Namaste UK hold a special place in our hearts here at Accessory Fair, as they were the first fair trade supplier we bought from when we started the company. In fact, for the first year we were in existence, Namaste were the only brand we stocked!
The good folks from Skipton are still our largest supplier, providing us with superb fair trade Namaste bags (handbags, messengers, shoulder bags and shoppers), as well as fantastic scarves, hats, bracelets, necklaces, sarongs and winter woolies.
What Namaste UK say about themselves…
Namaste was inspired by a journey through India in 1995 on reconditioned ex-Indian Army Enfield Bullet motorbikes. Founder Sam Brummitt, his sister and her partner travelled to India for a quick visit that turned into a six month adventure. Sleeping under the stars most nights by the side of the road they quickly developed a passion for this most amazing sub-continent and especially the warm, friendly and hospitable people they met. One day in Rajasthan, they got into conversation with the owner of a small textile business who suggested they went back home to England and started a business. Today Ganpat is a lifelong friend and is still one of Namaste's key suppliers.
Lives were changed by this chance encounter and a business was started which was named Namaste after the greeting which was so often extended to them. Some say it simply means "Hello," but a better translation, perhaps, is "I greet the spirit within you."
At the core of Namaste UK are our suppliers with whom we work very closely. Our criteria for passing them as fair trade producers, and hence suitable business partners, are based on international fair trade guidelines.
You can see our full range of Namaste bags, scarves, bracelets, necklaces, hats and sarongs here...