Nu Market Crossbody Bags
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$195.00

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Limited Edition

A chic staple for all occasions, our crossbody bags go with you from morning 'til night and hold all your essentials. Remove the strap to convert into a stylish clutch. Multiple interior pockets and hidden zippered pocket on back side. 

As with all Nu Market handbags, 20% of the profits from this crossbody purse are reinvested into the artisan women's communities that we work with because the most stylish thing you can do is empower other women.

Read more here.

Crossbody bag for women with adjustable strap, one hidden zippered pocket, one interior zippered pocket, two interior open pockets, and a magnetic closure.

Dust bag included. Bags come wrapped in handmade mulberry paper, made in the same villages as the beautiful cotton linings.

100% Italian leather
100% cotton lining

1) Guizhou Blue Weave 

This light blue handwoven fabric and traditional design is made by our partner women artisans in the hills of southwest China. This cotton lining is made using centuries-old techniques on traditional wooden looms and using cotton picked from the surrounding hillsides. 

2) Ji Jia Indigo Batik

Hand woven and hand dyed by Nu Market's partner women artisans in the hills of southwest China, this cotton lining is made with locally grown indigo and cotton, and designed using a melted wax technique that creates the blue and white contrast. Each piece of fabric is truly one of a kind.

Read more here

We want you to love your Nu Market handbag, backpack purse, crossbody bag or leather tote forever, and wanted to share some tips on how to keep it at its best.

Your bag is special and full of character. Each one is made of all-natural leather that is its authentic self without paints, pigments, or other "enhancing" treatments. 

Your bag will shine with natural beauty. Should scratch marks appear, simply use your fingertips to rub them out. Spots and small stains will also become less obvious the more you wear your bag. 

Over time, the color of your handbag may change to a warmer hue. Celebrate this new shade, it is the natural course of unaltered leather, and everything is better au naturale.

Simply put, wear your bag as often as your heart desires. Embrace its imperfections, or beauty marks as we like to call them, and enjoy it for exactly what it is. 

Your handbag will do the rest. 

What does Nu Market do?
Nu Market elevates women artisans around the world by expanding their market access. We do this by creating beautiful handbags that incorporate handmade textiles, and selling textiles to the trade.
We reinvest 20% of all of our profits back into our artisan partners to provide training and new opportunities otherwise not afforded to them.
What does 'Nu' mean?
'Nü' means “woman” in Mandarin. We are committed to empowering women artisans, and wanted our name to reflect that.
Why did you start Nu Market?
While traveling through remote regions of southwest China, our co-founder, Caroline, discovered beautiful handicraft traditions, preserved by geographic remoteness and refined by generations of women artisans. But in a region faced with illiteracy and limited job opportunities beyond agriculture, she learned that women artisans today often lack a marketplace for their handicrafts beyond their own villages.
We began Nu Market because we saw true potential in connecting women from two worlds: Entrepreneurial, talented, inspiring women artisans in rural China with stylish, sophisticated, socially-conscious individuals in the United States.
How many artisans do you work with?
We currently work with over 750 artisans.
Prior to Nu Market, what would happen with the handmade handicrafts?
The handicrafts would be sold to intrepid travelers who visited the artisans in their villages or attended the closest town during market days. Sales were generally limited geographically, and buyers weren't long-term partners. Additionally, handicrafts are used by friends and family in local celebrations and everyday life.
Where does the 20% of reinvested profits go?
We work with local non-profits to fund literacy education programs and business training workshops in the communities where we work. Our goal is to create additional opportunities for artisans through skills-based training.
How are the textiles made?
The unique Indigo lining in our handbags is made using the batik process (learn more here) and handweaving on wooden looms.
How do you source your leather?
Nu Market imports our leather from one of the finest leather tanneries in Italy. It has been produced under strict environmental standards from an ISO 9001 certified tannery, which has been verified by Der Blaue Engel for their strict compliance to environmental and human safety manufacturing procedures. The final milled grain leather gives every bag a soft, luxurious hand feel, using environmentally-friendly processes, free from sludge and hazardous chemicals.

