5 Things To Tell You About Our Guatemalan Production
Our firsthand experience in Guatemala is nothing short of incredible. It solidifies the decision to build a relationship with our production partner and brings to the forefront all that our partnership stands for: integrity, ethical practices, transparency, social good, opportunity out of poverty, relationship building and more. We want to give you a highlight list of why our Guatemalan production is so important and to share the incredible value of the Prim & Clove brand.
| 1 | Our bags are created out of real, beautiful, full grain leather. This leather is sourced from providers with sustainable practices and who view leather as a byproduct of the meat industry, preventing future waste and utilizing all parts of the animal. We are essentially using “leftovers” and making them into something beautiful and unique.
| 2 | The artisans handcrafting these bags are talented, hard working and dedicated to providing quality work. They have safe, clean, welcoming work environments and are paid a living wage that allows them and their families to escape poverty + provides opportunity far beyond what many typical job opportunities in Guatemala may offer. For more inspiration, we would like to note: the more we create and purchase, the more we are able to partner with artisans and employ them with an income to support their livelihood.
| 3 | Our production is all by hand, in small batches, in home workshops with minimal waste. Our future designs to include textiles will be created upcycled fabric, sourced from authentic local textile markets. These reused, already woven textiles saves intricate traditional Maya garments from going into landfill and avoids waste created by the production of new materials.
| 4 | We have a production partner who entirely makes this possible and extends impact far beyond what we could do alone. Hiptipico is based in Guatemala and aids in our communication and process with each artisan partner. Hiptipico has built a stable support system for our artisan partners to guarantee their continued success. Life in rural Guatemala is part of a cycle of poverty—inadequate health care services, natural disasters, many unforeseen obstacles and more. Hiptipico intervenes with emergency funding for medical bills, schooling fees and personal financing to our artisan partners. With limited access to financial institutions, families frequently need a loan to get back on their feet. This is the additional support bridges the gap to end the cycle of poverty.
| 5 | Quality is always at the forefront of our minds. Each artisan is proud of the work he or she creates. Our brand is also proud of what we offer to our consumers. Together, we have reached a level of quality that elevates each and every item we bring to life. We don’t take shortcuts—ever—and want to get things right—always. We value our relationship together so we, in turn, can offer you valuable products to enrich your life.
We are so grateful for our partnership with Hiptipico and local Guatemalan artisans and are proud to share insights into our (always transparent) production.