Paola Palacio - Paola Palacio

Finalist of the The Conscious Magazine Most Socially Responsible Handbag


2018 Finalist Paola Palacio Paola Palacio


What country are your bags manufactured?

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
Our handbags are made by women, who are responsible for their homes, children, and husbands. They prefer to work from home to as home represents a comfortable space with the benefit of being available for their families. We work with “Women who Weave Peace.” They work 4 to 6 hours daily to make our products. They are empowered women who value Our handbags are made by Women who Weave Peace. They are sowers of peace from home as they are women who take care of their homes and children. They nurture and educate their children with the goal of having less adolescents dependant on drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. They are women who are present at home to offer a valuable space for their children and husband. They are empowered women who value being at home while being productive and independent financially. Handmade handbags made by a team of five women from a lower-income area in Bogota, Colombia.Colombia, coming from a Spanish colony, is by nature and birth a patriarchy in which women have always been undervalued and diminished, to the point in which they are often treated as second class citizens. This became more apparent during the 50+ years armed conflict in which underprivileged women became a target for multiple sides. We encourage them to improve the techniques used, their hand craftiness abilities, and the use of simple machinery. Colombian Female Artisans weave stories and build up their communities. They give their positive energy through handbags made with love and dedication, handbags that have soul. They teach us that united women are capable of building webs of love to mobilize the world. Coming Back to Your Essence means recognizing where we come from and that it is from these Female Artisans that we can create with love as they have loved for many generations.

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
Yes, we work with local artisans to develop and make our designs come true. They are part of the creative process as well as the manufacturing process.

Working Conditions. (Are the manufacturers/artisans that are being employed being treated humanely, of age, and working in safe and acceptable conditions? Please explain)
We work with women who are of age in Colombia (18+ years) and we give them the benefit of working from home so they can fulfill other commitments and responsibilities. We keep an organized production calendar that shows them the amount of handbags needed to be made during a week so they know the amount of work they are expected to complete in each week. We also provide a monthly estimate of units to be made so we can quantify their job security. We also provide training in which they learn techniques that can be applied to their daily work routines.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
Although I have been raised in a family with means, I have been exposed to the reality of living in an emerging economy in which inequality is larger and larger, with this in mind, I find myself as a platform to be able to provide opportunities for other women that have not been as fortunate as I have. Colombia is my country, my home, and I feel identified with these women because one day, that was my grandmother. I can be the platform many artisans are looking for to be able to afford an education for their children, to put a meal on their tables, and to have a decent life. Paola Palacio as a brand is not only about my dream of being a renowned designer but about creating a space for more people that know how to make handbags. They are my best partners, we pull together, they listen to me, and they teach me to be a better person and a better entrepreneur every day. Paola Palacio looks to reduce restlessness, unemployment, and instead, increase the possibility of make dreams come true for all women.

Bag Description
Paola Palacio, Amazonas bag, backpack, golden leather and impermeable violet lining. Retail price $160USD.

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