I’m not really one to own a lot of purses. Instead of a closet full of bags, I have a handful at most. The bags and purses I do have though, I’m very committed to. I try to pick staple styles that are cute, super functional and versatile, and then I wear and re-wear them.
I fell in love with The Catrinka Project brand about 2 years ago when I discovered them at a popup shop where I bought a staple purse of mine (shown here, here, here…you get the point). Their handmade bags were great quality and cute, but the story behind The Catrinka Project is what really sold me.
More than just a fashion accessory line, this small, woman-owned business was designed with a specific mission to empower women all across the world. The Catrinka Project’s philosophy: Buy a bag. Employ a woman. Educate a girl.
To date, the brand has provided fair work to over 220 women in 16 countries — from Africa to India, Haiti and more — and has supported nearly 300 adolescent girls in 5 countries.
Those who know me, know that I love fashionable finds that have a great story behind them. So when the founder of The Catrinka Project, Megan, reached out asking if I was interested in helping her debut the Iris bag, I was elated.
Inspired by all-purpose travel bags, the Iris crossbody bag, named after the 21 year old craftswoman from El Salvador who made it (more on her here) truly lived up to its inspiration as it went all across and around Martinique with me.