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These are just some of the many beautiful leather handbags you will find at the National Geographic Shop and the Novica Andes Shop. Click to see all their New Arrivals. On the Novica website you can meet the artists and families who make each and every product featured on the site. You’ll know, the moment that you make a purchase, whose life you are helping to change. That’s why I chose to offer products from National Geographic and Novica on my site.

In addition, your purchase will benefit Bolivia directly as I have pledged to donate a percentage of all sales to the Association of Washingtonians for Needy Bolivian Children (wanides.org), a non-profit organization that raises funds to help children in Bolivia. Thank you! Bella.


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Bolivian Aguayo Handbag

Bolivian Aguayo Handbag

Woven textiles called mantas or aguayos are an essential craft among the indigenous Aymara and Quechua people of the Andes.


Bolivian Textile and Leather Bag

Bolivian Textile and Leather Bag

Leather artisans combine strips of handwoven aguayos and dark brown leather to create a soft handbag.


Bolivian Tooled Leather Bag

Bolivian Tooled Leather Bag

Craftspeople in Bolivia create this handsome tooled leather bag.


Bolivian Leather and Aguayo Bag

Bolivian Leather and Aguayo Bag

Rich leather with subtle braided accents and aguayo weaving.


La Paz Leather Travel Tote

La Paz Leather Travel Tote

This handsome travel tote combines extremely soft leather with a subtle handwoven tapestry stripe.


Handcrafted Paraguayan Leather Tote

Handcrafted Paraguayan Leather Tote

Hand-tooled by Paraguayan artisans from the Chaco region.


Bolivian Manta and Leather Backpack

Bolivian Manta and Leather Backpack

Bolivian wool textiles paired with rustic leather.


Bolivian Tapestry Suede Tote

Bolivian Tapestry Suede Tote

Handmade in Bolivia from vintage woolen textiles.


Bolivian Suede Travel Bag

Bolivian Suede Travel Bag

Embossed with a traditional Andean design.


Paraguayan Passport Bag

Paraguayan Passport Bag

This slim passport bag keeps your most important items close.


Bolivan Manta Tapestry Briefcase

Bolivan Manta Tapestry Briefcase

Preserve a piece of South American textile history.


National Geographic Bolivian Leather Travel Briefcase

National Geographic Bolivian Leather Travel Briefcase

An essential piece of travel luggage.


Suede and Woven Manta Tote

Suede and Woven Manta Tote

Preserve a piece of South American textile history.


Bolivian Suede Cinch Bag

Bolivian Suede Cinch Bag

Artisans in the Bolivian villages combine leatherwork and textile arts to create this suede bag.


Paraguayan Leather Travel Tote

Paraguayan Leather Travel Tote

Natural vegetable-tanned leather in an everyday-sized tote.




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Leather messenger bag, 'Arequipa Traveler' (Peru)

Leather messenger bag, 'Arequipa Traveler' (Peru)

By Karina and Maybee, this handsome handbag is crafted of supple brown leather. An outer pocket closes with a flap and a second pocket zips closed. With its adjustable shoulder strap, the bag features a golden medallion.


Weathered leather handbag, 'Honey Sierra' (Mexico)

Weathered leather handbag, 'Honey Sierra' (Mexico)

Ricardo Hinojosa transforms weathered leather into a handbag of stylish elegance, ideal for work too. Two front pockets are designed to keep keys handy and the ample interior has multiple compartments. It is fully lined and features a long pocket down the middle, as well as two compartments on one side designed for cell phone, iPod, etc. A pocket with zipper closure on the other side can be used for lipstick, a mirror, or other. The bag and two front pockets close with a magnetic button and features Zamac fixtures with an aged appearance.


Leather shoulder bag, 'Urban Legend' (Mexico)

Leather shoulder bag, 'Urban Legend' (Mexico)

Mexico's Ricardo Hinojosa conjures wild elegance with the design of this sling shoulder bag. It is tooled of fine black leather and features three lined compartments, the middle one with a zipper closure. The bag has two pockets, one on each side of the main compartment.


Leather messenger bag, 'Free Spirit' (Mexico)

Leather messenger bag, 'Free Spirit' (Mexico)

This outstanding leather messenger bag is handmade by Ricardo Hinojosa in Mexico. Handsome and practical, Hinojosa's design features business card slots, two pencil holders, cell pocket, accordion file holder, and a main compartment that may be used as a laptop case with the addition of a protective sleeve (not included). Included are a detachable leather shoulder strap, a carrying handle, and adjustable backpack straps that can be detached when not in use.


