Announcement   Welcome to Basmati Bags, home of the upcycled, eco-chic accessory.

STYLE - SYSTAINABILITY - STEWARDSHIP is our creed. What does that mean?

STYLE: We believe that the forward thinking shoppers of today deserve it all - style that speaks to the planet but is also totally cute. All of our products are absolutely one-of-a-kind...so if you see something you like, you shouldn't wait!

SUSTAINABILITY: 100% of the fabric content in our products comes from reclaimed sources. We actually work hard to be locally-oriented and conservationist-minded in all aspects of our operations. We haven't succeeded in saving the planet just yet, but we're certainly trying.

STEWARDSHIP: Every time you purchase a Basmati Bag, you're making a donation to Bay Area non-profits. Really, it's true!

Want more info? Please visit www.basmatibags.com

Announcement

Welcome to Basmati Bags, home of the upcycled, eco-chic accessory.

STYLE - SYSTAINABILITY - STEWARDSHIP is our creed. What does that mean?

STYLE: We believe that the forward thinking shoppers of today deserve it all - style that speaks to the planet but is also totally cute. All of our products are absolutely one-of-a-kind...so if you see something you like, you shouldn't wait!

SUSTAINABILITY: 100% of the fabric content in our products comes from reclaimed sources. We actually work hard to be locally-oriented and conservationist-minded in all aspects of our operations. We haven't succeeded in saving the planet just yet, but we're certainly trying.

STEWARDSHIP: Every time you purchase a Basmati Bag, you're making a donation to Bay Area non-profits. Really, it's true!

Want more info? Please visit www.basmatibags.com

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    Style ~ Sustainability ~ Stewardship: Musings from the owner of Basmati Bags

    Basmati Bags came about by accident. When it started I was eating a lot of rice (which came in those big burlap bags); I also had a housemate whose work in interior design left us with a lot of high-end fabric samples sitting around the house. I needed a new bag, and I wanted something good-looking and eco-friendly. One day I was on my computer - I was googling all over the place trying to find a well designed, authentically sustainable purse...while also being inundated with emails from underfunded nonprofits trying to save education / arts / the planet. I couldn't find the bag that I wanted; I also couldn't see how to help all these organizations who were so desperately struggling to do good work in the world. Perhaps it was because I needed a distraction, or perhaps it was frustration, or perhaps it was inspiration, but one day I decided I would try to solve at least one of my two problems by hand-sewing a bag from the burlap and remnants I had at home. There was no real design plan, no pattern, no entrepreneurial strategy; I just made one and that was that. That is, until one day soon after when a friend happened to see it and was totally into it. And then that friend told someone, who told someone, who told someone, and on and on. At a certain point, it became clear that my simple little bag might be an opportunity for me to integrate issues that I care about: 1) raising the bar for eco-fashion, 2) having a positive impact on the environment, and 3) supporting non-profits through a conscientious business model. And so it was that the company, and our mission statement, was born. It’s been a wild ride, but one that's been both gratifying and exciting. There’s so much enthusiasm for these kinds of ecochic goods, but upcycled products have a very unique set of challenges. But that's okay - Basmati Bags has required me to be both an innovator and a problem-solver, and has given me a chance to help validate for fashionistas, environmentalists, and other small businesses that great products and great works can - and should - go hand-in-hand. And that's effort well spent.

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      For me Basmati Bags means walking my talk. I love fashion, I love the environment, and I feel strongly about having a positive impact on the world around me. This little company is an opportunity to put those sentiments into action. Enjoy!

    Shop policies

    Last updated on November 27, 2017

    Accepted payment methods

    • Visa
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    Returns and exchanges
    I gladly accept returns
    Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
    Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
    I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
    The following items can't be returned or exchanged
    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
    • Custom or personalized orders
    • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
    • Digital downloads
    • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
    • Items on sale
    Returns and exchange details
    Regularly priced merchandise can be returned up to 30 days after the date of purchase. To receive a return label for your shipment, email us at: contact [!at] basmatibags.com. Please note, returns include a 20% restocking fee.

    All discounted items are final sale (i.e., nonreturnable and nonrefundable).
    Shipping
    Items for delivery within the U.S. are shipped via USPS, though in unusual circumstances other carriers may be used. International orders are shipped via USPS / Registered Mail and require a signature for delivery. We endeavor to use the most reliable carriers possible and the best tracking options possible, because we think our customers are worth it. If you would like an expedited FedEx shipment, please message us directly for a shipping quote.

    PLEASE NOTE: For FedEx shipments we will not require a signature for delivery unless you specifically request it during your order. By purchasing a Basmati Bag you are accepting responsibility for FedEx packages which are delivered unattended. If you would like a signature required for your FedEx delivery, please either message us or include a comment when you purchase.
    Additional policies and FAQs
    Are all the components of your bags made from upcycled content?

    Unfortunately not. Our goal is to use the highest combination of upcycled and recycled content possible, but there are still components of our bags that are neither. Most often these include the thread, handles, clasps, feet, and the stiffeners at the bottom of the bags. As the business grows we will continue to look for ways to decrease the amount of new content in our products.

    Why do the fabrics have imperfections?

    One of the realities of using upcycled content is that you have to work with what you get. This can be viewed as a disadvantage or as an opportunity. We see it as the latter. As far as we're concerned it's not about the flaws themselves, but what you do with them. The challenge we've set for ourselves is to not only provide the highest quality product we can, but also to find through the process as many unexpected expressions of beauty as possible.

    Can I order a customized purse?

    Not at this time. Because we are using discarded fabrics we literally have no idea what kind of styles and colors we're going to be working with until they arrive. This makes it much more difficult to guarantee a customer a particular kind of bag. However, the good news is that insofar as each bag is one-of-a-kind, essentially all our products are customized. So you can be confident that when you buy a Basmati Bag, you're the only person on the planet who has it!

    For more FAQs, please visit our main website: www.basmatibags.com