Each of our travel bags are entirely unique and one-of-a-kind. Each bag contains a vintage huipil that was hand selected and purchased at the biggest market in Central America. Some of our vintage huipils are 60+ years old! They were once hand woven by indigenous women and the varying designs of the textiles are distinctive of the region the women lived in. Before repurposing them for our bags, they were a precious clothing item worn many times by one or more women in Central America.
STEP ONE - B U Y I N G
Our Founder, Taylor, travels to markets in Guatemala and hand selects the vintage huipils. Selecting the perfect huipils can be quite overwhelming as there are hundreds and hundreds to choose from at the market.
STEP TWO - E X T E R I O R C O N S T R U C T I O N
The selected huipils travel one hour to Otto. Otto works in his studio, which is attached to his home. He constructs the travel bags using full grain leather and turns the existing huipils into a textile for the exterior of the bag. Since Layne Collective is a zero-waste company, Otto repurposes all of the remaining scraps and turns them into something useful like a scrunchie, make-up bag or travel tag. This time around, Otto repurposed the leftover materials into our mini bags.
STEP THREE - I N T E R I O R C O N S T R U C T I O N
Once Otto has completed the construction of the bag, he uses some of our naturally dyed yellow fabric for the interior. Each travel bag cannot be re-made because it is impossible to find the exact textile again since each one is uniquely woven to begin with. Not only are our bags made with genuine love, but each bag contains its own individual story and history.