24 Jun '13, 7pm

Crafted from different Amazon hardwoods, this gorgeous clutch is a triumph of workmanship and social responsibility

A Venezuelan-crafted minaudière, derived from different plantation-grown Amazon hardwoods, won the “Most Socially Responsible Handbag” at the Seventh Independent Handbag Designer Awards on Wednesday. Submitted by Maria Teresa Aristeguieta, who founded MTAbags to provide jobs to native communities, the skillfully wrought clutch is a triumph of artisanal workmanship—look Ma, no nails!—over cookie-cutter mass production. Plus, 50 percent of the company’s proceeds funds vocational training not only for villagers in the Amazon but also transients who live in slums surrounding the Venezuela capital of Caracas.

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