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This Is The Right Way High-End Fashion Can Borrow From Other Cultures

Christian Louboutin worked with Mayan artisans to create his new Treasure Tote.

If you're not familiar with the name Christian Louboutin by now, a picture of his famous red bottom shoes will surely refresh your memory:

These are ~fancy schmancy~ and retail for $675 a pair.

The famous French designer used traditional Mexican weaving and embroidery techniques for his new Treasure Tote: MEXICABA.

Though the fashion industry is notorious for "borrowing" from other cultures without giving credit where credit is due, it was a nice surprise to see that Louboutin actually did it right.

He travelled to Mexico to work with Taller Maya, a studio brand that partners with artisans from the Yucatan Peninsula who create authentic pieces with historical cultural value.

Christian Louboutin shows off his new tote with artisans Landy, María, Martha, Anime, Alba, María, María, and Lidia.
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Christian Louboutin shows off his new tote with artisans Landy, María, Martha, Anime, Alba, María, María, and Lidia.

Taller Maya strives to preserve authentic craftsmanship and helps ensure the long-term economic stability of the artisans they work with.

Needless to say, Louboutin was impressed by the artisans' talent, and delighted to work with them.

“I've always had a global outlook. Working with the most wonderful artisans from all over the world is completely natural for me.” –Christian Louboutin
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“I've always had a global outlook. Working with the most wonderful artisans from all over the world is completely natural for me.” –Christian Louboutin

He's also donating 10% of profits from each MEXICABA sold to Taller Maya.

And at $1,490 a pop, 10% is actually not bad at all.
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And at $1,490 a pop, 10% is actually not bad at all.

If you're still not down with Louboutin, but you'd still like to support the culture, you can always just buy directly from the artisans.

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