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Lost in Samsara
Lost in Samsara

Lost in Samsara

Working with makers in Peru and Cambodia to provide economic empowerment through upcycled accessories.

There’s a lot more to Lost in Samsara’s ethical accessories than first meets the eye. 

All of the handy everyday accessories in their collection – wallets, purses, earrings, card holders and more – are upcycled, made from materials that would otherwise be headed for landfill. Environmental impact throughout the manufacturing process is kept as low as possible, with products designed to last too. It’s an antidote to throwaway fashion. 

On top of eco-friendly credentials, Lost in Samsara’s ethical accessories have a social purpose. They create job opportunities for disadvantaged artisans, who work in small co-operatives, all of which are Fairtrade certified or work strictly to fair trade principles. 

By providing vocational training, good working conditions and fair wages, Lost in Samsara and their partners help these artisans on a path to economic empowerment and long-term stability. Not to mention giving their confidence and overall wellbeing a boost. 

Then there’s the benefit to the wider community. Empowering individual artisans massively reduces poverty in the area where they live and work, so the impact is far reaching and long lasting. 

Lost in Samsara’s commitment to giving back to the Earth and its inhabitants also shows up in a partnership with reforestation organisation One Tree Planted. For every product sold, a tree is planted.

All of this is underpinned by Lost in Samsara’s core belief: small actions count and small actions multiplied by millions can change the world. The kind of thinking we love.

Meet The Founder

Lost in Samsara goes back to 2015, when co-founders Marvi Scala and Alessia Di Marcantonio first started partnering with small fair trade projects. It was their vision to create an accessories brand for people who want to wear values they believe in. 

Since the very beginning, they’ve chosen partners based on their fair trade ethos, the way they give back to the local community and their attention to the environment. 

How did the name come about? Well, Samsara is a Sanskrit word referring to the “cycle of aimless wandering and mundane existence.” Lost in Samsara is a metaphor for the economic and environmental crisis we’re in, which invites us to think about solutions. Like overhauling production systems so they work for people and the planet, as Marti and Alessia champion through their way of doing business.

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