The Freedom State hearts Stela 9!
I'm fussy when it comes to bags. So one day last year when I walked into a showing for another label, I was totally taken aback when the doors had opened to a vision of a dream! There hanging on a rack was a collection of bags that took my breath away! It was then that I was introduced to the label Stela 9, and I HAD TO HAVE THEM!
Stela 9 began in the summer of 2010 by an archaeology assistant with a love of Mayan culture, artisan leather crafting and weaving traditions. The line was initially created through a meticulous process of sourcing precious stones, recycled textiles and ethically procured leather that represented our worldly aesthetic.
Today the brand continues to concentrate on the importance of preserving cultural traditions of artisans throughout Latin America and India. The items evoke wanderlust and are handmade by skilled artisans. Stela 9 directly contributes to the livelihood and sustainability of the indigenous communities that these cherished items travel from. Check out this short clip to find out more about the people behind the label.