Cesta is a mission-based handbag brand, focused on a meaningful supply chain with integrity. Our hope is to create economy & promote female empowerment in the developing world through joyful, ethically made accessories.
Our baskets are handwoven by female artisans in Rwanda, Africa, using locally-sourced, renewable resources. Each piece is finished by hand in America with carefully chosen, sustainable materials. Our hope is to create economy in the developing world through joyful, ethically made accessories. We work hand-in-hand with our Rwandan weaving partners to honor their age-old tradition, while interpreting it through a modern lens. Every Cesta basket proudly features woven and embroidered details by these skilled female artisans, furthering our mission to celebrate their craft while supporting the livelihood of fellow creative women. Established in 2018 by Courtney Fasciano and Erin Ryder with a clear design point of view and larger goal of creating beautiful products, while making a difference. Cesta was recognized by the CFDA in 2019, for our excellence in global logistics.
“They’re luxe, not “crunchy”. Cesta is subverting the many stigmas surrounding sustainable fashion”
The artisans in Rwanda set the price per baskets themselves, they have a voice in the process and are paid fair wages that help lift them out of poverty within 12 months. Our raw materials are all rooted in sustainability, the baskets are made of organic vegetable-dyed sisal and raffia - ideal biodegradable and renewable resources. We use vegetable-tanned Nappa leather from an Italian tannery that is both Blue Angle Certified and Gold Rated by the LWG and dead stock, often organic, fabrics.