Leather backpack, 'Weathered in Honey Brown' (Mexico)

Leather backpack, 'Weathered in Honey Brown' (Mexico)

Honey brown leather gains a weathered finish under Ricardo Hinojosa's artistic guidance. He designs a versatile backpack featuring a pocket in its ample interior, and three more outside that close with iron buckles. A fourth pocket is placed at the back, underneath the leather straps.


Leather shoulder bag, 'Paracas Princess' (Peru)

Leather shoulder bag, 'Paracas Princess' (Peru)

Designed by Gisella Celis, this handsome handbag comes to life in richly embossed leather. Long ties evoke fringe and bring a casual chic to the purse. Inside, two open pouches and a zipper pocket keep small items organized.


Leather tote handbag, 'Comalapa Art' (Guatemala)

Leather tote handbag, 'Comalapa Art' (Guatemala)

"San Juan Comalapa is renowned for its colorful artistic expressions � even the streets are named after all the famous artists born there," explains Alfonso Velasquez. "Their weaves are especially beautiful, and they are mainly done on the pedal loom." Velasquez showcases the lilac and white brocade in a brown leather tote bag of magnificent beauty. The interior is lined in black and features a zipper pocket.


Leather backpack, 'The Highroad' (Mexico)

Leather backpack, 'The Highroad' (Mexico)

Ricardo Hinojosa strikes the perfect balance between elegance and rugged chic in the design of this backpack. Tooled of quality leather, the backpack is treated to a special finish to achieve a weathered appearance. The backpack is lined and features a small pocket, as well as two more on the exterior.


Leather handbag, 'Chic Chocolate' (Peru)

Leather handbag, 'Chic Chocolate' (Peru)

Chic in chocolate brown, this handbag makes for a unique accessory. It is designed by Rosario Pazel and tooled of quality leather. The bag's ample interior is lined and features a practical pocket.


Leather shoulder bag, 'Hip Chic in Brown' (Mexico)

Leather shoulder bag, 'Hip Chic in Brown' (Mexico)

Eduardo Alcal� designs a fascinating shoulder bag featuring hypnotic tiles expertly tooled in leather. The dark brown bag features a small pocket inside that closes with a zipper, while the main bag features a magnetic button. The lean shoulder straps depart from glistening iron hoops. Please note color and size may differ due to the natural origin of the materials used in the crafting of this bag.


Leather tablet case, 'Honey Cyberspace' (Mexico)

Leather tablet case, 'Honey Cyberspace' (Mexico)

Mexico's Ricardo Hinojosa designs a trendy case for a tablet with a long adjustable strap. The versatile case is crafted of quality leather in a honeyed tone where the pocket for the tablet features a gabardine lining. There is an open pocket on the back, and another on the front with a flap and magnetic button clasp. Featuring Zamac fixtures, the strap can be removed.


Leather clutch handbag, 'Beige Temptation' (Peru)

Leather clutch handbag, 'Beige Temptation' (Peru)

Serpent skin motifs cover a tempting clutch handbag with rich beige beauty. Designed by Gisella Celis, this fold-over purse is trimmed in white and adorned with a jaunty tassel. Fully lined, it features a zipper pocket and cell phone pouch inside.


Leather tote handbag, 'Tropical Trends' (Peru)

Leather tote handbag, 'Tropical Trends' (Peru)

Tall and chic, this patent leather handbag features richly embossed textures. Gisella Celis selects tones of beige and tan for the elongated tote. Fully lined, it opens to reveal two open pouches and a zipper pocket.


Leather messenger bag, 'Boho Chic' (Brazil)

Leather messenger bag, 'Boho Chic' (Brazil)

Brazil's Walter Vidinha blends Boho chic with today's trends in the design of this stylish messenger bag. The bag is crafted of supple leather, dispensing with a fabric lining. There is a zipper pocket inside. The sleek shoulder strap can be adjusted to the desired length, and the bag also has a handle.


Leather backpack, 'Liquorice' (Mexico)

Leather backpack, 'Liquorice' (Mexico)

Mexican designer Ricardo Hinojosa strikes the perfect balance between elegance and casual chic with this backpack bag. Tooled of quality leather, it is lined and features internal as well as external pockets.


Leather hobo handbag, 'Crimson Carnation' (Peru)

Leather hobo handbag, 'Crimson Carnation' (Peru)

Bright as a red carnation, this hobo purse is a creation of Peru's Arturo Mart�nez. It is softly shirred and includes a detachable shoulder strap for versatility and comfort. It is fully lined, and a convenient inner pocket zips closed.


