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.

Shop Mapa Collective >

 

 

Meet the Designer: AW by Andrea Wong

Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, this Vancouver handbag designer sources materials from the road less traveled.

“It’s about wasting less and cherishing more.” This is AW by Andrea Wong’s design mantra. The Vancouver studio handcrafts accessories using both modern and old world sewing techniques with materials under the same categories. From reclaimed and vintage leather and textiles, to Swiss-made climbing ropes, every piece of the accessories line is unique. We caught up with the adorable designer to get a peek behind the scenes.

Shop AW by Andrea Wong >

 

 

Meet the Designer: One Fated Knight

They name their bags after nobility and find inspiration in the medieval. Meet the gal behind One Fated Knight’s timeless leather handbags.

Jen Yau first began her line of woven and patchwork leather bags to fill a personal desire: the perfect, affordable leather bag to go with her many pairs of jeans. While the rest of us regular humans might spend day after day searching for the right bag, she took matters into her own hands and created her own. She picked up and moved back to her hometown of Vancouver after working on Fashion Avenue in New York City for years with a lot of gumption and a ton of entrepreneurial spirit. Since then her bags have been snapped up by boutiques across Canada and the US and beloved by bloggers and editors alike. Here, she gives us a look behind the scenes.

Shop One Fated Knight >

 

Meet the Designer: Freedom of Animals

Drawing inspiration from ethical fashion trailblazers like Stella McCartney and the sophistication of Céline, Freedom of Animals is creating a new category in sustainable style: Feel (Really) Good Fashion. Not only are their sleek handbags and backpacks made with materials like recycled water bottles and organic cotton, the luxury line has partnered with a wildlife conservation fund to donate a portion of sales. No wonder they’ve amassed such a following (that includes SJP herself) in a couple of short years. There’s literally nothing not to love about this line so we had to get all the scoop from designer Morgan Boyle. Of course she’s just as cool as we thought she’d be.

Shop Freedom of Animals >