Why we don't take part in Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the busiest days in the retail calendar, with companies competing to create bargain deals to kick off the Christmas shopping season. While we love an occasional bargain as much as the next person, we also believe in a sustainable economy that's fair for everyone involved in it, all of the time. We are more interested in creating long-term and meaningful relationships with our customers and colleagues than following big-brand marketing trends.

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Our unique business model

We pride ourselves on our unique business model, which is based around a vertically integrated supply chain that brings our customers as close to the source of their purchases as possible. We work directly with artisans in Bali to create our handbags and accessories, re-imagining indigenous skills that have been passed down through generations. And, we pay our artisans fairly - on average, 2.4 times the national living wage, which enables high quality living standards and sustainable livelihoods within their communities.

Transparency is incredibly important to us. And so, each one of our handcrafted handbags comes with a unique code that connects you to the artisan who made it. When you combine the high level skills, steady patience and fair pay that goes into each STELAR item, it's not possible for us to discount for the sake of short term sales. STELAR handbags are made to last - we want you to enjoy them for years to come. That's one of the reasons customisation is such a key theme for us for AW21, so you can update a previous purchase, or personalise your first STELAR item with ease.

However, we also appreciate that not everyone can afford a STELAR handbag at our full (and fair-for-all) price. Occasionally, there are opportunities to buy STELAR on special offer. The best way to find out about these is to sign up to our newsletter for a welcome discount code, and to receive emails with news of any one-off promotions, and to keep an eye on our social media channels for competitions or giveaways, often in collaboration with other great, like-minded brands.

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November in Bali

For the Balinese, November isn't a time of frenzied shopping but a season of celebration, as Galungan and Kuningan is taking place here at the moment. It marks the victory of dharma over adharma, or good over evil. Therefore, we see November not as a period of flash sales and bumper bargains, but as a time to celebrate the good that grounds us as a brand. For us, that lies at the very heart of our business and team - our incredible artisans, their age-old skills, and their enduring communities.

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