Actress and philanthropist Olivia Wilde has a reputation for helping people in need and giving back to less fortunate communities, particularly in Haiti. This year, the A-lister wanted to further her contributions to Haiti by co-designing a limited-edition bag for charity with her partner-in-good Barbara Burchfield and our very own Accessories Director, Mollie Culligan.
“I thought, what company could create something with us that would really be able to have that same feeling of something loved and worn and beautiful and organic and Alternative was just the perfect and obvious fit,” says Olivia. Both Olivia and Barbara wanted to collaborate on a cross-body to backpack convertible bag that resembled Olivia’s own “Haiti Bag” which she had carried on many of her countless trips there.
The Message Bag is a unisex style crafted from vintage army canvas, pebbled leather and accents of antique brass hardware. Wearers will find an added bonus on the inside of the bag as they open up the canvas flap and see the message strip inside. Here, you can personalize your Message Bag and write your own statement message just like Olivia and Barbara do with their mantra “choose to care.”
Proceeds from the Message Bag will help spread a message against poverty and benefit the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by furnishing a classroom for local underprivileged schoolchildren. Remember, this is not just a bag, it’s an opportunity for an education.
x Eleni Snider