Collective Closets x Radical Yes: North Star
"Togetherness, foreverness means nothing less than happiness“
We’re all about the value of the sisterhood. As women-led businesses with women-led principles, we understand that empowerment is only possible if we choose to lift each other up. This collaboration embodies exactly that – a collective consciousness and authentic sisterhood, built on our values and our terms.
Naarm-based brands Radical Yes, founded by Kerryn Moscicki and Collective Closets; founded by sister duo Fatuma and Laurinda Ndenzako, have come together to bring you a collaboration of our two worlds. As women, we’re mobile, active and conscious. We’re small business owners, mothers and active members of our communities, working to bring awareness to topics like sustainability, diversity and female empowerment.
Together, we’ve made your new everyday essential – designed in space, made on earth. A trusty over-the-shoulder-and-go bag in the signature Radical Yes design, with a little Collective Closets flair. This fabric comes from Ruiru, a community just north of Kenya’s capital that has been carefully weaving the shuka cloth since 1979. Adorning the shoulders of the Masai tribe for generations, the vibrant colours signify bravery, strength and unity.
Kerryn created the Radical Yes brand for people who live their lives consciously – for the bag is a reimagining of the well-loved ‘Carry’ style – dreamed up in an ongoing exploration of unique, limited edition handbags. As always, we’ve created this bag with intention. It’s made for a full life, crafted for you by a sisterhood formed on social values, ethical principles and mutual empowerment. We hope you love it as much as we do.
The North Star clutch is a highly versatile, travel friendly pouchette. Features a deep internal zipper pocket (perfect for your phone) as well as divider pocket lining so you can keep all your things orderly. No more rummaging in deep pockets! Complete with durable Nylon cross body strap that can be shortened or lengthened depending on your mood and exploration, this bag is also finished with premium quality, nickle-free silver hardware.
Our favourite detail though is the heavy padding outer shell which makes the bag both light and comforting on the body.
Super neat clutch size designed for throwing casually under the arm.
Length - 28cm
Gusset - 10 cm base / width
Strap Width - 6cm
Strap at longest length - 120cm
Everyday everyday everyday! We designed these bags with the intention of them being used on high rotation. We selected machine washable materials to indulge that intention. We love to power dress this bag for studio days with a blazer and denims. Also weekend perfect for breakfast and the market shop - strap it on and and leave it on all day.
Made responsibly in China in a quantity of 40.
How to take care of your bag:
Our shuka is an acrylic blend, meaning it has the softness of wool but some added durability and anti-shrinkage properties from the acrylic. Below are some tips to ensure you maximise longevity from your Collective Closets piece.
- Wash in lukewarm water
- Do not bleach or soak
- Do not tumble dry
- Warm iron + Dry cleanable
If using a washing machine, wash in cold water on a wool or gentle cycle, using mild detergent or even wool-specific soap (we love the one from Soapclub). Hand washing is a failsafe option- here are some general instructions to help with the process. Because it's a wool blend it is okay to hang out to dry, but if you are concerned it is best to leave the garment to dry flat out of direct sunlight.
Running a lint comb/brush over the area should clear off any pilling. Pilling is when tiny balls of fluff form in areas of fabric that experience more abrasion. Seasonal storage is also a great idea if you have a piece you know you won't be needing for a while.
Fully machine washable, this bag will love a cool wash once a year and comes up brand new after cleaning. Supplied in a cotton canvas dust bag for storage and also may be used for protection in the washing machine.