WRONG LEATHER SALE: made these beautiful custom pillows for an interior design client, and unfortunately made them in the wrong leather. Normally they retail for $240/each, but they can be yours for $175/each. Really gorgeous distressed medium brown/sable leather that will get better with age. Belted closure and down inserts. I keep them but they don't match my decor and they aren't part of my regular line! PM me for more deets or if you want them!
Convertible loaded up! The Oaxaca bags are starting to ship today! (And continuing on Monday) 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
👋🏼HI EVERYONE👋🏼 I'm back in LA and happy to report all the bags made it back with me safely (no mezcal leaks in my luggage 😬). I will begin shipping on Wednesday, pretty pls be patient a few more days 🙌🏻 some of the bags just need a little tweaking with the zippers, stitching, etc. My stitcher and I are working on it and will be finished in the next couple days. Thanks again so much. Looking forward to getting these bags out to everyone! XO
In non-Mexico related news, I have a space available in my studio in LA. Available immediately or August 15th. Amazing light, beautiful space. DTLA, close to garment district, arts district, etc. DM me for more details.
Inspired by all the talented artisans of the area, not only the ones I worked with directly everyday, I carved out a little time to work on some development projects. I wanted an alternative to the netted bags from Chiapas, so I worked on a version made of indigo dyed rope. Pretty happy with it. 💙
Today I travelled back to teotitlanto pick up all the bags we sold. I had each woman pose with her bag so I can include their cute pics along with the "shipped" email I send when these go out. Beautiful women ❤️
I got talked into giving one more half day of classes in San Miguel Del Valle. At the end of the class, the women all moved their chairs and asked me to take a video. If you understand Spanish, you'll understand what they are saying. If you don't, you'll understand the word "gracias" a million times, which is basically how I feel. Full of "gracias".
Well, you all officially rule! We sold all the featured bags just now and I was able to happily (and very late at night) send a message to the director of the microfinance group, who has been my point person on this project, to let her know to tell the ladies 1st thing tomorrow morning! Thank you thank you thank you all. I remember when I 1st started making bags, selling my 1st one was enough to get me pumped to make a 2nd one, and so on and so on. Who knows if it will inspire the same feelings within the ladies who's bags we just sold, but that's my hope. Anyways, it's late, but THANK YOU! I'm back in the states on the 5th and will be shipping shortly after. I'm off to celebrate with a mezcalito! 🎉
These are the last two bags left from my 48 hour sale of the bags we made in Teotitlan Del Valle. Any takers? You've got till tomorrow morning. I'd hate to go back and be like "I sold all of them EXCEPT these two 😢" Anyways, PM me if you have any questions or are interested!
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During this month, designer Jennifer Stilwell @allhands_ has been giving leather/handbag workshops in three communities where we work. The artisans in our program already make the prettiest bags but wanted to learn about new techniques, pattern-making, and designs! Jennifer tailored the workshops according to the materials and styles used in the different communities. In Santo Domingo Tomaltepec, the focus was on learning how to work with vegetable tanned leather and how to give the products a "modern" look. In San Miguel del Valle, where this photo was taken, the women do not own machines which can sew the wool woven pieces into bags, so the focus was on creating bags all handmade. Thank you so much, Jennifer, for holding these beautiful workshops! ⠀