EthnicLanna's Profile

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We are a Fair Trade company crafting and distributing Ethnic-style handbags, apparel and accessories across the globe. Our unique artisanal brand appreciates the past while designing for the future.

We produce collections that are inspired by tribal fashion, as well as vintage collections comprised of authentic fabrics from various hill tribes throughout Southeast Asia, including The Hmong, Karen, and Aka communities. Sourcing materials from the hill tribes comes from our passion for collaborating with these beautiful people, and preserving their ancestral techniques and designs.

Today, Thai Handbags has more than 50 employees. Among us: artisans, designers and technicians who consider traditional handicraft to be synonymous with Thai Handbags. All of this incredible work began with our founder, Carlos Mantilla, whose…

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  • Born on July 4
  • Joined July 14, 2011

Favorite materials

Cotton Hemp Batik Cross stitch Hilltribes Traditional Fabrics Pompoms Tassels Beads Bells Coins Embroidery Rayon and again Cotton

About

We are a Fair Trade company crafting and distributing Ethnic-style handbags, apparel and accessories across the globe. Our unique artisanal brand appreciates the past while designing for the future.

We produce collections that are inspired by tribal fashion, as well as vintage collections comprised of authentic fabrics from various hill tribes throughout Southeast Asia, including The Hmong, Karen, and Aka communities. Sourcing materials from the hill tribes comes from our passion for collaborating with these beautiful people, and preserving their ancestral techniques and designs.

Today, Thai Handbags has more than 50 employees. Among us: artisans, designers and technicians who consider traditional handicraft to be synonymous with Thai Handbags. All of this incredible work began with our founder, Carlos Mantilla, whose Peruvian-Mexican origins have caused him to maintain an authentic relationship with ethnic art and magical places such as Cuzco in Peru, Chiapas in Mexico, Fez in Morocco, Bali in Indonesia and Chiang Mai in Thailand.

In 2009, Carlos began a fateful friendship with Wichai, an artisan from the Hmong hill tribe in Northern Thailand. As their friendship flourished, Carlos began trading handmade goods with Wichai’s expert advice. Traveling to the US, China and Laos exploring the traditional textiles of each region, Carlos and Wichai have formed an inseparable and successful partnership. Wichai, who embodies the tradition and culture we are working to preserve, is Ethnic Lanna’s most popular artisan to date.

After a few years of rapid success, we added partner Tomi Makela from Finland to our team in 2012; His true Scandinavian spirit brought Quality Control and Steadfast Delivery into our core mission. In 2013 a new member of the management team, Lewis Anderson from the U.S., was brought on for his creative and confident approach to managing our online presence.

The Ethnic Lanna Workshop (WEL) is comprised of a team of more than 15 women designing and manufacturing the gorgeous handbags we sell on our wholesale and retail sites.

The global nature of our company is what drives our success, and allows us to continue the conservation and elevation of ethnic cultures with centuries of history, through the worldwide sales of our authentic Fair Trade fashion.

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