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An Inside Look: José and María Antonia’s Leather Bag Factory

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Working with a small and transparent supply chain allows us to develop close relationships with our factory owners. It’s no surprise that the factories we partner with mirror our values of using their business as a force for good and we want to shed light on the incredible innovations and initiatives taken by our accessories factory in León, Mexico. 

The Story 

Location: León, MEXICO 
Number of employees: 55
Year established: 1989

José and wife, María Antonia, moved from Spain to Mexico (where he’s originally from) in 1989 to start a better life for their family. Making handbags in their kitchen, they invested $2000 USD to buy a leather-cutting table, a used sewing machine and a trip to L.A. to purchase sheepskin imported from Europe.

As the Co-owner, José's main responsibilities revolve around business management, from business development to client care. He's very social and loves hosting and sharing a glass of wine—or a shot of tequila—with friends and family!

With a degree in Industrial Design and after shadowing his mom, María Antonia, for years, Sebastián is now leading Product Development with the intent of taking over the family business when José retires.  In his spare time, you can find Sebastian on the tennis court. 

Today, their factory is recognized as the top handbag producer in Mexico and handcrafts all of our sustainably-made accessories, including the Poppy Barley cult-favourites like The Backpack, The Hobo Tote and The Co-Worker Tote

1000 Masks Donated to Hope Mission

A few weeks ago, José, María Antonia and Sebastián were quick to pivot their leather bag factory to produce masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Mexico. Since then, they’ve produced thousands of masks to protect factory workers in Mexico. We’ve partnered with them to supply 1000 non-medical grade masks that we’ll be donating to Hope Mission to protect some of our most vulnerable populations.

How can you support them? Shop our handcrafted accessories


A Bright Idea

Did you know that León, Mexico is one of the sunniest places in the world? In 2018, the family initiated installing solar panels on the roof of the factory. Now, their factory is solely run on solar energy and is a leading manufacturer in the country. 

To learn more about our factories and supply chain, click here.

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.



Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.