"I'm sure that you are assigning motive to Martique...not wise.
You are a Vietnamese-American. Does that mean you have Vietnamese heritage? Were you born in the U.S. Have you spent 30+ years in Asia? Were you only educated in U.S. schools? If so, have you spent the many required years of reading outside of the classroom, to educate yourself, on actual historical writings of world leaders, news organizations, books by dissenters and advocates of major world powers, governments, religions...researching the causes and effects of each ideology on humanity and individual well-being.
I can see that the designs of the bags are not totally unique...it seems they are basically the same that have been available and labeled handmade in the asian markets for many, many years.
Even if the Martique's are not paying full 'american retail' price to the women, I am sure that they are helping the women's living conditions in many ways. Should they just quit buying from them and have all handbag/accessory/whatever product, banned from import?
That can't help. The only thing that will help individuals who are unable to escape a country with a corrupt government and false religion (ie ones that don't enable and promote freedom for every citizen, no matter race, creed, sex)...ones that only create poverty and squash individual freedoms, is to lighten the captives load by any means, while they are imprisoned under oppressive ideological regimes. Unless the people can somehow overthrow the government and create a new one having a Constitution that guarantees individual freedom from Government oppression, freedom of religion, and allows for creative free markets. The only religion that historically allows for such freedom for all members of a society, are Judaism or Christianity. The only governments that do so have their foundation in the afore mentioned. Check it out.
Where did the the lawyer Deborah Chong get her 'unique' designs? They look like designs that have been sold in the asian markets for many, many years. Please don't cast stones, or create doubt about someone's character until you are sure you have all the facts."