I met the founders of Bhallot, Guillaume & Jean Baptiste during a Slow Fashion event in Paris. Two inspiring social entrepreneurs that I really wanted to introduce to you !
After working two years in Bangladesh for a French NGO, completely immersed in the Bengali culture, the two friends became aware of the ecological and social issues of our society, especially the textile industry.
“We were working into the jute industry so we came with the idea to find openings in this sector and that’s how we decided to involve in the long term the small producers and all the people playing a role into the supply chain of the jute sector.”
To reinvent the fashion of tomorrow by enhancing sustainable natural fibres and local players… That’s how Bhallot born. The two founders wanted to fight again the use of plastic by using the jute fibre, coming from the region of the Bay of Bengal, once used to make our patatoes bags. Also called the Gold of Bengal, the jute is a premium quality fibre, really resistant and soft with a great ecological and social potential.
The picture below explains that 4 millions of people depend on its cultivation. Also, the jute culture can preserve water (1kg of jute needs 160 litres of water vs 1kg of cotton needs 20 000 litres of water). Finally, it doesn’t need to use lots of pesticides to grow.
No need to say that I fell in love with this brand as I totally share its values. After travelling 1 year in Latin America, I also worked directly with artisans to know more about their ancestral know-how and work conditions. To work with artisans can help perpetuing their know-how and traditional techniques by making a premium quality product. And Bhallot can be really proud of its bags’ quality !
This brand also calls to mind as jute is not well developed despite its ecological qualities. And I must admit I thought jute products where not really stylish… Well, I was totally wrong ! Bhallot makes products for different tastes and uses, for both men & women. I obviously fell in love with this style made of 100% jute, enhancing the ancestral know-how of the artisans with the traditional and colorful patterns of the country. This bag is at the same time light and stylish to wander in town, comfy and handy to go on trekking in the mountains !
We work on the finishing of the fabric with a 100% natural treatment to make the fibre rigid and waterproof.” It’s a revolutionary innovation into sustainability and technology ! Moreover, linen has the advantage to be made locally with a really low environmental impact.
Every purchase of a Bhallot bag supports programs to encourage women entrepreneurship, to train about environment protection or to fight against rural poverty.
Here is the selection of my favorite bags of the brand !