We believe that just being a vegan brand is not sufficient. We care about people just as much as we care about the planet. It is important for us to know "Who makes our Bags?" We now manufacture with several countries, working with artisans from USA, India, South Korea, Mexico and Italy. We continue to seek new artisans that spark our creativity so we can bring you a diverse range of bags that fit your lifestyle. All our bags are sweatshop-free, Each factory has been personally visited and checked for ethical working conditions for their workers.
GUNAS bags are 100% free of animal by-product. That means no silk, no fur, no wool, no down feathers, no leather! We use a variety of fabrics including coated canvases, nylons, eco-polyurethane, ultra-leather, ultra-suede and up-cycled polyester for linings.
We do not use any PVC. Whenever possible, we also incorporate up-cycled upholstery fabrics and vintage materials into our collection. We are continuously trying to improve our material quality and experimenting by incorporating new materials such as cork, rubber and pinatex into our designs. All hardware is lead and nickel free.
The custom logo hardware is made using recycled metals and is 24 carat gold plated. The lining fabric is made from up-cycled cotton canvas or recycled plastic bottles (essentially recycled Polyester) and we only use YKK zippers.
Supply and demand are correlated. Consumers and companies share equal responsibility towards products that are produced and consumed by society. At GUNAS we promote conscious consumerism and urge you to make an educated decision between the several choices you have, taking into account the impacts that your purchases have more broadly on people and the environment. Know the hidden costs of the "non-tangible" aspects such as human and animal suffering behind the products you support. Thank you for choosing wisely.
In 2012 GUNAS was awarded the Ethical Fashion award by the Ethical Fashion Forum in London, UK. We are so humbled and honored by this recognition. PETA awarded GUNAS the best Handbag brand in 2014. In 2015 Sugandh was awarded by the Independent Handbag Designers Association HBD101, sponsored by Instyle Magazine and was featured in their September issue.