- Main Contact
- Sasibai Kimis
- Tel: +60-122345623
Luxurious and stylish brand that celebrates craftsmanship.
Earth Heir is an ethical lifestyle brand founded in 2013 to address the following concerns and needs:
— The exploitation of artisans and craftspeople by middlemen and agents
— To help create sustainable livelihoods for craftspeople and survivors of trafficking
— To help in the preservation of heritage craftsmanship skills and traditions via luxury craftsmanship and design
— To support underprivileged groups at every stage of the supply chain
Each Earth Heir piece exemplifies workmanship with the distinctive impression of human hands with personal and cultural narratives. Currently, the brand is collaborating with master craftspeople in Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, India & Uzbekistan.
Earth Heir won the British Council and Arthur Guinness Projects Social Enterprise Award 2015 and Sasibai, the founder was one of the Wharton’s “40 under 40” award winners in 2015 and is also an Eisenhower Fellow in the 2015 Women’s Leadership Program focusing on the issues of socio-entrepreneurship and preserving heritage craftsmanship skills.
Ethical Focus & Policy
Earth Heir works directly with village artisans or via NGOs / cooperatives / organisations which work with craftspeople. The company visits the villages / workshops where the artisans work and interviews the artisans. EH encourages everyone they work with to help provide work for the elderly and support the training of the younger artisans.
In their supply chain, they seek to use natural fibres, eco-friendly / natural dyes, every product must support a craftsperson via hand craftsmanship and they rely on reusable/recyclable packaging.
EH works with UNHCR refugees to stitch the silk bags used for packaging & the brand’s labels on every product, giving these refugees a source of income.
EH contributes 10% directly off of the selling price (not from profits) to 2 charities working with women at risk and trafficking survivors in Malaysia, Cambodia and towards the planting of 2 trees for every scarf sold.
For 2013, they had planted 415 trees in via WeForest.org and contributed US$1650 to Chab Dai (Cambodia) & Redeeming Roses (Malaysia), who work to assist those rescued from trafficking, abusive situations or homelessness. For 2014, they planted 938 trees, donated US$ 1376.53 to Chab Dai and RM 5346.54 to Redeeming Roses.
Stylish men & women, well-travelled and curious about the world around them.
For more information:
- Founders_story.pdf (PDF, 931.2 KB)
- Founders_story_(2).pdf (PDF, 940.0 KB)
- The_Heat_Sept_27-_Oct_3_2014_pg30.pdf (PDF, 167.5 KB)
- Penang_Monthly_Feb_2014.pdf (PDF, 195.1 KB)
- Wharton_Magazine_40_Under_40_Final.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Marie_Claire_Woman_of_Style_and_Substance-_FULL.pdf (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Wholesale: $20 – $1000 (USD)
Retail: $40 – $2000 (USD)
Products and services
-Bags & clutches
-Shawls & scarves
-Clothing (dresses, sarees, tops,)
-Home interiors (cushions and blankets)
Minimum order criteria
Depends on the product & the capacity of the artisan. Most have no minimums, some have minimums of at least 20 pieces.
Maximum order criteria
Varies and depends on timelines. For eg. for large pieces, the maximum may be 100 per every 3 months. For smaller pieces, quantities can reach up to 1000 or more.
Typical Product lead times
From 2 weeks to 3 months, it depends on the product & the capacity of the artisan.
Closest shipping ports
Shipping worldwide by air or freight from Malaysia. However, certain products or orders may be shipped directly from Cambodia, Thailand or India.