The handbags They are a necessary good in our lives and one that the fashion industry has wisely raised to the level of luxury accessories. In times when fashion is oriented towards the path of sustainability, looking for practices that are ethical and responsible with the environment and those who inhabit it, it is no longer the same to buy any product for the simple fact that it is fashionable. It is necessary to sharpen the look, to know and understand what it is that we are buying.
The timelessness, accompanied by practical design that cares for quality, is the most sought-after value in handbags, what makes them sustainable. Fair and respectful practices with the planet, and with those who do them, are part of the process of change that these accessories are going through, guided by textile traceability and the circularity of fashion as main axes of production. That is why the artisanal and original techniques recovered the lost value and became relevant, as well as the search for innovative materials that replace those we already know, it became a necessity to reduce to the minimum possible the impact that the handbags (and the fashion industry in general) have on the planet.
Within Latin America there are many brands that are making a difference through their practices, where the search to do sustainable bags in an ethical and responsible way, it is a natural and organic process. That is why we put together a selection of brands that design products that seek to perpetuate themselves over time, as did the Birkin bag from Hermés or the 2.55 from Chanel.
Of Colombian origin, Gave is a textile studio that develops different pieces of fashion, art or home decor. Your line of handbags It is an ode to the textile traditions of Colombia, since all the pieces are made by local artisans respecting the times of realization and the family legacy. The most iconic – and timeless – piece of this firm is the reinterpretation of the traditional Colombian backpack, which is made of fiber and metal cube. Each piece in the collection is handcrafted, and usually takes approximately 4 days to complete.
In textile innovation is the key to Cihuah, the Mexican firm created by Vanessa Guckel who developed a line of bags made with nopal skin. Supported by the pillars of sustainability, Mexican identity, tradition and innovation, the Mexican firm designed a series of four bags with minimal aesthetics made from a vegetable skin alternative, developed by the Desserto brand. Thus they propose a sustainable alternative, chemical-free, PVC-free, low-water consumption, and above all, cruelty-free.
Merging traditions with a contemporary look Souf, the brand originally from El Salvador, develops bags from reclaimed wood slats, which were once the pillars that supported the city of San Salvador. Sofía Avila, its designer, ventured to create handbags unique, sophisticated and elegant using discarded material, giving a second (and better life), as well as a twist to history, to those foundational woods of his hometown. Each piece of Souf It is made by hand, by local artisans.
Focused on generating a positive impact on the environment and society, and guided by their love for weaving, Carolina Herrera and Barbara Bremer founded the firm of sustainable woven bags Binge Knitting. They develop each piece together with artisan women from Mexico, who make each product in fair working conditions, using in some cases techniques of upcycling of textile waste materials.
Working alongside artisans specialized in charrería and wood, the sisters Andrea, Paula and Magdalena de la Torre Suarez, they founded Aurelia. This Mexican firm of sustainable bags is known for its wooden pieces that have interchangeable charro embroidery strips that were created by local artisans. In order to honor their traditions and Mexican folklore, Aurelia develops pieces of a unique value, timeless and of quality, handmade by local artisans. In terms of volume, the productions they handle are small, making pieces mainly on demand under the made-to-order policy, thus avoiding wasting material and human resources, and reducing waste.