Passion and individuality are often the main motivating factors for entrepreneurs and independent craftsman, but sometimes makers are animated by a bigger vision, a broader purpose. Not just a way to make great things, but to give back to the community.

That’s true of military fashion brand Sword & Plough. Founded by sisters Emily and Betsy who grew up in a military family, the company’s mission is to “repurpose with a purpose”: turn military surplus materials into fashionable handbags and totes, while also supporting veterans. The business name comes from the old saying “turn swords into plough shares”, meaning to transform implements of war into tools of peace.

Veterans are included in every stage of the business – from design and management to quality control and modeling. Sword & Plough makes sure to source from American suppliers and work with veteran owned or staffed manufacturers to create each product line. On top of that, 10% of their profits are donated to veteran initiatives.

From upcycling used materials to supporting a vulnerable segment of our community, Sword & Plough is the very definition of a socially conscious brand. Check out their wonderful products at their online store, or their see what’s new on their Instagram feed.