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Help us to support hand craftsmanship & empower indigenous women. Our backpack tells a story of tradition, culture & heritage.
Help us to support hand craftsmanship & empower indigenous women. Our backpack tells a story of tradition, culture & heritage.
238 backers pledged £16,733 to help bring this project to life.

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Wayuu Backpack: Support Colombian Hand Craftsmanship

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We have one goal with this Kickstarter: to change lives. Every pledge supports and provides work for indigenous women in Colombia, supporting local artisans and preserving hand craftsmanship.

 

 

 

 

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Ethically made with unique patterns our bags preserve Colombian heritage and provide jobs to local women of the Wayuu people in Northern Colombia. The collection is made using the finest hand crochet techniques and with 100% soft leather. We want to maintain the human element in our products whilst keeping alive a tradition and making a social impact.

Stylish and versatile the Wayuu backpack will go everywhere you go, whether it’s everyday life in your city or discovering new places. The Wayuu bag represents self-expression and self-discovery; take it with you on your adventures and together we can explore the world.

    

 

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MEET THE WAYUU WOMEN WHO WEAVE OUR BAGS , BRACELETS AND TEXTILES. Our ultimate goal in promoting a sustainable, ethical brand is to gain the trust and respect of people everywhere, just as we have done with the local tribes and communities in Colombia. We want the consumer to believe, not only in our mission and in us, but also in the power of the fashion industry to make a change and impact in the world.

It is important to clarify that we are not a charity. We are a consumer brand with a social mission that supports local artisans and helps to provide jobs to women living in challenging conditions.

 

 
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CHECK OUR SOCIAL MISSION PAGE

 

        
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Click to check our social mission page

 

 

 

After completing my degree in Journalism in Bogotá, I decided to return to London, to work for the company where I interned before university. I arrived back in London with a suitcase full of clothes and a side project called CASTELLANO ETHNIC ORIGINS. After graduating I spent 5 months in Colombia, creating and developing CASTELLANO. My idea was to tell and show people in England the human stories of the indigenous women in my country by designing bracelets and handbags that would be handmade by them.

I had no idea about how to start a business, write a business plan or any knowledge about margins, mark ups or import duties. Despite this, I followed my passion and used my life savings to produce 500 bracelets, 50 bespoke Wayuu bags embroidered with Swarovski crystals and 4 backpack prototypes in Colombia. This was the first step towards reaching my dream to become a young entrepreneur who can make an impact in the world. Fearless and with strength and belief, I decided to quit my full time job to focus on my business. With little money in my pockets I managed to rent a room in London and begin the hard journey of a social entrepreneur. 

Two years after that life-changing decision I am launching this Kickstarter campaign, to tell you and the rest of the world who I am and what I have created. I am here because I need your support to push CASTELLANO to the next level of becoming an international brand with a social mission. 

I have no other investors, or received any financial aid up to this point. But I do have mentors, advisers and my loyal team of interns. We are a small team but we work very hard and with passion to gain trust and build a community of consumers who believe in our mission statement as much as we do.   Read more about me.  

Our mission is simple, to PRESERVE AND SUPPORT COLOMBIA HAND CRAFTSMANSHIP. We deliver a one-of-a-kind luxury product with transparency to the global market that empowers indigenous communities while sustaining the finest craftsmanship in Colombia.

         

Risks and challenges

During the last couple of years, we have worked non-stop to find the best artisans and wayuu weavers who carefully make our textiles and mochila bags. We have also research deeply the leather industry in Colombia to find the right leather suppliers and manufacturer. Today we sourced the best environmentally friendly materials and offer a large range of bespoke bags and bracelets.

Having said that, and regardless of the great control we have over our supply chain, sometimes problems arise, as any manufacturing process at high volumes, processes can be delayed.

Manufacturing:

We support only 100% handmade items. Products that are handmade will always differ slightly by the individual nature of each design, size, patterns and colours. Be aware of this fact as we reserve the right to NOT ACCEPT RETURNS AND REFUNDS when we have clearly stated in our product description the colour, shape, material and dimensions of the item.

