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.
Paula Alejandra Perez
Product Design & Development
With over 5 years experience working with artisan communities in Colombia, Paula specialises in sustainable product development and design for social impact. She works directly with the artisans every day to create new designs and manage production.
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 & Communication
With years of experience working in Customer Service, Meesha is delighted to join the team as a Customer Service Manager and Executive Assistant. Helpful by nature, she is thrilled to be able to aid customers in enjoying the unique creations of The Colombia Collective.
Bogotá Warehouse Manager
When our handicrafts arrive at the warehouse in Bogotá, she is the first person to see them. Always very dedicated and attentive, Nubia works on each of our products, adding even more value and history to each piece. Single mother of 2, with a background in sewing and a bicycle lover, Nubia is our right-hand man on the ground.