Introducing our 2014 Mercado Global line

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As Chicago’s arctic winter nears an end, we feel it’s time to bring on the spring colors, prints and materials. We’d like to introduce a few handbags from the {haute} 2014 collection by fair trade partner, Mercado Global.

MG LogoMercado Global is a nonprofit organization that promotes community driven development by linking Guatemalan women’s cooperatives to the U.S. market through a model of fair wage employment. Mercado Global provides assistance to the one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessory artisans in the areas of design, product development, technical training, financial planning and organizational management. Today, the employment and support given by this organization has made it possible for over 200 women cooperative members to provide basic necessities such as nutritious meals for their families and schooling for their children.

The ideal spring trio: Matea Weekender, Emilia Tote and San Juan Clutch.

MATEA

 

Matea Weekender

Made by Guatemalan artisans, the Matea Weekender combines traditional stripes with intricate handwoven brocade. Features inner and outer pockets, a detachable strap, and macrame pompom details. Accented with nickel hardware. Natural and black. 100% cotton. Fully lined. Measures 18.5″H x 15.5″W.  Retail: $328.00

 

EMILIA

 

Emilia Tote

Constructed by Guatemalan artisans of handwoven stripe and brocade, this stylish carryall features leather handles and piping, an inner pocket with leather detailing, and is accented by detachable macrama pompoms. Natural and black. 100% cotton. Fully lined. Measures 16″H x 14″W x 5″D. Retail: $165.00

 

CLUTCH

San Juan Clutch

This must-have clutch, constructed by Guatemalan artisans from handwoven traditional striped fabric, is the perfect accessory. Accented with fabric piping is and brass zipper closure. Fully lined. 100% cotton. Measures 6″H x 12″W. Retail: $48.00

 

Oh spring, how we love thee.

 

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