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Life-Changing Macbook Cases

Della LA Creates Unique Accessories That Employ Women in Ghana

— March 10, 2012 — Social Good
Della LA is a line of handmade, fair trade accessories created by women in Ghana, Africa.

To compensate the artisans for their vibrant and unique products, they receive fair wages, which help these women lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Additional revenues go back into the social enterprise to help supply education and training, as well as allow them to scale and hire more women.

The for-purpose fashion line was founded by Tina Tangalakis, a designer from Los Angeles who was hit with the desire to make a difference after volunteering as a teacher at the Happy Kids Orphanage in Ghana. During that time she bonded with a local seamstress who shared her love of fashion design and contribution.

Shortly after, Della was launched, and they began making handbags to benefit the local women through employment and education. Today they sell a range of colourful products like hand bags and shoulder bags, head bands, wallets and even Macbook sleeves.

Contact Information
Della LA website
Della LA on Twitter

Trend Themes
1. Sustainable and Ethical Fashion - Creating handmade and fair-trade fashion accessories that support women in poverty-stricken areas provide an opportunity for disruption in the fashion industry.
2. Social Enterprise - Using revenues to scale and hire more women in poverty-stricken areas for production provides a disruptive opportunity in the world of business that contributes to social change.
3. Inclusive Design - Expanding product ranges to include women in poverty-stricken areas in the design and production process provides an opportunity for disruptive innovation in the design industry.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - The fashion industry can benefit from disruptive innovation by implementing sustainable and ethical practices like handmade and fair trade production, and inclusive design.
2. Social Enterprise - Businesses that contribute to social change and poverty alleviation through production of handmade fair trade goods and social investment can drive disruptive innovation.
3. Design - The design industry has an opportunity for disruptive innovation by incorporating traditions and cultural elements from women in poverty-stricken areas in the development of fashion accessories and other products.
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