Partnered with a small Colombian tribe, fair-trade, and charitable company Salt is doing their part in promoting both authenticity and financial support to low-income regions.
Salt’s only product is their hand-woven cross-body handbag strap, which serves as a style item as well as a more comfortable way to carry a large bag. Comparing it to a strap that is thin and shoulder-biting. The large strap also gives security for those whose bag straps have ripped on them in the past.
The reason why these bag straps are unique is that they were created, by hand, by the indigenous people of the Wayuu tribe in Colombia, Latin America.
The founders of the company, Kacy Lubell and Marla Toplitzky, have been inseparable since college. On a trip to the site of the pre-Colombian Mayan city of Tulum, Kacy greatly appreciated the bag Marla brought. Ironically, Marla had picked up a Wayuu mochila bag from a free market in Brooklyn, New York, before going to Colombia. After the two realized they found the bag strap, Salt was conceived.
Staying true to the original bag’s roots, a fair-trade partnership was formed with the Wayuu people. Respecting all of their traditions and craft, Salt merely acts as a middle-man for the Wayuu tribe, happily donating a portion of their revenue to the Wayúu Tayá Foundation.
Founders, Kacy and Marla, also named five out of their seven available bag straps after each of their little ones. Kacy’s boys Duke, Beau, and Jack. Marla’s two children, Annabelle and Benny. And after knowing each other since college, Kacy and Marla are very happy to finally be working alongside eachother.