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LifestyleByCara

Custom Cowhide Rugs

Buenos Aires, Argentina · 210 Sales

LifestyleByCara

Custom Cowhide Rugs

Buenos Aires, Argentina 210 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Cara Welch

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Cara Welch

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About

An obsession with unlimited creativity in leather!

LIFESTYLE by Cara was found in the year 2009 by Cara Welch, an American that moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. As Argentina is famous for its beef, the amount of leather is in abundance and is considered the best leather in the world. Argentina is a culture that has always been accustomed to many products made of leather for their every day lifestyle. Cara worked for the company GUCCI for several years and already had a trained eye for nothing but the best leather. As well, she always was into art and anything that involved creativity and loved interior design and fashion. She started out by offering cowhide rugs and then slowly dove into cowhide patchwork rugs, leather chairs, and other home decor items made of leather. After spending time observing how other factories made the items, she eventually learned that she could do this all herself. She eventually opened her own small factory and gathered a very experienced and skilled team to put their heads together and create new things and twists to what she was always selling and is proud to say that everything that she offers is carefully analyzed and every single product is one of a kind. The fun part is that every day, the factory is producing something new as not one product is alike. She spends a lot of time in the tanneries to locate the best cowhides and leathers according to the colors in orders. From the design process with CAD, to the laser patterns, to the metal matrices, every single step is carefully thought out. And then comes the selecting of the leathers. As not one cow is alike, not one cowhide is alike. It is an artful process to select the hides to be used for each order. The chairs are all handmade to order and are made with a thick saddle leather. The leather selection process to choose each sheet of leather for the chair covers is also tricky as to find large pieces that do not have imperfections or scratches is very challenging and takes a lot of time passing through each sheet of leather amongst 300 + pieces of leather. Never a dull moment in this business and Cara loves every single moment of it. The longterm plan is to expand the selection of products to additional home decor products but every new development takes a lot time and careful analyzation.

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Shop members

  • Cara Welch

    Owner

    Cara is the founder and takes part in all roles of the business. From purchasing the leather, running the factory, selecting leathers for every order, designing, administration, website, marketing, and sales.

  • Liliana

    Assistant

    Liliana has been working for the last 25 years with leather and fabric and and is well capable of constructing anything with a sewing machine, from handbags to clothing to leather accessories. A natural for construction of materials.

  • Roxanna

    Assistant

    Roxanna is Cara's right hand in the factory and takes part in the entire process of prepping the leather to be sewn. She comes with many years of experience working in a leather shoe factory.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 26, 2016
Welcome to LIFESTYLE by Cara... "We Are Obsessed With Leather and Design!"

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
We can accept payment with credit card, debit card, PayPal, or US bank wire transfer. To pay with a credit card or debit card, registration is not required for PayPal nor do you need to open an account to complete payment process. It is super easy and fast!
Shipping
We ship worldwide! Once payment is confirmed, we place your order within our factory. As we do have many orders, your order will be put in line as received. As soon as your order is finished, we will ship it out and email you the tracking number. All boxes are sent from our factory here in Buenos Aires, Argentina via DHL or FedEx. As international shipping costs continue to increase, this is the most economical way to send international. All orders have a tracking number that you can track the entire movements.

As all of our products are handmade and made to order, your expected arrival time will be approximately between 4 - 6 weeks to arrive, with the exception for those otherwise stated in description.

All our products will be shipped to you directly from Argentina. Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility.Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering postal service company or when you pick the item up, do not confuse them for additional shipping charges.
Refunds and Exchanges
We will accept returns when contacted within 7 days upon receival of merchandise. We will only accept the return if the product is defective. Item must be returned back exactly how item was received. Buyer pays the return shipping. We will only refund the cost of the merchandise minus 20% for restocking fees. The original shipping cost paid will not be refunded back to buyer. We are more than happy to send replacement pieces. Please only purchase our items if you are a serious buyer. You will need to contact us first to receive confirmation of approval and then we will pass on return instructions.Item is to be shipped back to Argentina with a tracking number. We will make the refund via PayPal once we receive the item back. If you contact us after 7 days of receival, we will not honor a return. Money will be refunded only through PayPal.
Additional policies and FAQs
The photos on our website are sample photos of our products. As not one cow is alike, you will recieve your products very similiar to the color, pattern, and size as the photo.

Every order is a special, made-to-order product.