After all these posts I’ve been making pouring out my love for independent designers usually found at music festivals, I would be lying if I said I didn’t still peruse major retailers from time to time. Shopbop and Revolve are the top favorites, but because of being exposed to the little guys and the importance of more sustainable “slow fashion” efforts, I do my best to be conscious about what ethical brands might be available from those websites. Fortunately, there are several in the designer market that do care about humanitarian and earth-friendly practices. Last year I wrote about five sustainable brands found at Shopbop, one of them being Cleobella. I revisited this brand recently and figured it was worth highlighting them again!
Cleobella is a company founded in Bali by Jim and Angela O’Brien due to the rich heritage of the island. The brand was “born on open roads,” based on founder Jim’s love for surfing and a trip around the world in search of the perfect waves. The two made a promise to appreciate the uniqueness in everything and everyone they crossed paths with, which is reflected in everything the brand has to offer. While in Bali, the two fell in love with the culture, and Cleobella was born to give back. By providing work to Bali’s artisans, the brand helps provide a sustainable income to create a positive impact on the entire community. Every product is meticulously made by hand. Bags and accessories are hand-tooled with recycled metals, limited edition textiles and leathers found locally in Bali. In addition, a percentage of every sale is donated to CARE.org to empower women in South East Asia.
“Our company was born on open roads. Jim’s love for surfing was the catalyst for a year long adventure, where we set out to discover waves around the globe. Our one goal was to embrace the soul in everything and everyone we met. Our collection is inspire by those stories you can’t always explain, but can never forget.”
“We founded the company in Bali because we were changed forever by this part of the earth, so enormously full of love, tradition and simplicity. It made sense to give back by embracing the lifestyle. Bali’s heritage, patterns and people remain at the heart of Cleobella. Our work with local artisans helps to provide a sustainable income each year, which helps to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.”
“Cleobella’s intricate process is signature to our brand, creating every product individually by hand makes each design a timeless work of art. Every bag and accessory is skillfully made with quality leathers, hand tooling, recycled metals and limited edition textiles sourced locally in Bali.”
“Cleobella’s handmade process allows us the pleasure of personally working with local artisans and small factories, creating jobs and sustainable incomes in Bali, Indonesia. In addition, Cleobella gives a percentage of all sales to empower women in South East Asia through CARE.org.”
“Cleobella is confident, beautiful and inspiring. She is a free-spirited Bohemian Goddess. Her style and sensibility is effortless. She is a lover of life, nature, people and adventure. Cleobella is my Mother, Cleobelle – born in Northern Ireland, a hippie child of the 1970s living the beach life in Southern California. She is the shining light in my life!”