Forest merch added 17 June 2010

While we were doing the live blog on Tuesday night, a few of you emailed to ask when the Forest Tour merch would be hitting the official Keane store. Well, we’re pleased to report that it’s in there now.

The Forest Tour T-shirts are available as Mens T, Ladies T and Ladies Tank Top, with the June tour dates on the back. They cost £20 each (or the equivalent in $ or €). Click the pics below to order:


We’ve also added our new Fair Trade, 100% hand made & printed reversible tote bag. This cotton canvas bag was produced exclusively for us by the company re-wrap & features the Forest artwork on the outside & an all over CP70 piano print on the inside. It also features an all over Forest print on its expandable gussets & a pocket on the inside of the bag. They cost £12 each (or the equivalent in $ or €). Click below to order:

re-wrap was founded in 2001 as a self-funded enterprise for social and environmental change, when the people of Kutch, India were struggling in the aftermath of the biggest earthquake to hit their region.  Inspired by the skills and dexterity witnessed in the aftermath of the earthquake, Janjri Trivedi, Founder of re-wrap, was compelled to find a creative way to help these craftspeople rebuild their lives – her idea was to fuse their traditional crafts with modern design to make re-usable textile packaging. Recycled materials are used wherever possible, and the bag handles are woven from waste cotton.

The re-wrap co-operative in Mysore, South India, aims to empower underprivileged rural women by giving them skills training and employment. The selection criteria are wholly needs-based; most of the women are sole earners for their families. re-wrap currently employs 57 women at their co-op. Working mothers are granted flexible working hours, and offered benefits such as a pension, medical insurance and life insurance. re-wrap is a member of World Fair Trade Organisation.

Here are some pictures of the Keane bags being made:

Please visit re-wrap’s website for more information on this terrific company:

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