We recently had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala for our new client, Alma Guatemalan. From handbags to accessories, all of their products are handcrafted by local artisans and each piece is delicately handmade with natural elements, natural dyes, Ixcaco cotton and leather. Every purchase promotes economic development by supporting fair trade practices and ensuring the suppliers are paid appropriately for their time and work. In addition, the company keeps close relationships with the people and community of Guatemala. Because each piece is delicately handcrafted, all of Alma's products are one-of-a-kind bringing you the soul of the country with each item.
As our plane descended into Guatemala, the three of us were giddy with excitement! It’s amazing how much of a mood changer warm air and sunshine in February can be. Antigua was nothing short of charming. Cobblestone roads weaved throughout bright stucco buildings and behind every door was a quaint garden filled with lush vegetation and elaborate fountains. We spent our first day exploring the town, practicing our limited Spanish with the locals, and of course enjoying the cuisine. We were in awe of all the craftsmanship the markets offered. Colorful bags, hand carved flutes, beaded necklaces, the list goes on.
The rest of the week was filled with beautiful photoshoots. From a boat ride on Lake Atitlán to a horse drawn carriage throughout town, Antigua offered a photo opportunity on every corner. Our client, Tom, was a fantastic tour guide as he showed us different areas of beautiful landscapes. And don’t even get us started on our model Molly. We ADORED her! Her wardrobe was on point and she killed it at every pose. Not to mention she was totally fun to hang out with and get to know. It was an unbelievable experience to visit Guatemala and there is no doubt we will be back sooner than later. There is so much more to say, but we know that words will not do the beauty of the country justice. Instead, enjoy the pictures and pretend you are in Guatemala soaking up the sun. Follow along with Alma Guatemalan here and here as we post pictures and curate their brand around the soul of Guatemala!