Labor Day Doesn’t Mean Giving Up On One of Summer’s Hottest Trends

It’s Labor Day, but don’t let the unofficial end of summer make you think you need to give up on one of its hottest trends. Though, don’t get woven into the rush to chose! Cliché wants to help you discover the right straw bag for you and for our environment and the people who make them. These two excellent websites ( and will give you the summer craze for straw bags and how you can choose one that gives back.



Delicate, trendy, and warm. Everything you want from this summer’s craze for straw handbags can easily be found at Here you can choose from a plethora of tightly woven patterns such as the compact and intricate Stella Bag or the refreshing and cute Chloé Bag. Even the larger, traditional straw bags are available such as the Lola Bag that delivers that timeless look. If you think these Bembien bags are something to be excited for, wait until you hear their mission.

“It was a woman in a white linen dress who started it all. We caught a glimpse of her crossing a cobblestone street in New York and on her shoulder swung a perfect, woven basket…. We were transfixed.”

Founder Yi-Mei Truxes spent years searching for the right style to evoke the same magic from the woman in New York. Finally, she discovered a small village of artisan in Bali who gave her the inspiration to start her line. Working together with these talented artisans, they built Bembien and a spectacular collection of straw bags. Yi-Mei Truxes works to support these artisans and bring their artwork to a larger market. In addition to helping these artisans, Bembien gives back to their communities by donating 10% of their proceeds to Nest, a nonprofit organization that works to build the global workforce while preserving culture and protecting the well being of the people.



The Little Market

        Perhaps you have heard of them before. The Little Market has been huge talk by people across the country and has been featured in People, Teen Vogue, Glamour, and many more. The Little Market has a huge selection of kitchen needs, candles, furniture, and, of course, the widely sought out straw bags. If you’re on the search for that traditional weave pattern that conveys that classic charm, look no further because these are definitely the straw bags for you. The more classic straw bags such as the Iringa Market Basket and the Bohemian Market Basket give off that natural, wholesome feel. If you’re looking for that same classic weave with a modern twist, then you have to check out the beautiful color variations of those bags, including vibrant blues and pinks. The Gardening Basket-Blue adds that perfect, fresh color pop to an otherwise vintage look.


“We measure our success by the positive social and economic impact on our artisans and their communities. Our customers’ purchases have a positive impact on the artisans’ lives.”

The Little Market has an intense focus on committing to making the world a better place for artisans in 28 different countries across the globe. Everything you purchase from The Little Market is truly artisan-made, ethically sourced, and follows the code of fair trade. As you navigate through their website,, you can find information on exactly who you are helping, how their products are made, and detailed information on how they follow the fair trade principles: create opportunities for economically and socially marginalized procedures, develop transparent and accountable relationships, build capacity, promote fair trade, pay fairly and promptly, support safe and empowering working conditions, ensure the rights of children, cultivate environmental stewardship, and respecting cultural identity. Following the summer craze for straw bags has never felt so warm.


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