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One of a kind handbags and footwear handmade with genuine leather and suede, infused with Colombian style.
One of a kind handbags and footwear handmade with genuine leather and suede, infused with Colombian style.
205 backers pledged $21,396 to help bring this project to life.

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Mamahuhu Colombia is a women's fashion brand producing high quality leather shoes and bags. Our small, international team is spread between the United States and Colombia, such that we are able to work directly with the artisans in order to bring you the best product possible at a fair price.

We've had a great year - building relationships with the artisans, establishing the brand in Colombia, and making products that we’re truly proud of. From the beginning, we've wanted to make Mamahuhu Colombia available in the U.S. and around the world. Now it’s time to make that a reality.

University Handbag (Lime & Lemon) and Colorines (Green) - a Kickstarter exclusive!
University Handbag (Lime & Lemon) and Colorines (Green) - a Kickstarter exclusive!

With your pledge:

  • You’ll help us to complete our 2013 Collection (more designs & colors)
  • We'll be able to keep over 15 highly skilled artisans employed
  • You’ll receive a stylish Mamahuhu product at a discounted presale price!

Shipping any product directly from Colombia is prohibitively expensive, to the extent that we've had to turn down many orders. To better serve our American and international customers, we need to set up a fulfillment center in Miami, Florida.

The money raised through this project will go towards the completion of our 2013 collection. Successfully funded, we’ll be able to finish our first production run, ship in bulk to Miami, and open our online store shortly after we ship our Kickstarter backers’ rewards.

A Colombian coffee maker admires the Mamahuhu Oxford (Cafe Brown)
A Colombian coffee maker admires the Mamahuhu Oxford (Cafe Brown)

A core team of three young entrepreneurs (one Colombian, one Spaniard, and one American):

  • Carolina Rodriguez: Co-founder, Lead Designer
  • Luis Moreno: Co-founder, Operations
  • Jack Dorney: Webmaster, Sales and Marketing

The three of us met in a coffee shop in Shanghai, China. After studying the footwear manufacturing industry in Asia, we sought an alternative to the factory/sweatshop setting and the opportunity to exercise complete control over the entire process - from design to material selection to production - to ensure superior quality. We found precisely that in Bogotá, Colombia.

Carolina models the new Kenya boots (Sienna Brown)
Carolina models the new Kenya boots (Sienna Brown)

For your pledge, you'll be rewarded with a selection from the upcoming 2013 collection. The colors and designs that are available to Kickstarter backers (including the exclusive Kickstarter Green Colorines) are shown below, with plans to expand the line based on the success of this project. Want to see more photos? Check out our website!

And introducing the Urbana backpack, with a limited number available to those who pledge $130 or more:

You may notice that some of the products shown above differ slightly from what's seen in the video or on our website. We've recently made significant improvements to the University Handbag and Kenya boots. The graphic above is reflective of the rewards that you will receive as a backer.

How To Support Mamahuhu Colombia

Thank you for choosing to make our project a reality! On the upper right hand side of our project page, there are several different pledge tiers and a green button to Back This Project. Match your pledge to your desired reward, and follow the instructions to become a project backer (you'll need a Kickstarter and Amazon account). Immediately following the conclusion of our successful campaign, we will request your shipping address and your size/color preferences.

A collage of behind-the-scenes photos. Click here to see more about our workshop!
A collage of behind-the-scenes photos. Click here to see more about our workshop!
Photos of the 2013 collection from Carolina's Lookbook
Photos of the 2013 collection from Carolina's Lookbook

If you like what we're doing, please consider backing us and telling your friends and family about this project. Thanks so much for your support!

Risks and challenges

Fashion is an inherently difficult business, and the burdens to delivering a quality product in a timely manner are numerous. Designing, sourcing, manufacturing, exporting - all of these activities require sufficient knowledge and experience to overcome.

Though this project represents our biggest challenge to date, we are well-equipped to deal with the risks involved. We have already dealt with the common problems that have plagued similar projects - material or labor shortage, legal issues in exporting/importing - and have taken such opportunity to revise and even better our products as a result. Our organizational structure, with management spread between the U.S. and Colombia, allows us to deal with sourcing or manufacturing problems directly, without the need of an intermediary.

