GOOD VIBES ARE IN THE BAG
Cesta is a mission-based brand, focused on a meaningful supply chain with integrity. Our baskets are handwoven by female artisans in Rwanda, Africa, using locally-sourced, renewable resources. Each piece is finished by hand in Italy with carefully chosen, sustainable materials. Our hope is to create economy in the developing world and to promote female empowerment through joyful, ethically made accessories.
We work hand-in-hand with our Rwandan weaving partners to honor their age-old traditional handcraft, 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.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HANDWORK
Home-based handwork production is the second largest employer of women in emerging economies. Often overlooked, it is a critical economic driver and source of gender independence. Our production partner in Rwanda is audited by a third-party assessment, with higher standards than Fair Trade, who certifies that the baskets we design are ethically handcrafted, and that our artisans are paid a fair wage for the work they do. In fact, Cesta artisans set the price per basket themselves, based on the amount of time and energy each style takes them to weave. They have a voice in the process and are paid wages that allow them to provide for their families, save & invest for their futures. The salary our artisans earn helps to lift them out of poverty within 12 months.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY APPROACH
Our goal — to celebrate the value of handcraft and time honored traditional weaving techniques, interpreting them through a modern lens, and finishing with a thoughtful approach to luxury and best-in-class sustainable materials.