About Ms. Bay

Luxurious fashion accessories, beautiful and clean in both style and vision.

Who is Ms. Bay?

Ms. Bay represents the beauty, the good and stubborn in all of us. Ms. Bay is you and me.

Ms. Bay is not your average luxury handbag brand. We do not only care for the perfect design, top-quality materials and flawless execution. We care for our common future. Our ideology is one of timeless design, social responsibility and environmental awareness.

Together we shape the world of tomorrow.
Our world is changing constantly. These waves of change flood our daily lives. What was good yesterday might have to be rethought today. Ms. Bay wants to embrace these waves and create positive products for positive people.

“Ms. Bay combines modern aesthetics with a vision for the future.
Our handbags and accessories are fairly made in India out of sustainable fishleather.”

Slow fashion: Buy now, love forever

Ms. Bay was founded by Saskia Aelen and Lawrence Dedroog. We learnt more about the contemporary fashion industry when working for a large mass-production company. We grew more wary about the issues of sustainability facing our generation.
Fast fashion, mass production, social injustice, environmental issues. The speed at which the fashion industry is turning has stripped its products of its value. Cheap clothes and accessories are at the cost of the environment and the manufacturing workers.
Slow fashion is a movement that represents the eco, the ethical, the sustainable fashion which commits to slowing down the rate of fashion consumption. It’s a matter of quality over quantity.

In response to this, we created a slow luxury accessories brand.

“At Ms. Bay, we believe sustainable and fairtrade products can look luxurious and sophisticated. Our collection of handbags and small leathergoods are simple yet elegant, fashionable but timeless.”

Rescued materials and fair trade production

Salmon leather is the main material of our collection. Salmon skins are a waste product from the fishing industry. Today, only 1% of all fish skins are recycled. Fish leather is a rescued material that has qualities similar to those of regular leather but can be processed in a more environmental-friendly way. Its strength makes for durable products. Together with a timeless design, fish leather is our ultimate future-proof material.

Following design is manufacturing. Most leather products are made in cheap labour countries like Bangladesh, China and India. Poor working conditions, serious health risks and low pay are only a few of the problems the industry are facing.

We believe in the economic importance of labour-opportunities in these third world countries. Trade can offer local communities the possibility to improve their living conditions. But only if this is based on ethical and social values that are in accordance with basic human rights and needs.

Ms. Bay produces in Kolkata, India. We only collaborate with factories that are in line with our vision and values. All of the factories we work with, are SA8000 standard certified. This means that they qualify for fair trade standards regarding child labour, health and safety, discrimination, remuneration, …

Our skilful craftsmen aren’t anonymous hands sewing away at our designs. They are our colleagues, our partners, our allies.
Together we bring to you the world of Ms. Bay; beautifully slow and real.

{Proudly designed in Antwerp, Belgium. With love, Saskia and Lawrence}