The School of Satchel (S.O.S), a Filipino leather goods brand, launched ‘S.O.S PLEDGES’ in partnership with KaEskwela Inc. which promises to give a school bag to a KaEskwela beneficiary for every purchase from S.O.S’ new premium collection available this month.
S.O.S is known for its hand-crafted vintage style leather satchels from genuine cow hide. The brand’s products are made by Philippine craftsmen, are hand-cut and assembled manually. S.O.S endeavors to support Philippine leather industries by using Pinoy leather and local manufacturing.
While living in the United Kingdom, Bianca Donato, the sole proprietor of S.O.S, saw firsthand how fortunate their public school students are since tuition fees, school supplies, meals and transportation are subsidized by the government. Bianca’s describes her motivation behind the program, “In the UK, students could focus more on their schoolwork and not worry about making ends meet. Here education remains a privilege to a certain few which shouldn’t be the case. We still have a long way to go and we can do our part by supporting organizations such as KaEskwela that aims to provide equal educational opportunities to all.”