Who are we?We are a close knit family, mother and two daughters, who all share a passion for travelling and exploring new cultures… we are Shevanne, Michelle and Danielle Helmer. We spent the majority of our lives in France and this is where our hearts lie, but have since moved and now live across three countries. Despite living in different cities, we remain a united front with a singular vision for the Helmer brand.
When/How was the company set up?The Helmer brand was founded as a result of a truly memorable trip to Bali. From its natural flora and fauna to its rich cultural traditions, the island captured our souls and the idea to create a handbag and accessory collection was born. Since then we have travelled the world finding inspiration for new designs and collections to continually stay ahead of the game. Our collections are presently crafted in Bali using local, family run artisans who have been creating handbags for generations. It is these skilled artisans who are the foundation of the business and in turn who we have committed to promote and help their businesses grow successfully. Our collection focuses on simple yet exquisite pieces offering a variety of colours using exotic skins and traditional Batik material.
What’s the inspiration behind the company?Our passion for travel and the constant search for cultural originality is the cornerstone for creating our handbag and accessory collections. We understand the need to offer a perfect balance between style, functionality, practicality and with a fashionable insight into the different cultural backgrounds. With travel in mind, our handbags and accessories can accompany you on your own travels whether that be across seas, over mountains or simply around the corner. In keeping with our respect for the culture and traditions of Bali, and also the world in which we live, we endeavour to follow the guidelines and the international treaties established to protect the wildlife and its environment. Our snakeskin products are CITES certified (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) which does not threaten their survival or existence.
About CITES skinsWe at Helmer are aware of the controversy surrounding exotic skin and other animal skins or meat. On one side there are people that insist that the use of any animals for their skin or food is wrong. On the other side we are those that believe that through farms that are well managed and respecting International conventions and codes actually helps conservation efforts and has a positive effect on wild life populations and contributes to a local sustainable economy.We use only CITES certified skins, which regulates the production of the skins at every stage ensuring proper farming techniques and the conservation of the snakes in the their natural habitats. All of our skins come from regulated and well managed farms. After much debate, we, at Helmer, are convinced that the CITES certified skins that we use has a positive effect on conservation efforts and the over all well being of the countries that they are originated from.The illegal trade of animal parts and skins including python is common place and a threat to the species. Unfortunately we are nowhere close to stamping out these practices as this is often the only source of income for some local, rural and poor communities without them resorting to more drastic measures. By fighting illegal trade and establish legal and certified farming using modern techniques one may contribute to a local sustainable economy and ensure the conservation of the wildlife.
The SAFE CHILDHOODS Foundation
We support The Safe Childhood Foundation by helping to raise funds for their work in combating crimes against children in developing countries.
We made the decision and commitment to ‘give back’ to the community in which we live and work, and have incorporated this goal into our business philosophy. As we use the island of Bali with its local artisans, we wanted to be associated with a local charity based there. After researching we came across The Safe Childhoods Foundation, a charity to protect and support ‘at-risk’ children in developing countries, primarily Indonesia. We were so moved by the work, goals and aspirations of the charity that we agreed to contribute to their cause. Our commitment is to donate £1 for every item sold on our website .
To find out more about ‘The Safe Childhoods Foundation, please visit their website at www.safechildhoods.org.