“I’ve always had a global outlook. Working with the most wonderful artisans from all over the world is completely natural for me.” Thus muses Christian Louboutin, who after the success of last year’s Africaba launches a new treasure tote, the “Mexicaba”, this time to support the vulnerable artisans in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. The result is an explosive, limited-edition handmade tote crafted from eye-popping handwoven cotton, vivid Mayan embroidery, exotic florals and bone beads, all elevated by Louboutin’s wit and artistic flair. “You only need to visit my house and see all the stuff I’ve brought back over the years to know I really love the diversity of Mexican design,” says Louboutin. “The heritage is so rich, from the indigenous side, to the arrival of the Spanish, to the mélange when these two come together. I love the embroideries, the colors, the pagan motifs of wild animal, and all the images of death, taken in such a light way that it isn’t scary anymore.” For this special undertaking, Louboutin has collaborated with the Taller Maya association, renowned for helping natives in the Yucatan Peninsula to preserve their unique crafting skills, heritage and artisanship. They are predominantly women who have inherited the expertise from their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers. Taller Maya offers safe and friendly workshops where the locals can work and gather, creating a sort of community that caters to the needs of motherhood and family life. Every Mexicaba sold will benefit Taller Maya and Mexican artisans, supporting these natives in providing for themselves while preserving their cultural heritage. “Even beyond the economic impact and positive social impact on more than 100 families, what everyone loves is the special energy. Working with Christian Louboutin’s team has opened our minds to new possibilities,” says Maria-Carola Diez, the director of Fundacion Haciendas del Mundo Maya/Taller Maya. In the wake of last year’s project to help vulnerable young mothers in Senegal, every Mexicaba is adorned with a little “poupette” bag charm, made by the Senegalese women, dressed in Paris and accessorized in Italy.

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