WHAT IS THE COLOMBIA COLLECTIVE?
The Colombia Collective believes every home tells a story and we want to bring yours to life. By working directly with artisan communities across Colombia (no middle-men here), we merge traditional techniques with modern design. The result is beautifully hand-crafted designs that offer just as much soul, as they do style.
HOW DID IT START?
In 2019, architect Kate Wrigley, was living in Colombia whilst working for the Mayor of Bogota. After discovering the country’s incredible craftsmanship, she began to spend her weekends travelling to visit artisans along the country’s Caribbean Coast. She couldn't believe that such beautiful techniques had been passed down for generations and yet their work remained mostly unknown outside of their communities. Determined to share the incredible stories and pieces she had discovered with friends back home, Kate soon began working with her first artisan in the tiny village of Usiacri.
Today, The Colombia Collective works with over 800 artisans from 14 different communities. Each of these has their own culture, identity and story that forms a fundamental part of their work. It is through constant collaboration and learning with these communities that we bring you the completely unique collections you see today.
MEET THE TEAM
Founder & Creative Director
Kate started her career as an architect and designer in the UK, before moving to Bogotá to work for the Mayor. A few years into her time in Colombia, she discovered the incredible work of the artisans and couldn’t believe it lay largely undiscovered. Before long, The Colombia Collective was born.
Marketing & Editorial
With over twelve years creating leading content for luxury brands and major publications (including 8 years at Harvey Nichols, as well as Grazia and Niche Media in New York), Chiara is thrilled to be the voice behind the collective.
Operations & Logistics
Living in Bogota with an Anglo-Colombian husband, it's safe to say Camila's attachment to the country is firmly established. She is amazed by the range and quality of Colombian handicrafts on a daily basis and is delighted to play a part in sharing these with the world.
Sales and Communication
After time spent living and travelling extensively in Latin America, working in luxury travel and as an advisor to local brands in hospitality and sustainability, Venetia brings her creativity and passion for Colombia to growing The Colombia Collective community!