K'ai&Vrosi

Kai’Vrosi is a contemporary Turkish brand that creates stylish handbags and accessories from traditional ‘peshtemal’ woven fabric that is created by craftsmen and women from the Black Sea. The region has long-standing historic relationship with ‘peshtemal’, and these stunning bags combine this colourful cloth with genuine leather and handwoven wicker to create eye-catching, modern designs.

Kai’Vrosi builds on the cultural diversity of the Black Sea region by combining ‘K’ai’ and ‘vrosi’ which both mean ‘good’ in Laz, the language of the people of Ardeşen on the Black Sea, and while ‘k’ai’ is predominantly used in the Arhavi region, ‘vrosi’ is mostly used by the Laz people. The brand is fundamentally built on sustainable practices and preserves the craftsmanship of people whose knowledge has been passed down through generations.

The brand is now available in some of Turkey’s most desirable boutiques, from seaside hotels in Bodrum to Istanbul’s slick and stylish department stores.

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Workers are paid a living wage; no child labour or human trafficking is involved in the production of the collection; the factory is compliant with all local environmental regulations.

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Hides or textiles in this collection are sourced as a by-product of the food industry, population control of wild animals, and/or free-range farming.

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This collection is entirely made in the designer’s studio and/or by an artisan collective of fewer than 10 people.

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