Catrinka is artisanal luxury – indigenous textiles, made with love and soul, celebrated in handbags and small accessories that have a big impact in the lives of women and girls.
How and when did you start your brand?
"I started Catrinka in 2013. I was inspired by my grandmother, a weaver, to use my love for textiles and my experience working in international development on 5 continents, to create unique handbags that provide financial empowerment opportunities for women and girls in emerging markets."
Your dream for the future is…
"That every woman and girl gets to choose her own future."
What would you like to change in the world?
"To end the discrimination, violence and oppression of women and girls, especially those from indigenous cultures."
"I made a commitment that every part of the business would be focused on financially empowering women & girls - opening doors and creating choices for them, so that they can have control over their own lives. I believe in woman, in our capacity to hustle harder than anyone else, in the extraordinary skills we learn from our mothers and grandmothers, in our dedication to making a better life for our families and children.
Our designs marry indigenous textiles from Mexico and India with locally sourced fine leather and materials. I work directly with women artisans to create our textiles, and with women in two small production workshops to handcraft our bags. We celebrate women's work - because like you we know that the future is female, and investing in women and girls is what will change the world. We design and make durable, hand crafted products with a soul, and a story, for women like you who get empowered by empowering other women and girls. The company is named after my daughter, who was 5 when we launched. We hope our mission speaks to anyone who knows a girl or woman of any age and wants to make her dreams come true."
Megan Reilly Cayten - Catrinka Founder
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