Back to our Roots
Jenny Wall / 3 min Read
Accessories you can’t live without, handcrafted in India.
We are thrilled to introduce our latest collection of bags and travel accessories, that have been crafted with passion and precision in our new workshop located in the vibrant city of Kolkata, India. This collaboration marks a significant milestone for Gandys, as it reflects our commitment to quality, sustainability, and takes us back to our roots.
Our founders Rob and Paul spent many of their formative years travelling around India with their family – switching stereotypical schooling for a life of adventure, they saw the world and fell in love with India. However, they tragically lost their parents in the 2004 tsunami, and seven years after the disaster, Rob and Paul decided to launch a business that donates its profits to supporting projects around the world.
Our new workshop embraces our brand's origins and where our journey began. By working closely with the Kolkata workshop, we have gained invaluable insight into their operations, ensuring ethical and sustainable practices. We've fostered strong relationships with the artisans, enabling us to produce in smaller quantities, thereby reducing waste and ensuring that each piece is crafted with utmost care and attention to detail.
At the heart of this partnership lies a dedication to producing high-quality products that stand the test of time. Our new workshop in Kolkata adheres to stringent standards, ensuring each item meets the highest levels of craftsmanship. What makes this collaboration even more exciting is our commitment to sourcing materials locally. By doing so, we not only support the artisans and local communities but also contribute to a more sustainable future. The reduction in air miles from materials sourced within the region aligns perfectly with our eco-conscious values, minimizing our carbon footprint and promoting responsible production. Once the products have been made, we transport them by sea as this shipping method has the smallest carbon footprint.
The Made in India Collection has been designed with longevity in mind. These bags and travel accessories are not fleeting fashion items but timeless companions for your adventures. Crafted from organic cotton, treated leather and strong stitching, they are built to withstand the rigors of travel and everyday life, becoming trusted companions on your journeys. In this collection, you'll discover gems like The Kolkata Work Bag, The Assam Backpack, The Goa Sling, The Johari Bum Bag, The Kasol Wash Bag, The Sand Himalaya Backpack, and The Ansari Hanging Wash Bag. Each of these additions boasts impeccable design with a strong focus on longevity.
Finally, by choosing Gandys, you're not just acquiring a product; you're investing in quality, sustainability, and a brighter future for the communities we support. Join us in this remarkable journey, where heritage meets innovation, and where each purchase leaves a lasting, positive impact.