is a line of bags and accessories by Los Angeles-based
costume designer and wardrobe stylist, Tina Tangalakis,
which are hand-made from fabrics purchased locally in Ghana.
They are exclusively constructed by seamstresses in the
village of Hohoe, Ghana. These women have the added
incentive of being taught about micro-financing, developing
savings, and the art of entrepreneurship. Della
is not a charity, but an organization dedicated to
empowering women through business and stimulating Ghana's
"This is a
glamorous accessory for summer. You can dress up anything
with a small, well-organized bag," says Tangalakis of the Della clutch bag.
Della Summer 2011 collection features clutches in
three limited edition fabrics, which were not only purchased
in Ghana, but that were manufactured in the country as well.
These striking geometric patterns are sophisticated, yet
fun. As with most summer accessories, the Della
clutch is bold and playful, while still being practical.
Each clutch features a divided interior, a built in sleeve
for a check book, a sleeve for business or credit cards, and
a zippered change pocket.
Every Della product
proudly carries a tag that is signed by the seamstress that
made it. The purchase of each bag allows for the addition of
seamstresses to the entrepreneurial program in Ghana, and
allows the buyer to "carry change"; a phrase with a profound
double meaning that aptly describes the heart of the line.