With his bright smile and artistic flair, artist Kent Stetson is known for adding levity to fashion with his line of handbags, wristlets, and clutches. From his Pawtucket studio/shop at Hope Artiste Village, he designs carryalls that fans collect like charms, including clutches emblazoned with everything from red-and-white pizza boxes to crossword puzzles – and now a blue and yellow design reflecting a more serious cause with his Peace for Ukraine bag.
“When the humanitarian crisis began to unfold in Ukraine, I chose to create a piece combining the flag with the sunflower, which is their national flower,” says Stetson. Half of the proceeds from all sales will be donated to Amnesty International, whose work to provide critical information verification and bring justice for the criminal actions taken in Ukraine will extend far beyond the duration of the conflict itself.
“Often described as statement pieces, my work offers a prompt for conversations and consequently presents an opportunity for me to dovetail design with charitable causes,” shares Stetson. Each bag is cruelty-free, made from luxury quality coated canvas, includes a removable crossbody chain, and is individually signed by Stetson. “Our hope is that this piece will one day celebrate the return home for the millions who have been displaced by the invasion.”
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