Meet the Designer: Mapa Collective

The adorable founder of MAPA Collective shares a peek behind the scenes and her favorite spots to visit in Colombia.

Paula Herrera was born in the United States and grew up all over the world: Guatemala, Greece, Spain, and finally landed in Chicago. Although she lived everywhere early in life, one thing always remained the same: her love of fashion. Everywhere she went, Paula would always collect handbags and accessories but her favorites pieces always came from Colombia, a major part of her heritage. After completing school, she worked as a management consultant in New York City, but decided that entrepreneurship and retail were really her thing. Paula realized how much her friends loved her global collection of accessories and wanted to make the unique pieces she found on her travels accessible to the world. So she created MAPA Collective, an accessories line she designs in Chicago and produces in Colombia. Sustainability and quality are of the upmost importance, so she works with both the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Colombian Ministry of Environment, Housing and Sustainable Development. Here we chat with the woman who’s bringing South American style to our doorstep.

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