Maria Estrada - IGNES Handbags, Made in Uruguay

Winner of the The Most Socially Responsible Handbag


2007 Finalist Maria Estrada IGNES Handbags, Made in Uruguay


What country are your bags manufactured?
We like to offer luxurious and quality-led designs handcrafted with unique leathers, as well as create pieces with high attention to detail. We think of a woman who is stylish, confident and fashion-conscious, and appreciates the aspects of the bag that will make her life easier, as well as how and where it came from. We have now launched a bespoke service which means a large part of our design and brand philosophy is working with the consumer to create a unique and personalized bag to express their own style.

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
$185 - $395

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
We add new silhouettes and definitely new materials

How have your bags impacted this community?
Italian brands such as Furla for their longevity and family oriented initiation, Anya Hindmarch for spotting the trends, Bottega Veneta for understated luxury

What is your design philosophy?
Independent boutiques in cities such as London, Amsterdam, New York, Dublin and Guatemala. Stores include Austique in Chelsea London, Shop in Lower East Side NY and Fraai in Amsterdam. We have started selling wholesale recently and are adding boutiques such as socially responsible Arboretum in California. We are eager to begin working with a department store where the brand would sit well since we are now ready in terms of great consumer feedback, high skilled own production team and access to fantastic leathers.

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