When I first saw a Nena & Co. bag, I nearly passed out. The colors and patterns were spectacular and it made me feel like I was on vacation. Anything that makes me feel like I’m on vacation without having to actually go to the airport and try to make my way through security without TSA patting down my sock bun to make sure I’m not smuggling anything inside it (yep, happens all the time) is quite the golden ticket.
If that wasn’t enough, the story behind the bags made me like them even more. The fabrics (made from raw cotton that are then dyed and spun into thread) are all recycled coming from Guatamalan huipils (the traditional tops of Maya women) and portions of each sale go to providing filtered water, jobs, or an education to impoverished Maya families. What an awesome way to give back.
The collection is a mix of gorgeous beach bags, weekenders, and these adorable mini Huipil clutches made with the fabric and leather by local artisans.
I love the size of these little guys – perfect for a phone, keys, some cash and a gloss for a night out.
This is such a great “get and give back” piece. Nothing like a little bit of upcycling to turn a garment that is no longer being used into something so outstanding and chic. Kudos to Nena & Co – I totally heart you!
Nena & Co.
Price – $24+
Styles – weekenders, tote bags, clutches, tunics, camera straps, shoes, turbans.