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ABOUT

STORY

In 2023, I embarked on a life-changing journey to Colombia. What I found in the vibrant town of Palenque went far beyond my expectations. Immersed in the rhythmic dances, rich culture, and mouthwatering cuisine, I quickly realized that despite our geographical differences, we share more similarities than we often acknowledge.

During my time in Palenque, I stumbled upon a beautifully handcrafted handbag at a local market. Upon returning to the States, I was flooded with compliments about this unique piece. This inspired me to reach back out to the artisan who created it, and together, we formed a partnership that would bring the spirit of Palenque to the United States. Thus, Aubrey Taylor was born.

Our handbags are more than just fashion statements; they are symbols of cultural exchange and support for the incredible artisans of Palenque. Every purchase directly contributes to the well-being and growth of this remarkable community.

MISSION

To foster

cultural connections across the globe.

ONLY THE FINEST

At Aubrey Taylor, every handbag is a testament to the artistry and dedication of the skilled artisans of Palenque. Our bags are not just products; they are handcrafted pieces of art that carry the heart and soul of their creators. Each stitch, weave, and design element is meticulously crafted, ensuring that every handbag is unique and of the highest quality.

The process begins with carefully selecting the finest materials, reflecting the vibrant colors and rich textures of Palenque’s culture. Our artisans then bring these materials to life, infusing their expertise and love into every detail. The result is a collection of handbags that are as durable as they are beautiful, made to withstand the test of time while looking effortlessly stylish.

 

When you carry an Aubrey Taylor handbag, you carry a piece of Palenque’s heritage with you. Our commitment to quality and authenticity shines through in every piece, ensuring that each bag is not only a fashion statement but also a symbol of the care and craftsmanship that defines our brand.

 

Embrace the beauty of handmade craftsmanship with Aubrey Taylor, and experience the difference that true care makes.

By purchasing our handbags, you're not just making a fashion statement; you're making a difference. Each bag sold supports the artisans of Palenque, helping to preserve their traditions and improve their livelihoods.

 

Join us in celebrating the rich culture of Palenque. Carry a piece of their story with you, and let’s make every other handbag jealous together.

WHAT IS PALENQUE?

San Basilio de Palenque is a historic village located in Colombia, known as one of the first free towns in the Americas. Founded in the 17th century by escaped African slaves, Palenque became a sanctuary for freedom and resilience.

Historical Context: In the 1600s, Spanish colonizers brought Africans to Colombia to be enslaved. However, many brave individuals escaped the harsh conditions, seeking freedom and safety. These resilient escapees formed communities in remote areas, and San Basilio de Palenque was one of the first and most enduring.

Cultural Preservation: Palenque has preserved its rich African heritage through its unique music, dance, language, and traditions. This vibrant community stands as a testament to the strength, freedom, and cultural pride of its ancestors.

Artisanal Craftsmanship: The artisans of Palenque are renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship, creating beautiful, handmade goods that reflect the spirit and soul of their heritage. At Aubrey Taylor, we partner with these talented artisans to bring you handbags that are not just fashion statements, but pieces of history and culture.

Each bag you purchase helps support the artisans of Palenque and preserves their timeless traditions. Thank you for supporting our journey and carrying a piece of Palenque’s rich history with you.

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