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Tembo NYC

Tembo NYC
Tembo NYC
917-445-1592
Designed to make conservation fashionable. Hand made to provide financial empowerment to immigrant women. Named for a species known to have an enormous positive impact on their environment, Tembo, (which means elephant in Swahili), stands for greater good.

Made from luxury African print fabrics, Tembo tote bags are a fashion forward, fair-trade made, sustainable shopping solution that’s good for mother earth. From the immigrant women who sew our products, to the historic meaning of our classic prints, our bags embody the stories of women empowerment and African folklore. Our fabrics are inspired by Africa, made with a technique derived from Indonesia and designed in the Netherlands, reflecting a global melting pot of beauty and craftsmanship. In partnership with the Artisan Sewing Co-op, our products are fair-trade made in Queens, NYC by immigrant, refugee and asylee women.

After years of poking through markets and seeking out quality crafts throughout Africa and South East Asia, Deborah, our founder, wanted to bring the beautiful culture she found abroad and introduce it to an American market in a meaningful way.
With a love for conservation and an aim to cut down on plastic bag waste, a worldwide search for superior stylish fabrics to make cloth tote bags began. If the bags were functional and fashion forward, it would be a cakewalk to kick a nasty plastic bag habit.
Tembo (which means elephant in Swahili), was born in the fall of 2018. Our bags feature luxury African wax print textiles. Our modern fabrics reflect today’s Afro-pop culture and our classic fabrics, come with the folklore of African women.
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