In honor of Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of our Mexican neighbors’ rich culture, history, and zest for life, we look at the country that gave us Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Luis Barragán to name a few. President Trump might want to erect a wall to divide America and Mexico, but we’d like to to honor the incredible artisans from Mexico and their unique crafts and skills. So here are seven of the best designs to showcase the some of the best Mexico has to offer.
Christian Louboutin Mexicaba
Shoe guru Christian Louboutin has collaborated with Taller Maya on the Mexicaba bag to help the Yucatan Peninsula preserve its unique craft skills. The bag launched on May 4, and 10 percent of the profits from the sales will be donated directly to the foundation, as well as to the artisans who worked on this bag.
Christian Louboutin Mexicaba, $1,490, christianlouboutin.com
Designers Joana Valdez and Georgina Duarte started the brand in 2009 and have since won Vogue Mexico’s “Who’s on Next” with their artisanal jewelry. Their mission is to revive mestizo traditions through their modern and contemporary designs, which use metals like gold and silver with precious stones.
Amandina Sapphire Bar Earrings, $300, Cooperativeshop.com
Founded by Phoebe and Annette Stephens, whose aesthetic is a mixture of antique European jewelry and the metalwork techniques of Mexico. Each piece is unique and hand made by artisans in their Mexico City workshop.
Alpaca-silver and Brass Large Cage Clutch, $850, Anndreaneen.com
Daniela Bustos Maya
Working with ancient coins with Aztec symbols and using special weaving techniques, Daniela Bustos Maya’s designs are a nod to the Yucatan traditions.
Cream Hand Woven Pulsera Entrelazada Bracelet, $95, shoplatitude.com
Founded in 2013 by Gillian Tozer and Elise Durbecq, Truss collaborates with small business owners and local artisans to create handmade custom accessories in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Large Bucket Bag, $295, Barneys.com
Launched in 2012 by two longtime friends, Francisco Cancino and Concha Orvañanos, Yakampot aims to promote Mexican cultural heritage through their design and by using a traditional method of making their clothing. They collaborate with indigenous artisans and focuses on their two treasured principles — aesthetic and culture.
Yakampot Rina Blouse, $184, Cooperativeshop.com
Duo De Mar
Working with the Mexican artisans to create sophisticated beachwear using natural fibers and textures and looking to the Riviera Maya for inspiration, the designers of Duo De Mar mix the laid-back culture of Mexican life with a contemporary style.
Duo De Mar Coral Bag, $255, Cooperativeshop.com
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