The brothers who brought us WANT Les Essentiels, bring us something really GOOD.
TEXT: ADAM BRYCE
It was over 10 years ago when the Montreal-based twins, Byron and Dexter Peart, founded fashion accessories brand WANT Les Essentiels. A label that brought function to the forefront of leather goods without sacrificing any of its luxury looks or quality. The brothers exited the company in 2017 but, some three years on, they find themselves back in the bag game.
This time around, innovating in the same space again but with sustainability and ethical production values at the core. Inspired by a trip to West Africa (as part of the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative, which connects artisans in developing regions to international fashion brands), the brothers launched Goodee, an online marketplace for ethically made clothing and home goods. And this week, released their first bag — the Bassi Market Tote.
The classic market totes are crafted with hand-woven cotton by artisans working in social cooperatives in the Ouagadougou region of Burkina Faso and produced in Northern Italy by ethical fashion company Cartiera, which offers gainful employment and training to immigrants and asylum seekers.
They’ve left no stone unturned and that’s exactly what you’d expect from the Peart pair.