A tale with
roles for us all.
It’s easy to look out at the world right now and feel a great sense of unease. The challenges we continue to face don’t seem to tally with the time in which we live.

We believe wholeheartedly, that more of us than not, would choose to live in a world, free from inequality, discrimination and hate. But these are divisive times and to many, the temptation to cluster into recognisable tribes can seem all too appealing.

Here in the UK, years spent bickering over Brexit has done nothing to assist the forgotten and neglected communities up and down the land. Or address the disgraceful imbalances in pay and power. Or actually, do anything remotely constructive. The sad reality is, it never could, or ever will.

Oasthaus exists to highlight and help to fix the broken stuff (polite version) in society. One tote bag at a time.

We see our bags as flags to be waved in the face of despair. Little fabric banners, which state loudly and proudly that ‘We are the change’. Every one of us. Standing up and playing our part. Why not join in?

Behind the designs.
Oasthaus is the brainchild of designer, Rob Bartlett. His icons are regularly commissioned by global brands such as Spotify, Net-a-Porter and Nokia. However, these tote bag designs represent his most personal and important work to date.

"Design has a hugely important role to play in solving the many challenges we face. Especially when it comes to providing accessible routes to knowledge and inspiring individuals to engage.

2018 marked both my departure from London to the Kent countryside and my 40th year on planet Earth. Each milestone significant enough to prompt me to take an honest and introspective look at my individual actions and beliefs. The big question I found myself asking was, ‘What am I doing to make things better? What’s my contribution?’.

Not a lot, was the honest answer. I was sitting idly by, grumbling from the sidelines and yet doing nothing to contribute to things I feel passionately about.

In recent years, I have become increasingly fascinated by the human condition; in people as individuals, as communities and as a society-at-large. It’s tough being a human being and the reality is that behind the many masks that we wear, life can be an internal, murky, mess at times. Little wonder then that we can sometimes forget that the quality of all of our lives are intertwined. And that happy, healthy environments are the responsibility of us all."