The Ministry of Tomorrow (MOT) is a luxury fashion brand that supports important environmental and social developments around the world. Founded in 2011, MOT designs bags and accessories and produces them in facilities that provide fair wage jobs in impoverished communities.
Quality and Design
The Ministry of Tomorrow defines luxury through a new expression of imaginative design that is elegant and at the same time distinctive and functional. Our fashion statement is: “Awe-inspiring works of art”. Our bags are hand-crafted by skilled artisans who are proudly devoted to producing one-of-a-kind, exceptional quality bags.
MOT’s flagship project is in Nairobi, Kenya just outside of Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums. This MOT-built facility sponsors professional artisan tailors who are recruited from within Kibera to make designer women’s and men’s bags, creating sustainable livelihoods for its employees. The employees at the bag factory are able to work in a safe, comfortable, and clean environment.
Women’s empowerment is another MOT core initiative, exemplified by Gertrude "Michelle" Aricha, who has been sponsored by MOT to fully own and operate the factory that produces the company’s bags. Michelle in turn employs tailors from Kibera to produce the luxury bags for MOT.
As our top priority, wherever possible, we use the highest quality sustainable eco materials to make our bags that include; ANIMAL FREE leather from Italy and Japan, 100% certified organic and fair trade canvas from India, low impact dyes and recycled rubber padding.
For example, the canvas used in our bags is made from organic cotton that is sourced from Rajlakshmi Mills in Kolkata India. Rajlakshmi Mills buys the cotton directly from the Chetna Organic Farmers Association, a collective of more than 6,000 organic cotton farmers that Rajlakshmi Mills supports at every step from the field to the mill. Smallholder farmers (farmers owning small-based plots of land on which they grow subsistence crops and one or two cash crops relying almost exclusively on family labor) who grow the cotton for Rajlakshmi Mills are paid a fair price for their crop, are not exposed to harmful pesticides, and the organic farming methods do not contaminate the earth.
The same eco-philosophy applies throughout the entire process (no chemicals used that harm the earth and respect for the employees) including the ginning (cleaning the cotton), then spinning into yarn which is then woven or knitted into fabric. Even the dyeing process for colored fabrics utilizes low impact dyes that are approved for organic production.
Our customers can take comfort in knowing that every step of production in making our eco-luxury bags contributes to the creation of meaningful change all along the way.
Social and Environmental Activism
Responsible commerce is our way of doing business. Our products are produced with respect for the earth and humankind. We closely examine the supply chain at each step of production and amp up the goodness associated with the raw materials that go into our products and for the people who make them. Therefore, social and environmental activism is woven into the fabric of our products.
Your purchase of MOT products enables sustainable development providing opportunities for people in marginalized places of the world.