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Upcycled denim backpacks now available at Concalma The Store and

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We are super excited to announce our NEW collection of backpacks now available at Concalma the store and They are made from upcycled denim from THE NEW DENIM PROJECT by Iris Textiles. Iris Textiles is a family owned business that is committed to innovation and to promoting conscious consumption. When confronted with the possibility to produce “upcycled” denim, Iris Textiles took a step forward toward environmental consciousness and THE NEW DENIM PROJECT was born. Eco textiles are a much needed resource for designers looking for environmental responsible alternatives in the supply chain when sourcing for materials for their productions and need to insist in more efficient and less harmful ways to produce.

THE NEW DENIM PROJECT by Iris Textiles – based in Guatemala

Arianne Engelberg – Creative Director


We have challenged ourselves to question our textile culture.

At Iris Textiles we aim to shift to new aesthetics providing an innovative, convenient and eco-friendly option to reduce environmental degradation. By applying environmentally conscious practices, such as “upcycling”, we will free ourselves from the global chain of toxic pollution and waste of our natural resources.

  • 500 million yards of denim fabric are wasted in factories yearly worldwide
  • 8,500 liters of water are used for each pair of jeans and 2,600 liters for each t-shirt produced

This is why we have chosen to emphasize our cotton recycling practices. We are very proud to introduce our newest project – THE NEW DENIM PROJECT – which consists exclusively of “upcycled” denim fabrics. By producing these fabrics, we manage to save raw materials, stop a vast amount of textile leftovers from going to waste, and drastically decrease the use of resources including water, land and chemicals.

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Be part of the Fashion Revolution

Promote industry transparency.

Concalma handbags are manufactured at Cooperativa Industrial Creación de la Montaña in Utuado Puerto Rico.



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About Concalma

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About Concalma brand:
Concalma brand is characterized not just by its line of fairly-traded, functional, high-quality hand and tote bags, but also by an environmentally responsible philosophy that uses available materials and supports local industry and designers. Translated into english, Concalma means “with ease” because Concalma products serve as tools to facilitate our physical flow from one place to another, treading lightly on our planet.

Handbags have been the main product at Concalma since 2006. The bags are manufactured at Cooperativa Industrial Creación de la Montaña which is an industrial sewing factory and women”s Cooperative in the mountainous regions of Utuado, Puerto Rico.
We have sold around 12,000 handbags since 2006.Collections

We manufacture small batches of high-quality products. Our collections consist of around 200 units every two months.
We make bags and products that are demonstrative of the fine line between the industrial and the artisanal.
Other products like bedspreads, curtains, and celebration flags are crafted out of materials that are left over from our handbag production.

Matilsha Marxuach: “Concalma es la mezcla de mi pasión y mi preocupación por el diseño y el comercio justo”


Thanks to Isabel Garcia from Caras de la Información – for the intrest in Concalma and the post | Gracias a Isabel Garcia de por el interes en Concalma y la entrevista.

Originally posted on Caras de la Información:

Las herramientas favoritas de Matilsha Marxuach, desde chiquita, eran las tijeras y la tela. Tras formarse decidió en 2006 crear Concalma Handbags, una empresa que busca difundir el mensaje del comercio justo en el mundo a través de la creación de bolsas en Puerto Rico. Desde el inicio Matilsha Marxuach quería que en su proyecto se cuidasen  los derechos de los trabajadores que fabrican esas piezas. Las bolsas de Concalma se realizan en la Cooperativa Industrial Creación de La Montaña, donde se fabrican cinco colecciones anuales para todos los gustos.

¿Qué es ConCalma Handbags?

Concalma Handbags es una línea de bolsos en tela que nace en 2006 diseñada por mi  y manufacturada en una cooperativa industrial de Puerto Rico.  Nuestra misión es diseñar y producir artículos de comercio justo, diseño, alta calidad y manufactura ética, proveyendo a el público una opción de consumo responsable y local.

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Bronx Museum of The Arts Holiday Pop Up Shop with Concalma The Store December 2014

Thanks to all that came to the opening of The Pop Up shop it was a fun time. To the Museum staff, sponsors and designers and artists, thank you for making it possible. Now the Pop Up shop its open for your Holiday shopping !!! Unique, products from Puerto Rican designers at the Bronx Museum of The Arts.

| 1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, New York 10456 T: 718-681-6000 |

All photos by Rafael Marxuach

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Bronx Museum Pop Up Shop with Concalma the Store - now open for your Holiday shopping

Bronx Museum Pop Up Shop with Concalma the Store – now open for your Holiday shopping

All photos by Rafael Marxuach

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Concalma handbags|NYC sale at AMO Studios






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Concalma Pop Up Shop at AMO Studios, NYC

Concalma —a company that designs and produces a brand that distributes practical, contemporary and high quality goods produced in fair trade practices— will be having a Pop-Up Shop of their iconic bags on July 1-3, 2014. The event will be held from 11am to 6pm at AMO Studios in New York City.This time they will be offering an exclusive edition handbag —which is a collaboration between artist Carolina Caycedo and Concalma— as well as a
musical intervention transmitted by Livestream from Puerto Rico by artist Joelito Magueyes

Diario Day tote

foto por Paola Isabel


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