You heard it here first: Lucia Echavarria, the designer behind the whimsical headpieces that are must-haves for It-girl brides and stylish Burning Man attendees, is expanding her repertoire into handbags. Their decorative beauty speaks for itself, but what makes these minaudières so unique is how they're made: from woven iraca palm leaves using a traditional technique local to Usiacuri in Colombia. Even more special? They’re hand-dipped in gold. Secure yours now—only on Moda.
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“Headpieces have been used throughout history in all cultures to mark and honor important occasions.”
“The palm leaves are separated into fine fibers and braided around a wire frame. The pieces that are gilded are taken to another artisan’s workshop in Bogota where they are hand-dipped in gold. For a single bag the whole process can take about a month.”
“I am Colombian but I was born in Paris and grew up between Paris, Colombia and England—and I went to university in the States. Traveling so much has exposed me to many cultures which inevitably influence my style.”
“The elements and forces of nature have always been a source of inspiration and wonder. I’m humbled and in awe of the magnitude of the sky, the power of the ocean, the sacred geometry and patterns found in nature."