Connecting artisans around the world, the Devi Arts Collective is an ethical fashion
brand featuring handmade nature-inspired jewelry, accessories, and home décor by
designer Bayoush Mengesha.
The idea for the collective came from a deep recognition that she needed to start being accountable for where the raw materials she was using in her pieces had come from. Bayoush's desire to bring the concept of 'slow fashion', the fashion movement that allows consumers to be more environmentally and ethically conscious, to a mainstream audience began in 2013.
In 2014, Bayoush spent several months traveling around India, Guatemala, and Bali looking for ethical co-operatives to work with and purchase from. As things usually go, the trip exceeded her expectations. Not only did she find those co-operatives, but she
connected deeply with the female artisans she met, who enthusiastically took her into
their spaces and shared their work with pride.
Creativity is always a collaboration and transparency is always a priority. This collective is committed to ‘slow fashion’, and to prioritize the well being of every artisan involved in what we eventually call beautiful.