New: The Duffle Bag!

I’ve been wanting to make a larger bag for a while, mainly because I didn’t have a good one to take on short adventures.  That’s how many of our products have been developed, did you know?  I got a scooter and needed a good backpack, so tada! The Quetzal Backpack.  I bought a new laptop and needed a good sleeve, so tada! The Laptop Sleeve.  And now, our newest baby: the Duffel Bag.

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The Duffel Bag is made with naturally-dyed and handwoven sturdy footloom textile with two shades of indigo in stripes.  The genuine leather adds even more durability, so you can really take it with you on all your adventures.  It comes with two outer and two inner pockets.  Made from start to finish by hand in Guatemala.

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Some of my travel essentials this summer including our Duffel Bag, Laptop Sleeve, and Quetzal Shoes.

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We’re ready to start making our first batch!  We also have a sale event coming up for newsletter subscribers only… Let me know if you want in at, and I’ll add you to the list 😉




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My Duffel Bag ❤️ Traveling the world together.

We’re going to Renegade Chicago!

Did you hear the good news?

We’re so excited to announce that…. WE’RE GOING TO CHICAGO!


If you’re in the area, please come join us!  And even if you’re not, help us by sharing the Facebook event.  We’ve teamed up with Kelly from Cardamom Collective to offer you the ultimate textile-loving booth ❤️ There’s even rumors of a special drink with cacao and cardamom… don’t miss it!


We’re on Sustainably Chic!

We can’t get over this gorgeous OOTD post by Sustainably Chic, one of the top sustainable and ethical fashion blogs out there.  What an honor to be included in the mix!


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Our Macaw Tote is looking so beautiful in this Summer Casual Outfit ❤


Make sure to check out the entire original post... there’s a special discount code in there 🙂


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Natalie Kay from Sustainably Chic looking beautiful in the sun 🌻


Loving the clutch?  Check it out at! Just $75.Macaw Clutch

Great Fundraiser for Animal-Assisted Therapy!

Last month, we had a wonderful fundraiser pop-up for Bocalán Guatemala and Fundación Way-bi here in Antigua.  We had our products for sale with 20-40% of the proceeds going to the two organizations for their animal-assisted therapy programs.  Suburbia Lounge also donated 10% of all food and drink sales, so together we were able to raise a good chunk of money 🙂

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THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by!  Just with Kakaw sales we were able to raise over 1000Q.


Quentin and Berry, best friends 🐶


Great mimosas, the best brunch in town!


It’s fun to be able to sell one-of-a-kind products not found on 🙂

MUCHAS GRACIAS!  It’s always amazing to see all the supporters of Kakaw come out in person.  We really appreciate it!




Find Kakaw on Collectivitea!

Friends, there’s now another easy place to find your favorite Kakaw products.

We’re pretty excited to be part of such an awesome ethical treasure marketplace…Collectivitea!  The cool thing about shopping there is that the marketplace is FULL of beautiful things… so you can buy from lots of different sellers (just like on Etsy) and have one cart and one checkout.  Make sure to take a look.


We are a small team of creatives and creative entrepreneurs who, inspired by the thriving bazaars and markets around the world, have created this platform for independent sellers to sell their hand-crafted, printed, woven, designed, painted, sculpted, embroidered, knitted, drawn, illustrated (you get the idea!) or ethically sourced items, helping them reach a wider audience.
But that’s not all.
We want to use Collectivitea to draw attention to communities, causes and organizations that need our  support. Collectivitea. Let’s do it together.

Learn more.

Just some of our products found on Collectivitea:


May Photo Contest Winner!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the photo contest this month. It’s always so much fun to see how our artisanmade products are worn and loved.

Check out some of the photos we received… and scroll down to see the winner!

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Adrienne at Ben Lomond, California.  Amazing Redwood trees!  Fantastic to see our Quetzal Backpack and Hummingbird Wrap in the forest.



Adrienne with her Quetzal Backpack and her new Corte Wrap, having fun at a Fair Trade fair in California.

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Jessica at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, with her Hummingbird Boots.  What an incredible view!

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This one was actually an Instagram feature by Erin Outdoors @erinoutdoors… but throwing it in here because it’s so purdy.  Photo by @shortstache


Kelly showing off her complete outfit with a Quetzal Wrap in Palo de la Vida and Quetzal Backpack.


Kelly requested an oversize matching wallet for her backpack… they look great together!


AND THE WINNER IS…… (drum roll please…)

Holley, who spent an entire day shooting these shots with her friend Maya wearing her Macaw Boots at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  I especially love that it shows how much fun they had on this beautiful day.  The magic is definitely real in this shoot that Holley titled “Alice in the Jungle Book”.




Thank you everyone for taking part, and congratulations to Holley – she’ll be getting a Macaw Wallet of her choice, either Brick or Forest.  Yay!!


Trunk Show in San Francisco!

All you lucky friends of the Bay – we’ll see you SOON at Wallflower, one of our retailer boutiques in San Francisco.  We’ve got products up to 20% off (including boots!), and beauties never seen before… because they’re not even listed online.  We’ll be releasing sneak peeks on Instagram, and let us know if there’s something that interests you – once we’ve got everything in the US, it’s easy to ship.



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See you at 1176 Valencia, folks!

Quetzal Backpack feature by Day Job Optional

We’re pretty excited to share these amazing photos of Michelle Christina from Day Job Optional.  I’m clearly a fan of these shots in New York, but I’m also a fan of their website, created to be “a roadmap for creative babes recovering from the 9-5″… YES!  We all need that in our lives.

Make sure to check out MC’s post about our Quetzal Backpack!  We can’t wait to see where she will take the backpack next year… oh, the possibilities.


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Kakaw Designs ethically produced accessories with a team of local artisans, weavers, and talented women in Guatemala, where its founder was born. They emphasize traditional Latin American motifs and techniques, using locally sourced materials like leather and hand-woven, hand-dyed textiles. You can read more about their story here.

We snapped these shots of the Quetzal Backpack on the rooftops of Brooklyn to show you how beautiful it really is.”

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Day Job Optional also has a treat for you:  They’re giving away a Macaw Wallet!  Just follow these easy instructions to enter. Hurry, the random winner will be announced on Monday, December 28th.


Who will be the lucky winner??


Find Kakaw at Khazana!

We’re so excited to announce another lovely store to carry Kakaw in the US… and it is a beautiful textile shop!

Khazana Imported Arts and Textiles is in Minneapolis, with a focus of providing artisan-made beauty from all over the world.  We are so honored to be part of this gorgeous store, with our bags and scarves mixed among other stunning textiles.

Take a look:

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Anju and Kelly, the textile gurus at Khazana, showing off a shipment of Kakaw goodies.

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I spy Kakaw bags… among so many beautiful treasures!!

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A Kakaw Mandala.


So glad they liked the little artisanal chocolate I sent for Anju and Kelly… with love all the way from Guatemala.

Visit them this holiday season at 2225 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, everyone!!!