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Limited Edition

A chic staple for all occasions, our crossbody bags go with you from morning 'til night and hold all your essentials. Remove the strap to convert into a stylish clutch. Multiple interior pockets and hidden zippered pocket on back side. 

As with all Nu Market handbags, 20% of the profits from this crossbody purse are reinvested into the artisan women's communities that we work with because the most stylish thing you can do is empower other women.

Read more here.

Product Details

Crossbody bag for women with adjustable strap, one hidden zippered pocket, one interior zippered pocket, two interior open pockets, and a magnetic closure.

Dust bag included. Bags come wrapped in handmade mulberry paper, made in the same villages as the beautiful cotton linings.

100% Italian leather
100% cotton lining

Interior Fabric

1) Guizhou Blue Weave 

This light blue handwoven fabric and traditional design is made by our partner women artisans in the hills of southwest China. This cotton lining is made using centuries-old techniques on traditional wooden looms and using cotton picked from the surrounding hillsides. 

2) Ji Jia Indigo Batik

Hand woven and hand dyed by Nu Market's partner women artisans in the hills of southwest China, this cotton lining is made with locally grown indigo and cotton, and designed using a melted wax technique that creates the blue and white contrast. Each piece of fabric is truly one of a kind.

Read more here

Product Care

We want you to love your Nu Market handbag, backpack purse, crossbody bag or leather tote forever, and wanted to share some tips on how to keep it at its best.

Your bag is special and full of character. Each one is made of all-natural leather that is its authentic self without paints, pigments, or other "enhancing" treatments. 

Your bag will shine with natural beauty. Should scratch marks appear, simply use your fingertips to rub them out. Spots and small stains will also become less obvious the more you wear your bag. 

Over time, the color of your handbag may change to a warmer hue. Celebrate this new shade, it is the natural course of unaltered leather, and everything is better au naturale.

Simply put, wear your bag as often as your heart desires. Embrace its imperfections, or beauty marks as we like to call them, and enjoy it for exactly what it is. 

Your handbag will do the rest. 

FAQ

What does Nu Market do?
Nu Market elevates women artisans around the world by expanding their market access. We do this by creating beautiful handbags that incorporate handmade textiles, and selling textiles to the trade.
We reinvest 20% of all of our profits back into our artisan partners to provide training and new opportunities otherwise not afforded to them.
What does 'Nu' mean?
'Nü' means “woman” in Mandarin. We are committed to empowering women artisans, and wanted our name to reflect that.
Why did you start Nu Market?
While traveling through remote regions of southwest China, our co-founder, Caroline, discovered beautiful handicraft traditions, preserved by geographic remoteness and refined by generations of women artisans. But in a region faced with illiteracy and limited job opportunities beyond agriculture, she learned that women artisans today often lack a marketplace for their handicrafts beyond their own villages.
We began Nu Market because we saw true potential in connecting women from two worlds: Entrepreneurial, talented, inspiring women artisans in rural China with stylish, sophisticated, socially-conscious individuals in the United States.
How many artisans do you work with?
We currently work with over 750 artisans.
Prior to Nu Market, what would happen with the handmade handicrafts?
The handicrafts would be sold to intrepid travelers who visited the artisans in their villages or attended the closest town during market days. Sales were generally limited geographically, and buyers weren't long-term partners. Additionally, handicrafts are used by friends and family in local celebrations and everyday life.
Where does the 20% of reinvested profits go?
We work with local non-profits to fund literacy education programs and business training workshops in the communities where we work. Our goal is to create additional opportunities for artisans through skills-based training.
How are the textiles made?
The unique Indigo lining in our handbags is made using the batik process (learn more here) and handweaving on wooden looms.
How do you source your leather?
Nu Market imports our leather from one of the finest leather tanneries in Italy. It has been produced under strict environmental standards from an ISO 9001 certified tannery, which has been verified by Der Blaue Engel for their strict compliance to environmental and human safety manufacturing procedures. The final milled grain leather gives every bag a soft, luxurious hand feel, using environmentally-friendly processes, free from sludge and hazardous chemicals.

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