If I Can, yu­catan

Louboutin’s lat­est tote cel­e­brates the zest of mex­ico while ben­e­fit­ting vul­ner­a­ble ar­ti­sans in the yu­catan penin­sula

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Louboutin’s lat­est tote cel­e­brates the zest of Mex­ico while ben­e­fit­ing vul­ner­a­ble ar­ti­sans in the Yu­catan Penin­sula

Chris­tian Louboutin has col­lab­o­rated on its colour­ful Mex­i­caba tote with Taller Maya, a Mex­i­can char­ity that helps ar­ti­sans, pre­dom­i­nantly but not ex­clu­sively women, pre­serve their unique craft skills—mainly cross-stitch em­broi­dery and weav­ing. Taller Maya’s mis­sion is to pre­serve au­then­tic crafts­man­ship at a time when the lo­cal cul­ture is be­ing di­luted, and thus en­sure the long-term eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment of Mayan ar­ti­sans. Ten per cent of prof­its from ev­ery Mex­i­caba sold in Louboutin bou­tiques will be do­nated di­rectly to the char­ity. Taller Maya ar­ti­sans were also paid eq­ui­tably for their work on its cre­ation. The bag it­self is re­ally rather fab­u­lous. Each fea­tures pan­els of eye-popping hand­wo­ven cot­ton, vivid Mayan em­broi­dery, bone beads fash­ioned from the horns of bulls and wooden beads painted with myth­i­cal wild beast mo­tifs. The silk lin­ing is even printed with tiny day of the dead skulls placed there to guard your be­long­ings.

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