Few that Last: The Rowdy Sling Bag
Lately, I’ve been so adamant about owning a few things that will last me a long time. I've been paying attention to a lot of talks around fashion waste and decided to transition into being a conscious consumer. Living out of my suitcase may have something to do with that decision but I really am determined to reduce the amount of fabric waste I personally produce. This has come to mean reducing the number of items I own so I am building a capsule wardrobe full of items that will last and I will love forever.
Today, I would like to share one item that has made it into my "few that last and are loved" wardrobe; my ROWDY sling bag. I first encountered ROWDY Bags at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town. I have always been a fan of leather goods so I naturally was drawn to their cute leather-goods-filled stand. The ROWDY Bags collection also caught my eye because of the classic and timeless designs at relatively affordable prices. As if that wasn't enough, their pieces come with a lifetime guarantee.
I purchased the sling bag in a dark brown and it is the best decision I ever made. The colour goes with practically everything. The bag is hand-stitched from start to finish. ROWDY says their bags are made by 17 trained leather artisans who come from underprivileged backgrounds but are now earning a living as full-time employees at ROWDY.
Though I do not know much about the entire production chain for ROWDY bags, the little I know is more than many African brands are doing to ensure that their production is ethical and environmentally friendly. So, I am absolutely here for ROWDY and their lasting-a-lifetime motto.
Tell me, do you consider yourself a conscious consumer? What eco-friendly brands are your favourite? How do you feel about fast fashion?