We have been working with the same group of indigenous women that will produce the CASTELLANO® Backpack textiles for over two years. We have a strong relationship with them, and they have never conclude an order late to us during our entire relationship. However, they have a maximum capacity of 500 textiles during a normal production cycle of 60-90 days. If we receive orders beyond this amount, then it will take an additional 60-90 days to produce any remaining orders.

That is without a doubt our biggest risk. Rest assured, we have done everything in our power to avoid such delays. Fortunately the Wayuu women have the ability to respond quickly to these unexpected situations expanding their production capacity with more skilled artisans in the entire Guajira Desert.

Fulfillment:
We have been working with our fulfillment partner in the UK, Keymail Global Logistics, one year. The have the ability to receive our colombian production and ship thousands of orders each week. With a bit of advanced planning, we are more than confident in their ability to fulfill all UK orders. For the USA we have partnered with XXX to integrate our kickstarer orders and take care of shipping inside the country.

Shipping: We will ship all domestic orders via USPS Parcel Select. For orders shipping to Canada, we will deliver via Canada Post. For orders shipping to any other international destination, we will ship via ROYAL MAIL / PARCEL FORNCE INTERNATIONAL BASED IN THE UK.
While we typically do not have many issues with USPS or Any other shipping company, please be aware that they do occur at a low rate. About 1% of orders typically have a shipping error or issue -- either on behalf of the receiver (bad address, moved, etc.) or on behalf of the shipper (package lost, destroyed in transit, etc.) We will insure all packages on your behalf and we will purchase postage that includes a tracking number to help resolve any issues that may occur. If your order is ‘undeliverable' we will reach out to you to update your address and re-ship. Please note however, once a package has left our warehouse, we no longer have control over it. In the rare case where a package is lost, stolen, or destroyed, we will file an insurance claim with USPS on your behalf, but we will not cover the cost of replacement.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.27

    Become a change maker

    Become a ChangeMaker!

    By donating just one dollar $ or pound £ we will send you the PDF “Artisans stories” that will teach you about the Wayuu people and their culture.
    Also:
    -Get access to our exclusive Castellano Members club. (FB private group)
    -Information behind the scenes, exclusive videos with Wayuu Women and direct connection with Castellano team.
    -Thank you for your support, We will add your name to our founders' list.

    EVERY backer counts! When you pledge, it helps this campaign and movement get in front of a LOT more people. Please help make this a reality and to join our COMMUNITY! you will be always notified of our progress, and have access to EXCLUSIVE sales!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    (1) Handmade Activist BRACELET

    -Limited Quantity
    -CASTELLANO gold plated coin.
    -Get access to our exclusive Castellano Members club.
    -Social impact: Water supply to Wayuu community in Colombia.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    (1) Handmade Luxury BRACELET

    -Bracelet with Swarovski crystals, CASTELLANO gold plated coin & silver bead to tie and fasten.
    -Limited quantity.
    -Available for men and women.
    -Get access to our exclusive Castellano Members club.
    -Social impact: Water supply to Wayuu community in Colombia.
    -You will receive a final order confirmation at the end of the campaign to choose colour.

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    Pledge £65 or more About $83

    (1) Handmade Wayuu bag size Small

    -SAVE 10% ON SUPER EARLY BIRD
    -Limited quantity
    -Typical dimensions (approx.): L: 17 cm, W: 22cm, Strap length: 60 to 80 cm.
    -Choose between 3 designs.
    -Receive a final order confirmation at the end of the campaign to choose size and colour.
    -Available for men and women.
    -Members club.
    -Social Impact: Give jobs to Wayuu women in Colombia & preserve the finest crochet technique in the world.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $127

    (1) Handmade Wayuu BAG size Medium

    -SAVE 15% ON SUPER EARLY BIRD
    -Typical dimensions (approx.): L: 20 cm, W: 25cm, Strap length: 80 to 100 cm.
    -Choose between 3 designs.
    -Receive a final order confirmation at the end of the campaign to choose size and colour.
    -Available for men and women.
    -Members club.
    -Social Impact: Give jobs to Wayuu women and preserve the finest crochet technique in the world.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $159

