In 2004, brothers Raan and Shea Parton founded Apolis with a simple idea that business can create social change. Their travels abroad immersed them in personal stories of struggle and survival and inspired them to create a business model that bridges commerce and economic development. Along with their commitment to global advocacy, they also understand the importance of sourcing and manufacturing locally. Whether it means partnering with manufacturers in Uganda, Peru, Bangladesh, or around the corner in Los Angeles, the Partons have used their model of “advocacy through industry” to empower people to determine their own future.
In 2009 Apolis began the Bangladesh Project with an order of 50 market bags. Seven years and over 100,000 market bags later, and the project now supports employment for 21 women for 1,185 days.
With a total of 200 Partners across the tweleve countries participating in the Local + Global project, Iron & Resin is proud to partner with Apolis and offer two bags representing the two cities we call home.
This is the perfect reusable bag for trips to your local farmer's market or quick strike overnighters up the coast. The bag features a waterproof lining, natural vegetable-tanned leather straps, antique nickel rivets, and measures 13" in width, 18" in height, and 8" in depth, with a 6" x 7" inside pocket. Handcrafted in Bangladesh and finished in California. Photos by Jesse Cornelius