AURA QUE creates a range of stylish contemporary accessories manufactured by the Nepal Fair Trade Group to increase ethical production in the developing country of Nepal.
Designer Laura Queening incorporates local materials wherever possible, such as Allo Hemp produced from a Himalayan plant, handmade brass fittings, natural textured Lokta paper and the traditional woven cloth. AURA QUE products use high quality 100% cowhide leather that is a by-product of the food industry.
Each AURA QUE product is individually hand crafted in Nepal in a factory that employs local people, some affected by disabilities, providing an income for themselves and their families according to fair trade principles. The unique story behind each AURA QUE product enhances its charm.
Laura Queening graduated from Cordwainers at London College of Fashion in 2007, with First Class Honours in BA (Hons) Fashion Product: Accessories. With a passion for ethical fashion, she was involved in the CSF Shared Talent Fair Trade Project in South Africa before establishing fair trade accessories brand AURA QUE for A/W 2008, producing leather and knit products in Kathmandu, Nepal. She spends about 5 months of the year in Kathmandu, working directly with the producers, sourcing materials, and developing skills with the leather producers.
“I found the workshop with Jules Hau about sales, marketing and working with an agency really useful.”
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