After a voluntary English teaching job in rural Nepal and then completing her fashion degree in London, UK designer Laura Queening wanted to combine her love of Asia, seeing new cultures and people and her creative skills by starting her own brand AURA QUE. With the enthusiasm of a new graduate and naturally gravitating towards Nepal after her previous travel experiences, she sourced and worked with various charity handicraft units and WFTO producer groups in Kathmandu, to bring local materials and designs to western markets.
Each product is brought to life through groups that employ local people that may be affected by discrimination or disabilities, providing an income for themselves and their families according to fair trade principles.
Designer Laura Queening has also worked with Oxfam on her own range of up cycled handbags made from recycled leather jackets and fabric off cuts, such as Harris Tweed and Liberty curtains, which were styled and made in London. She has also been invited to work on private labelling projects for other brands, combining her ethical beliefs with her creative and business skills.