Sabrina Tach, a handbag designer from Uruguay, already has her own fashion label at age 27. She also happens to be the daughter of a children's clothing designer and retailer who served as her inspiration.
Here are some of Tach's beautiful, locally-sourced handbags from Latin America that recently caught my eye.
What I like about her bags is the quality of the leather, the rich colors, and the ethnic focus. As Tach explains: "The lack of good fabrics and supplies can be a big problem for designers here in Uruguay. However, leather and wool are our specialties."
The Inca Backpack below is a limited edition piece made from leather and handwoven fabric from Ecuadorean blankets that she got on her travels. Click on the photo and you can see what a great job she does incorporating these local elements into her designs.
Tach selects the leathers for each of her pieces herself and then starts the design process. I like that she sources most of her materials locally and that the bags are handmade by local leather crafters.
The multicolor bag below is made from Uruguayan leather .
Here's a photo of Tach getting a model ready for a photoshoot. She even designs the 'costumes' for these sessions!
There's also a nice interview with Sabrina Tach on Bottica, where you can find out more about her work and the quaint city of Montevideo, Uruguay where she's from.