CESTA COLLECTIVE was founded by Courtney Weinblatt Fasciano and Erin Ryder after they were set up on a blind “friend date” and discovered they had a similar dream, to create a mission-based fashion brand with a social impact that supports women.

Their baskets are woven with care by female artisans in Rwanda, Africa, using locally sourced, renewable resources, in Fair Trade, NEST approved environments. Each piece is finished by hand in Italy with carefully chosen, sustainable materials.

Their hope is to create economy in the developing world and to promote female empowerment by providing consistent, income-generating opportunities for women across Rwanda.

They are committed to limiting their impact on the environment by making considered choices in the materials they use and the practices they employ.