ElGatoMontes

Gato Montes Internet Bazaar

San Diego, California

Announcement    At Gato Montes, we create unique handcrafted wearable art predominantly in the medium of leather, with some metal and stonework. Each piece we create is completely handmade and has a story, beginning with painstaking design work, stone selection, material acquisition, and the actual creation of each piece. We are sticklers for quality and sustainability. All of our leather is sourced from free-range cows. We also try and buy as much up-cycled leather as possible, constantly scouring various upholstery shops, visiting up-cycle stores as well as forming connections with shoemakers in order to purchase their scraps. . Our workshops are, as a rule, free of plastics.
Everything is handmade in small batches. There are a lot of variations in what we make in leather color and stones. When ordering please let us know if you'd like to receive your item exactly like the photo, or if you'd like to change the leather(s) and/or the stone(s). You can also head to our Instagram and for different color scheme ideas. www.instagram.com/El.Gato.Montes @el.gato.montes Feel free to message us with any questions you may have and thank you for visiting our Etsy!

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 14, 2021

At Gato Montes, we create unique handcrafted wearable art predominantly in the medium of leather, with some metal and stonework. Each piece we create is completely handmade and has a story, beginning with painstaking design work, stone selection, material acquisition, and the actual creation of each piece. We are sticklers for quality and sustainability. All of our leather is sourced from free-range cows. We also try and buy as much up-cycled leather as possible, constantly scouring various upholstery shops, visiting up-cycle stores as well as forming connections with shoemakers in order to purchase their scraps. . Our workshops are, as a rule, free of plastics.
Everything is handmade in small batches. There are a lot of variations in what we make in leather color and stones. When ordering please let us know if you'd like to receive your item exactly like the photo, or if you'd like to change the leather(s) and/or the stone(s). You can also head to our Instagram and for different color scheme ideas. www.instagram.com/El.Gato.Montes @el.gato.montes Feel free to message us with any questions you may have and thank you for visiting our Etsy!

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About ElGatoMontes

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The Work

Gato Montes is a collective consortium of sun darkened artists and dreamers, well worn boots accustomed to the long miles of travel and life on the road. We are a representation and homage to the international movement of Artesanos, wandering the fog capped peaks of discovery, exploration and creation. We are passionate makers of handcrafted goods in predominantly leather, but also silver and stone. We as a collective seek to end the mass consumerism of the global marketplace by creating beautiful, ancestral works that are built to last into the next generation. It is our sincere desire to spread the techniques of our trade and open dialogue as often as possible around social justice and intersectionality in our daily lives as individuals as well as while at festivals. We got our start years ago, riding bicycles through Latin America, hitch hiking in the Himalayas, living on the beach and partaking in the beautiful experience that is to learn to make things and sell them to put food in your mouth! Life is meant to be enjoyed and shared in community, which is perhaps the most integral aspect of our personhood, we are seekers of community, community in our trades, community in our art, community in our daily lives. It is in this way that we are able to forge together our passions of art and social justice into a viable lifestyle that not only sustains us, but also helps create the change we strive to be.

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  • Santiago El Gato Montes

    Owner, Creator, Underwater Basket Weaver

    My zen comes from movement and creation; using my hands, jumping continents, being really caffeinated. Years of traveling and creating art have influenced my style as well as introduced me to a consortium of crafty allies. I hope you enjoy our work!

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Last updated on Jan 14, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

You can choose the leathers and stones in any piece that you buy from us for over $200
you can also go to our Instagram for more examples and photos of different stone/leather combos
www.instagram.com/el.gato.montes
@el.gato.montes

for more information and see full list of leather color and stone options check out our direct website link.
https://elgatomontes.com/custom/

Sizing details

How do your boots fit?
The Fit:
These shoes are handmade, that means that in the beginning the leather will be a little stiff, and possibly tight on the sides of your foot, this is a good thing! Within a week or so of wearing these boots, the leather is going to meld to the shape of your foot. You want it to be a little snug in the beginning so that it can wear in just right. The wear in period on these isn't very long either, a week of everyday wear will have them hugging your feet like your favorite pair of beat-up boots.
Half Sizes:
We have essentially made these boots to be half size-inclusive, what does that mean? So we designed our soles to be cut to median sizes that have the ability to accommodate both even sizes and half sizes

Can I see photos of all your stones so I can pick one?

We work with a lot of stones and keep many on hand at any given time
We do not offer photos of our current stock, instead, we guarantee a quality stone with a certain amount of natural variance
If you would like a certain variant within a stone category, for instance, blue toned labradorite, we will try and accommodate you as much as possible, however, we do not guarantee that we will be able to fulfill your request, nor will we send you photos of different options.

I have some really cool ideas can we collaborate?

We are currently experiencing a high production demand and are mostly unable to do other projects

We occasionally find time and availability, however it is rare.