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FAQ

  • For this Kickstarter project, the following sizes are available:

    U.S.: Women's size 4 through 11.5
    European: Women's size 35 through 42

    We will collect this information (as well as your color/design preference and shipping address) at the conclusion of the project.

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  • With the successful funding of this Kickstarter project, we'll be able to open our online store to presales, which is how you will be able to purchase our other products that are not available as backer rewards. Let us know which products you like, though - if there's enough interest, we may be able to expand our rewards to make them available!

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  • The University Handbag is made with genuine Colombian suede and woven hammock fabric. It's dimensions are 22cm x 32cm x 12cm.

    An 11" MacBook or an iPad fits well, with room for a small book and wallet.

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  • The three of us met in Shanghai, China while we were students, and mamahuhu became one of our favorite Mandarin words.

    Though the colloquial meaning is contrary to the quality we pursue, a more literal interpretation is 'one half this, one half that,' which we think applies perfectly to our blend of European and Colombian style. It's also fun, memorable, and easy to say/spell in any language.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    For your support, we'll send you a leather/suede keyring crafted from materials remaining in the workshop after producing our bags and shoes. Yay sustainability!

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    One Limited Edition Mamahuhu iPhone sleeve - show your support and keep your device safe!

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    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    The sophisticated 11" LEATHER CLUTCH in one of four colors.

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    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    Your choice:
    A pair of suede COLORINES in one of ten exciting colors.
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    A pair of OXFORDS in one of our three classic colors.

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    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    The stylish and functional UNIVERSITY HANDBAG, made with genuine Colombian leather. Choose your favorite design from our selection.

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    Pledge $95 or more About $95

    Mamahuhu FLATS. Handmade with high quality nobuck leather, with a stylish strap and buckle along the back. Choose from three colors.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    The elegant TEA TIME heels, in your choice of color; Jet Black, Stormy Grey, or Red Wine.

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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    You'll receive the amazing, handmade KENYA boots for your pledge.

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    Pledge $130 or more About $130

    The URBANA backpack. As comfortable to wear as it is stylish. Handmade in Colombia.
    Dimensions: 35 cm x 28 cm x 11 cm
    Available in Sky Blue, Smoky Grey, Dark Brown and Vanilla.

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    Pledge $145 or more About $145

    Get a good deal with Popular Combo #1: A pair of COLORINES/OXFORDS and a 11" LEATHER CLUTCH.

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    Pledge $155 or more About $155

    Double your fun with Popular Combo #4: One pair of COLORINES/OXFORDS, and ANOTHER pair of COLORINES or OXFORDS!

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    Pledge $180 or more About $180

    Holiday Pack - Spice up your holidays with Colombian style! Includes one pair of COLORINES and one UNIVERSITY HANDBAG (your choice of color and design), and a select assortment of special, handcrafted Colombian gifts and decorations. ¡Felices Fiestas!

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    Pledge $190 or more About $190

    Get a great deal with Popular Combo #2: A pair of COLORINES/OXFORDS and a pair of KENYA boots.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Get a great deal with Popular Combo #3: A pair of KENYA boots and a UNIVERSITY HANDBAG.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Sorority Pack - 5 pairs of COLORINES, custom made in a color of your choice and branded with your Greek letters (or custom design).

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Dinner with the Mamahuhu team in Miami. We'll pick up the check, and you'll pick one of anything from the stock YOU helped to fund!

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    Pledge $2,200 or more About $2,200

    Join us in Bogota, Colombia for an all-inclusive 3-day vacation! Meet the founders of Mamahuhu Colombia and the artisans who make it happen. Craft your own pair of shoes in our workshop! Round-trip airfare included from NYC, L.A., or Miami.

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    Pledge $3,500 or more About $3,500

    Enjoy an all-inclusive 3-day trip through Bogota, Colombia for TWO! Meet the founders of Mamahuhu Colombia and the artisans who make it happen. Craft your own pair of shoes in our workshop! Round-trip airfare included from NYC, L.A., or Miami.

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