STELAR has an authentic and compelling story of cultural and economic enhancment that is quite literally to each item they make.Founded in 2017 by designer and creative director, Lorna Watson, who has worked in the luxury goods industry for the past 25 years. They create unique, handwoven and handcrafted bags with history and meaning whilst re-interpreting time-honoured skills and generating sustainable livelihoods for existing and future artisans in Bali. Reflecting a fresh way of thinking, STELAR is referencing the past whilst embracing the future. Every hand-woven bag is accompanied by its own unique code which connects the owner to the provenance of their bag, introduces them to the artisan who created it, and in turn, supports the skills and the artisan communities they are working with. The launch collection features a leather range with luxurious woven purses and bags that come with a range of interchangeable straps and a basket-woven range which is entirely made of vegan materials.
MADE IN INDONESIA
BASED IN UK AND SHIPPING: INTERNATIONAL
WE HAVE VERIFIED INFORMATION WITH THE BRAND
They use locally grown atta grass and each part of the weaving process is completely organic, natural and biodegradable. The leather they source is a by-product of organic farming for the local food industry in Indonesia and they only use traceable leather which has a low impact on the environment and does not come from deforestation areas.
To tan their leather they only use low level chemical tanning and low water usage during the tanning process. They use natural dyes to dye their atta grass black and for the natural colour they are left undyed.
Through their Unique Code system, they connect the customer to the artisan who created their bag.
Wherever possible for the tanning processes they use masking agents including organic mineral salts and acids, to safely extract chromium without the need for incineration, otherwise recycling systems are in place to recover and re-use chrome as efficiently as possible. Ultrafiltration using reverse osmosis and multi effect evaporation systems are used to minimise the output of contaminated wastewater into the environment.
They use locally sourced reusable cotton fabric bags to deliver their bags.
They create belts and clip on tassels using leftover leather to minimise waste.
Their bags are produced ethically by artisans in rural communities who work from home. Their leather bags are tailored and assembled in 2 family owned manufacturers in Bali. Their operations manager visit the artisans every week and the brand visit a minimum of 4 months out of 12. They provide fair and equal wages, good working conditions and flexible working hours.