It’s always great to see an initiative created for positive change in the world, especially when it’s coming from a culture like fashion and design which can often be superficial and insular in tone. stone + cloth is a new backpack brand made up of simple, stylish basic packs . The sale of the bags contribute proceeds to The Knock Foundation, an organization located in Tanzania which focuses on child education in the region.
The creation of the brand was inspired by a trip founder Matthew Clough took to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro some time ago. While descending from the summit, he learned the porter, Benson, doesn’t earn enough money to put his children through school. This stayed with Matthew and arriving home, he realised he wanted to do something to help. He started researching how he could give sustainably. The first style of backpack available today is named ‘The Benson’ after the porter.
“We’re focusing our giving efforts on education because it’s what they value and has the potential to create brighter futures.” says Clough. Donations from stone + cloth are distributed into scholarships, school supplies and school lunches.
The backpacks feature a rucksack flap with swivel-hook closure, adjustable rope drawcord, two open exterior pockets and one front zipper pocket, a padded laptop sleeve and a secure interior pocket for phone, cash and other small essentials. They are all created in Southern California.
You can purchase them here.