    (1) Wayuu BACKPACK

    -SAVE 25% ON SUPER EARLY BIRD-
    -Limited Quantity
    -Handcrafted with soft Colombian leather and knitted Wayuu textile.
    -Receive a final order confirmation at the end of the campaign to choose Pattern/colour.
    -Social impact: Supporting and preserve Wayuu heritage and empower Wayuu women to develop their skills and have a better standard of living.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $159

    (1) Wayuu BAG - UNISEX VERSION

    -SAVE 20% ON SUPER EARLY BIRD-
    -Limited time quantity
    -Receive a final order confirmation at the end of the campaign to choose Pattern/colour.
    -Social impact: Supporting and preserve Wayuu heritage and empower Wayuu women to develop their skills and have a better standard of living.

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    Pledge £135 or more About $172

    (1) Wayuu BACKPACK

    -SAVE 20% ON SUPER EARLY BIRD-
    -Limited Quantity.
    -Handcrafted with soft Colombian leather and knitted Wayuu textile.
    -Receive a final order confirmation at the end of the campaign to choose Pattern/colour.
    -Social impact: Supporting and preserve Wayuu heritage and empower Wayuu women to develop their skills and have a better standard of living.

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    Pledge £150 or more About $191

    (1) Wayuu BACKPACK

    -SAVE 10% ON SUPER EARLY BIRD-
    -Unique handwoven textile (It takes 15 days to make just by hand).
    -Handcrafted with soft Colombian leather and knitted Wayuu textile.
    -Receive a final order confirmation at the end of the campaign to choose Pattern/colour.
    -Social impact: Supporting and preserve Wayuu heritage and empower Wayuu women to develop their skills and have a better standard of living.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $319

    EARLY BIRD COMBO 1

    WAYUU BACKPACK + WAYUU CROSS BODY BAG.
    The backpack is handcrafted with soft leather and a handwoven textile made by Wayuu women in Colombia. Wayuu bag takes 25 days to weave by hand.

    (Save £80 off retail)

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    Pledge £350 or more About $446

    EARLY BIRD COMBO 2

    2 WAYUU BACKPACK + WAYUU BRACELET. The backpack is handcrafted with soft leather and a handwoven textile made by Wayuu women in Colombia. Handwoven bracelet with Swarovski crystals.
    Best gift reward for your family, girlfriend or friends. Or simply because u love our bags.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $637

    EARLY BIRD SUPER COMBO 3

    3 WAYUU BACKPACK + WAYUU BRACELET

    Best reward for christmas gifts, for your family + girlfriend + friends.

    SOCIAL IMPACT: Give jobs to Wayuu women and preserve the finest crochet technique in the world.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,275

    COMBO 1 + WORKSHOP IN LONDON

    WAYUU BACKPACK + WAYUU CROSS BODY BAG + CRAFTSMANSHIP WORKSHOP.
    Learn how to weave wayuu bags and embroider handmade textiles with Swarovski crytals and beads. 4 hours workshop to explore your creativity with Daniela, learn best crocheted techniques and design patterns.
    You will need to be in London, no tickets or hotels included. Date: March 2017.

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    Pledge £3,000 or more About US$ 3,824

    COMBO 1 + TRIP TO COLOMBIA

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    Pledge £350 or more

    EARLY BIRD COMBO 1 + MEET THE WAYUU WOMEN. Visit La Guajira desert in February 2017, 3 days visit. Airlines Tickets not included. We will provide accommodation, food and tourist trip in the northern Colombia.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About US$ 6,373

    COMBO1+TRIP TO COLOMBIA + WORKSHOP

    Visit La Guajira desert in February 2017, 3 days visit. Airlines Tickets not included. We will provide accommodation, food and tourist trip in the northern Colombia.
    8 HOURS workshop in London or Colombia.
    WAYUU BACKPACK + WAYUU CROSS BODY BAG.

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Funding period

- (30 days)