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Making a Difference One Bag at a Time

With their burst of colorful upcycled patchwork detailing, Dialog London Handbags, delight both the bohemian and glamorous fashionista. Labeled by both Vogue and Travel & Leisure respectively as being “kitsh” and “of the minute”, these timeless expressions of art are not just fashion statements but a revelation of resourcefulness bridging existing concepts of upcycling and Fairtrade partnerships into practice. Run by a cross-cultural graduate of London’s esteemed Central St. Martins College of Art, this Asia based whimsical and fashion-forward collective of handbags meld Asian textile techniques with sophisticated urban sensibility.

Dialog London’s products have been sold in different fashion boutiques internationally and have been featured in Anthropologie (USA), ASOS (UK) and Endless.com (USA).

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In honor of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (December) and the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (January), this season Dialog London is partnering with the 852 Freedom Campaign and the Mekong Club to help build ‘Hope Centers’ of healing and rehabilitation for trafficking survivors and vulnerable women and girls. The proceeds of each handbag will feature a story of a survivor and how the money will help restore their lives. Originating from Hong Kong, the 852 Freedom campaign is a new justice movement in Hong Kong to raise up a generation of people to help end modern day slavery in our lifetime.

Dialog London is currently collaborating with Adore through their Sales representative in Harvey Nichols to raise awareness against the prevalent Slavery and Human Trafficking problems faced in the region.

Many Stories One Thread

The name Dialog suggests openness, as well as the dialogue that sparks when different cultures are brought together. The brand Dialog transforms this idea into an explosion of textures and colors that is glamorous, bohemian and eclectic. It is a company that believes in bringing sustainability through creative means, such as imposing positive changes to various communities of women by providing them with sustainable incomes and an avenue to regain their confidence and sense of dignity.

The easily-learned origami trimmings, Dialog’s signature trim, not only serve as a means of generating income, but the incorporated fabrics also hold local cultural significance that reflect a colorful visual narrative of the lives involved. Dialog London also carries bag styles showcasing bright and colorful hand-woven cottons from tsunami regeneration projects in Thailand, rich embroideries from Vietnam, intricate cross-stitching from Tibetan autonomous regions as well as other upcycled fabrications and leathers from China.
This new phenomenon of combining upcycling with haute couture that aims to create sustainable employment for women with restricted opportunities in third world countries has not gone unnoticed, and has been reviewed by many across the world. Accessories Magazine’s editor awarded Dialog with ‘Best Accessories’ at a New York Fashion Week event. Furthermore, the unique Love Saori clutch, with its bright heart-shaped red clasp, was voted Editor’s Choice by Fabulous Magazine in the UK. Last but not least, the Anthropologie’s online customers gave glowing five-star reviews to the iconic bronze cross-body bag, ‘Sake’.

These bags and purses are unique collectables: each print, trim and fabrication unique and different from another; timeless gifts woven by the many that have come together to make this story possible.

Animal Purses

These animal-styled purses are acknowledged and loved by Marie Claire, Asos and Anthropologie. While designing bags to feature the fourfold trims, Dialog thought of animals as the global icon that would best appeal and speak to all cultures and ages. These purses are currently available in the shape of a bird, fish, horse or dinosaur that come in colourful cotton prints or leatherettes. The bird signifies hope and peace, the fish points to prosperity and productivity, the horse represents love and strength, and the dinosaur, uniqueness.

 

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Our bags

Each Dialog handbag is one of a kind: each bag furnished with our signature iconic four-fold trim is a statement of financial independence for the various income generating initiatives around Asia. They are created from a series of Fair Trade Trimming Sewing Networks such as Hands of Hope, Vietnam Embroidery Network, etc.