the industry has been grappling with, Lorna was driven to create a business that inspires a new way of thinking, a new way of connecting people and a more responsible way to do business. An early adopter of conscious living, Lorna has made it her mission to make a significant step-change within the industry and the lives of the people she is working with.
“STELAR is passionate about reviving age-old craftsmanship, re-building communities and championing a change for good. Working in collaboration with artisan communities to re-imagine ancient weaving techniques, STELAR creates high quality, hand-woven bags and accessories using locally sourced natural, raw materials, designed and made to last.”
Always choosing pesticide-free materials, STELAR also works with bamboo, which is local to their production in Indonesia and naturally regenerative. Other materials incorporated into their collection include atta grass, which grows locally and is naturally dried to make the end product robust and waterproof.
The Bali-born brand is immersed in a wealth of historical craftsmanship – but also aware of the challenges that Balinese communities are facing. The onset of mass production and demands for cheaper labour within the fast fashion industry has forced many artisans to leave their communities in search of unskilled jobs, at considerable social cost, while still struggling to make a reasonable living for themselves and their families.
STELAR is passionate about reviving age-old craftsmanship, re-building communities and championing a change for good – the wage they offer their artisans is an average of 2.4 times the national living wage. Working in collaboration with artisan communities to re-imagine ancient weaving techniques, STELAR creates high quality, hand-woven bags and accessories using locally sourced natural, raw materials, designed and made to last.
STELAR works directly with the communities that create their products – the hand-weaving of the accessories takes place in the artisans’ homes and villages, allowing the company to avoid the excessive water usage that factory production often entails.
STELAR produce design-led, quality-based styles that are cross-seasonal and made to last while sourcing the majority of their materials locally and supporting regional businesses and producers wherever possible. By applying this integrated approach, the brand is able to simplify logistics, minimise transportation, and lower the impact on humans and the environment, which in turn, results in fewer CO2 emissions than traditional supply and distribution chains.
The packaging used by STELAR is recyclable. The brand is working on a new packaging plan to further minimise their environmental impact.
A large number of STELAR's bags are made from entirely vegan materials such as bamboo and atta.
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Customers within the UK
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We hope you love the items you buy from us; we take the utmost care in ensuring our brands and products are of a high quality. Additionally, as shipping goods has an environmental impact, we hope to minimise returns by giving you as much information as possible about each product.
However, we understand that from time to time things might not be quite what you expected. So here is our policy and instructions if you ever need to return a product.
How do I request a return?
Immaculate Vegan is a multi-brand marketplace. That means that we offer products from different brands based in different countries. So you need to return your item directly to the brand supplier, not to Immaculate Vegan.
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How long do I have to return my order?
You have 14 days to inform us of your desire to return an item, and then a further 14 days from the date you notify us to send back the item.
Do you offer free returns?
Unfortunately because they are small, independent businesses, the vast majority of our brands are NOT able to offer free shipping – it would simply make trading unfeasible. An exception is Will's Vegan Store which does offer free returns and exchanges. Please still contact email@example.com to make a return or exchange for Wills, and we will process this for you.
Please note that any delivery costs or import taxes you may have had to pay to receive an item cannot be refunded by us upon the return of that item.
What can be returned?
Any item – regular priced or sale price – may be returned and refunded. This includes items purchased with a promotional or discount code.
However, any custom-made / made to order products cannot be returned and refunded.
What if an item is faulty?
If an item is faulty, the brand is responsible for paying for costs of returning the item. Please inform us if you receive a faulty item as soon as possible, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ensure you either have a refund or an exchange.
How should I send back my return?
Please ensure you package your return securely to prevent any damage to the items or boxes.
You are responsible for any item being returned until it arrives back at the supplier. We recommend a signed-for and tracked delivery with proof of postage. This is to ensure that if an item goes missing, it can be tracked.
For non-domestic, international returns, please ensure the package is clearly marked as a return, i.e. 'RETURNED GOODS – FAILED SALE'. We ask that you also use a Customs Declaration (like a CN22 form) that allows you to formally mark the package as Returned Goods. Otherwise the brand will incur import charges that you – the customer – will be liable for. This amount will be deducted from your refund as well as any shipping costs. It may be advisable to take a photo of your package in the event of any dispute.
In what condition will you accept returns?
All items returned must be in their original condition – unused, unworn, unwashed, in the original packaging and with original labels and any hygiene stickers attached. All beauty products must be unopened, with all seals in place. Unfortunately, our suppliers will not be able to accept any items that fail to meet these criteria.
Processing your return
Once your returned item is received and inspected, the supplier will notify us, and we will then send you an email confirming this.
If your return is approved, your refund will be processed. We aim to refund you as soon as we can, once your returned item has been processed by the supplier.
We are legally obliged to ensure your money is refunded within 14 working days of receipt of the returned goods in a saleable condition.
Please note that original shipping costs are not refundable unless the delivered item is faulty.
Most of our brand partners allow exchanges, although some only offer a return and refund. If you wish to have an exchange, please contact us at email@example.com.
If you have had to pay import duty on a purchase, then you may be able to reclaim that from your local tax office, if you return the goods. Immaculate Vegan is not responsible for any additional customs and taxes applied to an order.
Returns & Damages
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If you cancel an order that has been dispatched you are obliged to pay the cost of the return shipping. Note: we are unable to refund this or the original shipping fee.
We aim to process your refund within than 5 days of receipt of goods.
Any custom-made or made-to-order products cannot be cancelled.
This policy applies to products purchased from the www.immaculatevegan.com website only.
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