To be a great brand you need to be a great company. Our people are our greatest asset, so naturally it´s not only about what we make, but equally important how we make it.
We are committed to supporting the communities where our employees live and work and make sure their conditions are safe and fair. Ethical sustainability and compassion for our fellow humans is actually what brought us here in the first place.
It all started back in 1977 when Anders Sandlunds parents, Jan and Inger Sandlund, made a life changing decision. They left the spruce bark tannery and the small village of Böle and joined The Swedish Swallows to work as volunteers in Bangladesh.
In their new home, the rural village Bagatipara, they made new friends, among them Atiq and Dolly Hossain. Atiq, a former teacher in Bagatipara, and his wife shared the same ambition as Jan and Inger, to strive for progress and social development, especially amongst the poor and young.
When Jan and Inger moved back to Böle in 1979, the Hossains and Sandlunds stayed in touch. 20 years later the families met again and decided that the best way to bring about change is to create work opportunities. Eventually they started a joint venture manufacturing leather goods in Bangladesh.
Tulin Hossain, Atiq and Dolly’s son, came to visit Böle in April 2006. During his two-month stay he practised at the spruce bark tannery and saddlery workshop to learn the basics of tannery and bag making. It marked the dawning of our partnership and the birth of Sandlund/Hossain.
Today the Sandlund/Hossain studio in Dhaka occupies 25 employees. We are a young brand with a clear intent; apart from making the most beautiful, durable and sustainable bags in the world, our mission is to create an enduring brand that takes full responsibility for our people, our partners, our customers and our environment.
Our products touch the lives of hundreds of workers and their families, and we are committed to drive positive social and environmental change through our brand.
We are determent to defend clean water, clean air and clean soil. The production of leather accessories accounts for a considerable amount of the total greenhouse gas emissions, as it involves cattle breeding, water waste and use of toxic chemicals like chromium and mercury. In order to change that it needs to be controlled all along its value chain, from methane emissions and conversion of natural ecosystems, to chemicals, water and energy used in the processing. Our goal is to control the supply chain, from raw material to finished product, so we can create the most sustainable process in the world for producing leather goods.