This season, Echavarria is expanding her line of avant-garde, headpieces to handbags, inspired by the Iraca palm leaf weaving technique she discovered on a trip to Usiacurí, a town in the Colombian department of Atlántico, in 2015. Lucia felt that the delicate material of the palm leaf and the lace-like technique, which inspired her second collection of headpieces, could permeate beautifully into handbags, and so she set out to fuse the essence of this traditional Usiacurí technique into her own designs.
Each bag in her new collection uses the humble Iraca palm to weave intricate patterns, creating webs of flowers, spirals, and stripes. The bags are vibrant and colorful, and in some cases, dipped in gold to enhance their beauty. The mere workmanship and intricacies of the traditional craft are etched into every silhouette in a beautiful and modern way, creating a line of collectible evening bags that are more than just that. They’re truly objets d’art.