When I started this baby of mine (Kakaw Designs) a little over a year ago, I had only considered the markets outside of Guatemala. I thought we would work with local partners and artisans in Guatemala, and then ship the handmade boots and bags to abroad. Through this model, we’ve done well – we’ve had orders from the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Germany, Spain, and the UK.
What I didn’t expect was so much interest locally here in Guatemala. Turns out, people here (both Guatemalan and foreign) are in search of well-made luxury products, always with the local Mayan accents, and solid partnerships with the artisans. We’re bombarded here in Antigua with handicrafts everywhere, and always handmade, but the attention to detail is definitely not the same. What we have at Kakaw is really luxury, and that’s hard to find.
With that said, I was honored when Vessel Boutique asked to have Kakaw products at their new store in Antigua. Vessel is a well-established boutique in Mexico City, who themselves have a complete line of handmade clothes and accessories made in Guatemala. Their clothes are gorgeous – my favorite, this wool coat!
It’s a great fit with Kakaw Designs, and we’re excited to be part of their new store in Antigua. They’ve experienced the same thing as us; people are asking them to sell locally. So, why not?
Next time you’re in Antigua, find us at Vessel Boutique, located right on the Arch Street. Come check out what we’ve got going.
Take a look at this post by Vessel for more awesome photos of the shop!