After 10 years as a successful independent designer based in London, Asia native Cassandra Postema put her professional experience and Central St. Martins School of Art degree to work towards supporting Asian artisans through handcrafted designs. She launched Emi&Eve in early 2013, an online boutique that recycles ammunition into beautiful bags, jewelry and other creative accessories. A browse through the website unveils all kinds of imaginative recycled products, such as bags built with bomb casings and clutches made with landmine covers—most of which are sourced from Cambodia’s dark Khmer Rouge period. The designs are Postema’s, but she works with philanthropic organizations from all over Asia to help bring the products to life. Craftworks Cambodia, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local artisans, helps Emi&Eve smelt the scrap ammunition into shiny gold brass while individuals from the Saori Welfare Center in coastal Thailand, founded after the 2004 tsunami to create jobs for survivors, weave the colorful tapestries. These parts are then sent to China, where a group of disabled women from all over the country sew them together. Postema bankrolled the first line of Emi&Eve products herself, which launched earlier this year, but soon discovered that growing the company would need the help of other like-minded souls. With the holidays approaching, Postema recently launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, where buyers can pledge a dollar amount and receive one of 10 items made by Emi&Eve in return. The campaign has been opened since August 7 and has raised more than US$3,300 so far, with a goal of hitting US$10,000 by September 12. Items range from a simple postcard (US$5) that features an original Emi&Eve illustration to an engraved Maxima Minaudiere (US$350), a small clutch made entirely from bombshell casings with a beautiful green stone setting. Other ways of supporting Emi&Eve include one-time donations intended for specific purposes: website development (US$300), product packaging (US$500) or three-month’s overhead (US$1,200). Want to lend a hand in person? You can attend the Bullets for Beauty fundraising event on Wednesday, September 4 at Soiree (19 Elgin St., Soho, 2857-2808). The party starts at 7pm and includes two-for-one cocktails as well as a chance to win one of Emi&Eve’s adorable Peace Bracelets.