Viva Zapata Bags Clothing and More

Brooklyn, New York · 26 Sales


Viva Zapata Bags Clothing and More

Brooklyn, New York 26 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Tania Carol Lugones

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RoxyRagamuffin on Nov 13, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

I went to a Dr appointment in Texas and a woman came up to me and said, "Is that a Viva Zapata Bag?? I LOVE it! It's on my wish list!!" :) It is the perfect size too. I traveled with it as my carry on for a recent trip and it held my clutch, kindle, sunglasses and various travel goodies and fit neatly under my seat! What a great bag!! Thank you for getting it to me so quickly, too!

Anonymous on Aug 1, 2012

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Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for the prompt shipping - I received my bag last Monday. I LOVE it - it's very unique and made very well!


The Viva Zapata Manifesto

…Viva Zapata! was born on the Boreal Fall of 2004, although its history can be traced back to an Austral Spring on the threshold of the millennium.
…Viva Zapata! doesn’t feel at home in only one place but anywhere: in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, in the center or in the periphery, in a populated city of ten million people or in a small Patagonic town of several thousand.

Viva Zapata! is art and artifice.
• Because it believes in inspiration, interpretation, and artistic sampling, as well as in creation and recycling, in inventiveness and boldness.
• Because the final product ends up being completely different from the original idea: many hours of work, brainstorming, endless winters and thousands of miles in between.

Viva Zapata! is a collective creation, hand crafted and limited.
• Because in Viva Zapata! many brains conspire and everyone pitches in.
• Because Viva Zapata! believes in the dignity of work, and elbows its way amidst the big corporate clones and the sweatshops.
• Because Viva Zapata!’s small scale reproduction leaves a margin to invent and reinvent, to cut it up and try it out, to see what comes of it.

That’s why each bag, each piece of clothing, each accessory is only identical to itself, an individual within a species, one part of a larger whole.

• Because the humanity of each piece is rooted in a collective project whose participants refuse to be anonymous.

Tania lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is Viva Zapata!’s founder, owner, designer and handcrafter. She puts her mind and heart into coming up with the shapes and colors that make each collection so unique. Whatever fabric colors are left over in the market after public transportation companies meet their needs for upholstering the seats in their buses, Tania carefully picks and combines. This challenge makes it so that ultimately her designs continue to be intricately connected to the colorful buses that gave her inspiration since she first dreamt about this company. She is intimately involved in shepherding each bag from the design table to the upholstery selection to the storefront. Tania is also a co-founder of the jewelry company CaraCruz Brooklyn, launched in 2013.

There are two providers in Buenos Aires that supply the materials for upholstering the seats of city buses. Tania would like to thank Florencia and Marta, from Beplast S.A., and Gabriel, from Celin Automotor S.A., for working so hard in making these materials available to Viva Zapata! every time a new collection goes into manufacturing.

Darío and José are the extraordinary tailors who make these bags impeccable and indestructible. For more than ten years, these young fellows have been working out of their small shop in Villa Domínico, in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, and have come to master the art of bag making. Because they use low-tech sewing machines, their own hands get to be involved in the process of meticulously cutting, tacking, sewing and controlling the quality of each of these bags. For a good part of the year, Tania works closely with them, hands-on at the Villa Domínico shop, to ensure that her designs are well interpreted and executed. We are proud to say that Darío and José work exclusively for Viva Zapata! and we love them for their artistry and commitment.

In memoriam: El Cordobés, Tania’s dad, was a metal smith and button maker in San Julián, Patagonia. He put his art into making beautiful accessories, witnessing the beginnings and first achievements of the company. He would surely be proud of Viva Zapata!’s latest accomplishments.

Viva Zapata! suggests outbursts of originality and invites you to break the rules.
Viva Zapata! believes that explanations have to be provided, but sometimes the only answer is “just because”.

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    Tania lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is Viva Zapata!’s founder, owner, designer and handcrafter. She puts her mind and heart into coming up with the shapes and colors that make each collection so unique.

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Last updated on July 7, 2013
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If you are interested in returning an(y) item(s), please e-mail us to let us know. We will accept items for exchange or store credit within 30 days of purchase. Item(s) must be returned in new and resalable condition. Sale items are non-returnable. If new item(s) has(ve) less value than the original item(s), we will send you a store credit via e-mail. If new item(s) has(ve) a greater value than the original item(s), the difference can be paid to Please note that we cannot refund shipping charges on returned items.
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We will repair parts at no charge, or replace the product if needed, for up to one year from date of purchase. After the year, there will be a charge for repairs. The fee will be determined by the nature of the work involved, and the materials.
Your item(s) will be shipped within three business days after payment is received. (Weekends and US holidays are not included in shipping times). Your order will be well packaged in a sturdy box. We are not responsible for packages in the unlikely event they are lost or damaged in the mail, although we will do our best to help resolve any problems. Please make sure your address is accurate and free of errors.
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Your item(s) will often arrive within 1 to 2 weeks after being sent. However, in some cases it is possible your order may take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive. Please be aware that orders shipped outside of the US may be subject to additional customs fees. Customers are responsible for any additional charges imposed by the destination country.
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