Makers Unite creates the Robot Bag with Bas Kosters during Dutch Design Week 2018

Makers Unite works together with the public during the Dutch Design Week 2018 to create the Robot Bag, which is part of Bas Kosters’ “Dear Sir / Madam: HOPE” SS19 collection. The bags are made from used lifejackets and produced by creative newcomers with a refugee background. 100% of the revenue goes to the social integration programs of the Makers Unite Foundation.

The Robot Bag is part of Kosters “Dear Sir / Madam: HOPE” SS19 collection. “HOPE stands for cherishing dreams, and that they can come out, see light at the end of a tunnel. HOPE stands for a fresh start, the rebirth, the sunny side up,” says Kosters. This theme fits in perfectly with the objectives of Makers Unite, which helps people with a refugee background to increase their chances on the Dutch labor market.

“Dear Sir / Madam: HOPE” fashion show by Bas Kosters in Amsterdam


The Robot Bag

The Robot Bag is a cheerful and unique bag that can be worn as a hand and shoulder bag. Due to the natural discolouration of the lifejackets and the handwork, no bag is the same. The unisex bags are big enough for a laptop, but have also been spotted as a diaper bag. The bag is literally a real statement bag: produced by makers with a refugee background and made from lifejackets used by refugees who crossed the Mediterranean to Europe.

Newcomers at Dutch Design Week

During this year’s edition of Dutch Design Week, Makers Unite brought its workshop to Eindhoven and the public, estimated in 335.000 people, had the opportunity to get in contact a meet the makers!

In this ‘hands-on’ exhibition our aim is to create awareness with the local population about the talent and potential of newcomers in our society. The participants of Makers Unite also have the chance of getting to know locals from a different region of The Netherlands and get to experience being at the podium of northern Europe’s largest design event.

This event was made possible by the generous support of Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland, Wijdoenmee and Crafts Council Nederland.


At the opening of Dutch Design Week 2018 in Eindhoven, the public had the opportunity to talk to and work with the makers in creating the Robot Bag