Leather tote handbag, 'Cajamarca Contempo' (Peru)

Leather tote handbag, 'Cajamarca Contempo' (Peru)

Compact and contemporary, this handbag radiates an earthen chic. Gisella Celis combines sleek brown leather with the natural tones of bull horn to create a stunning purse. Of timeless elegance, the bag opens to reveal an inner pocket that zips closed.


Leather shoulder bag, 'Miraflores Dots' (Peru)

Leather shoulder bag, 'Miraflores Dots' (Peru)

An original design by Rosario Pazel, this chic handbag features smooth polka dots on an embossed leather background. Inside, a zipper pocket and two open pouches keeps smaller items handy.


Leather shoulder bag, 'Crazy Summer' (Mexico)

Leather shoulder bag, 'Crazy Summer' (Mexico)

Ricardo Hinojosa exalts weathered chic with the trendy design of this shoulder bag. It is tooled of quality leather featuring a pocket on the front, an adjustable shoulder strap and brass lobster clasp. The gabardine lining includes one zipper pocket as well as two compartments. The leather shoulder strap is adjustable. Due to the tanning process, color and texture can vary slightly.


Leather handbag, 'Starry Night' (Brazil)

Leather handbag, 'Starry Night' (Brazil)

Whip stitching defines spirals that spin like galaxies in the deep black night. Beautiful and modern, this exceptional handbag is the work of artisans from the M�os da Prata Association. Vertical bands carry the line of the strap to the base of the bag. Inside, a zipper pocket keeps small things handy while a separate pouch is designed to hold a cell phone. Keys can be hung from a metal hook beside the cell phone pocket.


Leather briefcase, 'Executive Elegance' (Mexico)

Leather briefcase, 'Executive Elegance' (Mexico)

Ricardo Hinojosa designs a briefcase that is filled with executive elegance. Tooled of fine leather, the briefcase is lined and is divided into two compartments, the frontal one designed to hold cards, small documents, and pens. The lean shoulder strap is removable and can be adjusted to the desired length.


Leather handbag, 'Modern Contrasts' (Peru)

Leather handbag, 'Modern Contrasts' (Peru)

This elegant spacious handbag makes for the perfect accessory. The design is by Arturo Martinez who crafts the bag of soft leather. Lined on the inside, the game of contrasts between black and light brown render it beautiful.


Leather shoulder bag, 'Miraflores Chic' (Peru)

Leather shoulder bag, 'Miraflores Chic' (Peru)

An original design by Rosario Pazel, this handbag features smooth brown leather in a chic and modern purse. Inside, a zipper pocket keeps smaller items handy.


Men's leather messenger bag, 'Coban Voyage' (Guatemala)

Men's leather messenger bag, 'Coban Voyage' (Guatemala)

Laura del Carmen Contreras designs a messenger bag of stylish elegance. It is sewn of soft brown suede and decorated with a faux serpent print in leather. The bag is lined with jute and has an inner zipper pocket. Closing with a magnetic button, a brass buckle adjusts the length on the bag's shoulder strap.


Leather baguette handbag, 'Lady of Lima' (Peru)

Leather baguette handbag, 'Lady of Lima' (Peru)

Compact yet roomy, this handsome handbag is designed by Rosario Pazel. The honey brown leather is engraved to emulate ostrich skin and an outer pocket runs the length of the purse. Inside, a zipper pocket keeps small items at hand.


Leather shoulder bag, 'Icy Elegance' (Brazil)

Leather shoulder bag, 'Icy Elegance' (Brazil)

Rog�rio Souza selects fine leather in an icy gray for this design. The tall, trendy tote features vertical topstitching for a fascinating texture. Golden rings open to release a tasseled keychain, which can be removed. Inside, an open pocket, a zipper pocket and a cell phone pouch add to its convenience.


Leather handbag, 'Functional Chic' (Brazil)

Leather handbag, 'Functional Chic' (Brazil)

Combining beauty with practicality, Rog�rio Souza presents a generous handbag in supple brown leather. The handsome trim emulates snakeskin, and the purse features a total of seven compartments to keep things organized. Two outer pockets boast zippers and a third snaps closed. At the base of the purse, a third zipper pocket runs the length of the bag and a fourth outer pocket snaps closed. Inside, a cell phone pouch and open pocket find a complement in a zipper pocket.


Leather and wool hobo shoulder bag, 'Cajamarca Sunset' (Peru)

Leather and wool hobo shoulder bag, 'Cajamarca Sunset' (Peru)

Warm sunset hues color the Cajamarca weave on this extraordinary shoulder bag by Arturo Martinez. Tooled of fine brown leather, it shapes a window around the hand-loomed panel to create an admirable illusion. The fully lined interior features a double pocket, ideal for keeping keys and cel easy to reach.




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