Olivia Wilde is wild about many things, but chief among them is Haiti, which the actress is helping rebuild after 2010’s devastating earthquake. Wilde, who co-founded Campaign Happiness to support development projects in the region, recently collaborated with Alternative Apparel on a road-ready messenger bag that benefits the Academy for Peace and Justice, a secondary school in Port-au-Prince funded by award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis’s charity, Artists for Peace and Justice. Constructed from vintage army canvas, antique brass hardware, and pebbled leather trim (the last is an odd choice for a vegan-turned-vegetarian), the bag isn’t just a bag, it’s a promise of a better tomorrow.


“I’ve been trying to figure out how to combine conscious commerce with my life for fashion,” said Wild in the July 2012 issue of Vogue. “I wear [Alternative Apparel’s] sweatshirts every day and live in their maxidresses. And they’re good people!”

Plus, the bag converts from a cross-body messenger into a backpack. Now who wouldn’t be wild about that?

+ Message Bag $138 (also available on Shopbop)

+ Alternative Apparel