Lua began 17 years ago in 2000; With a strong affinity towards South East Asia, we arrived in Vietnam after a year of travelling and adventure and were deeply impressed by the beautiful and colourful fabrics, as well as the skills of the local artisans producing clothing and accessories there. Inspired by what we found, we soon set to work on the enjoyable task of developing hand-made samples of our first silk and cotton bags and purses. Versions of some of these original bag styles are still firm favourites in our collections today.
Back in 2000, we wanted to bring a little of these fine handicraft skills back to the UK by providing beautiful products but at an affordable price. Our aim has been to showcase and continue the traditional textile skills of many villagers in Vietnam, to provide employment for women in rural farming areas of Vietnam and, of course, to provide a highly enjoyable and rewarding lifestyle for our own growing family.
The majority of our products are designed in the UK by Emma Knoble and come to life using the talents of craftspeople in Vietnam. We specialise in hand-made day bags and purses with an emphasis on beautiful textiles - fabrics such as silks, canvas and funky printed cottons in the Summer and velvet, corduroys and thicker tweeds, jerseys and tartans in the Winter.
Our ranges have a bohemian flavour with a quirky, fun yet contemporary appeal - colour combining, gorgeous patterns and textures are key.
We are a family-run business and most of our products are produced in partnership with local small business in Vietnam. Our ties with Vietnam have grown stronger over the last 17 years of trading and we visit regularly, sometimes with our children who share our love of travelling and making new friends. We continue to visit our suppliers at least twice a year and:
Ensure no children are employed. Nearly all of our workers are young women supporting their families;
Pay a full and fair price for our products agreed in discussion with our Vietnamese partners who, in turn, ensure a fair wage and good working conditions for their workers. We have purposefully avoided the ‘designer’ image and price tag for our products and have always tried to balance a sustainable income for our workers with an affordably priced product for the retailer;