So I have been teasing you over social media about a really amazing project that I have been working on with one of my favorite new brands, Castellano Ethnic Origins. As most of you know already, one of my greatest inspirations for my looks and outfits comes from traveling, learning about new cultures and taking inspiration from the places that I go to, so to find a brand with such beautiful ethnic pieces like Castellano was incredibly special.
I met Daniela the founder of Castellano, in Sloane Square, where I got to see her beautiful collection of uniquely woven bracelets and bags prior to their release. I was immediately struck by the beauty of the pieces. The bright colors and the abstract patterning was ethnic, but each piece sparkled and shimmered in the light thanks to the hundreds of colored Swarovski crystals that had been added to them, a beautiful touch of luxury. I hadn’t quite seen anything else like it. Indeed no Chelsea hipster’s style has ever been the same since their release into the boutiques of King’s Road. Simply effortless way to achieve the bohemian chic look!
For me this is why Castellano is so special and why I am so proud that My Girls On Tour has been asked to work with them. Each beautiful bag and bracelet is one of a kind and each one has a story but Castellano is also unique in that they collaborate with the Indigenous Women’s Association and support the ethnic communities in Colombia who seek to preserve their weaving skills and cultural heritage. There are brands who take inspiration from Columbian patterns and designs and make cheap replica copies, but never do these large companies recognize the human faces behind the creations or patterns. Daniela though felt that this needed to change. Castellano’s aim is to help improve the living conditions of the traditional weavers, their families and the community, with an emphasis on clean water, electricity and education. With donations from every sale, Castellano support social projects in the community, and bring employment to the highly skilled weavers in the north of Colombia, enabling them to preserve their way of life and tell their story through the patterns and colors they weave, each mochila or bracelet unique in its own right.
The Tain bracelets have a beautiful gold coin at the clasp and come in three different models: The Wayuu, the Wayuu Chain and the Double Wayuu. The more I wore the better my outfit looked, so I chose the Double Wayuu and the Wayuu as my favourites. The Taratzu bag collection was so original and I loved the thick cross body strap. I chose the Tain which took 30-40 days to weave with just one strand of thread. Another one that caught my eye was the Wayuu Tote bag from the Isaschii collection. Carried in the city it would brighten up any everyday look, feel chic and authentic. It carries over the shoulder and would be perfect for my traveling adventures or for going to the beach with a luxury and hippie-chic feel! I particularly liked the bright blues, pinks and yellows of some of the bags which really brightened up the wintery London sky. What about you, which ones are your favorite?
So without further a due here are the pictures that we took of these wonderful fair trade creations, that I think would really add a touch of colour and ethnicity to create the perfect glamorous bohemian chic look. What do you think? 😉
If you want to see more of these stunning individual creations, they are now on sale as of today on www.castellanoethnicorigins.com Also don’t forget to show your support for such a worthwhile cause by giving Castellano a “Like” on Facebook and by Following them on Instagram and Twitter!
Tain Bracelets – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS
Wayuu Tot Bag – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS
Tarazu Luxury Mochilla Bag – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS
Ripped Customized Black Jeans – PRIMARK
Crimson Velvet Jacket – DOLCE & GABBANA
Blue Crepe Top – BERSHKA
Metal top slip-ons – STRADIVARIUS
Silver Ring Set – PRIMARK