Bags & Accessories, Home Textiles, Shoes

Products For: Unisex, Women 
Location: Levallois Perret, France
Founded in: 2020
Empowerment: Small-Business, Woman-Led
CEO: Charlotte Duthoit

Brand Story

At Legado, we believe that handmade pieces are truly special, they tell a story. For the indigenous communities in Mexico, their craft is much more than a source of income, it’s really part of their identity. Legado means legacy in Spanish. We think it is very important to preserve this legacy. Legado wants to celebrate this know-how and help preserve what has been passed down from generation to generation. We offer fashion accessories and home goods made from Mexican ancestral textiles collaborating directly with the local artisans.

BRAND TRANSPARENCY

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FAIR TRADE ﹣ What makes your brand Fair Trade and how do you ensure the Fair Trade production?

Our objective is to promote Mexican ancestral craftsmanship and make our business profitable in the long term so we can keep giving work to the local artisans and really help them preserve their crafts. We are committed to following fair trade practices in all aspects of our business. We work directly with the artisans and they fix the costs. They are mainly female artisans and besides their craft activity they are also mums, farmers, cooks, or have any other activities so they all work from home at their own pace.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE ﹣ How do you ensure Social Justice with your internal and external corporate environment?

The people we work with are all treated equally and come from different backgrounds and experiences. What we value is their talent regardless of their origin, gender, skin color, religion or sexuality. We want to make sure the artisans are visible and recognized for their work.

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ECO/TECH ﹣ Please list all ECO/TECH materials you work with. What makes this material sustainable and better than conventional material?

We work only with natural fiber: cotton and jute. The textile we work we is entirely hand woven or embroidered by hand according to the ancestral methods.

HANDCRAFTED ﹣ How does the exact handcrafting process works?

The common thread of Legado is the ancestral craft. We work starting form ancestral techniques from indigenous communities to create beautiful handmade products. The technique we use from now is the backstrap look, a prehispanic technique to weave textile and the hand embroidery.

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ZERO WASTE ﹣ Which processes in your supply chain are zero waste?

As all our products are completely handmade we offer very limited series.

VEGAN ﹣ How you can ensure that your entire product collection is Vegan? If vegan-approved by a recognized organization such as PETA or Vegan Society, please name them.

The main materials we work with are natural fibers such as cotton or jute.

CULTURAL SUPPORT ﹣ How do you culturally support local traditions and communities, democratic politics and education, especially in the countries where your brand operates?

For the indigenous communities we work with their craft is much more than a source of income, it is really part of their identity. Working directly with them allow them to work with dignity from their craft and help them preserve what has been passed down from generation to generation.

Listed: 9 July 2021
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