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Our Story

I founded Catrinka with two friends in Brooklyn in 2013, after more than a decade of working in international development and finding extraordinary woman-made textiles on five continents. I have spent a lifetime looking for an affordable, high quality handbag featuring traditional textiles in a design and silhouette that works for the urban streets I call home - and I finally decided it was time to design it myself.

I made a commitment that every part of the business would be focused on financially empowering women & girls - opening doors and creating choices for them, so that they can have control over their own lives. I believe in women, in our capacity to hustle harder than anyone else, in the extraordinary skills we learn from our mothers and grandmothers, in our dedication to making a better life for our families and children.
-Original co-founder Megan Reilly Cayten



Today, Catrinka has started anew in Boston, Mass. with Megan still working in partnership with our new leader, Michaela (pictured above). We're expanding the original vision to make a larger impact by continuing to source and newly becoming a retailer for aligned brands.

We're now offering products from new locations (e.g., Morocco, Colombia) and have acquired the Proud Mary Footwear line formerly owned by Proud Mary Global Textiles.

Our original Catrinka designs (and still favorites!) marry indigenous textiles from Mexico and India with locally sourced fine leather and materials. Megan works directly with women artisans to create our textiles, and with women in two small production workshops to handcraft our original bags. We celebrate women's work - because like you, we know that the future is female, and investing in women and girls is what will change the world. We design and make durable, hand-crafted products with a soul, and a story, for women like you who get empowered by empowering other women and girls. The company is named after Megan's daughter. We hope our mission speaks to anyone who knows a girl or woman of any age and wants to make her dreams come true. 

This is how the original Catrinka model worked & our ultimate vision to reignite by the end of 2019 (every day we're 1 step closer!):

Catrinka was a proud inaugural (now alumni) fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.

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